I am an avid Jack Reacher (Lee Child) reader. I own his entire 21 book series and have read it several times. I'm always looking for similar action thrillers with strong male leads. Along the way I discovered Lucas Davenport, Virgil Flowers, and so on. But these Mitch Rapp series never seem to show up on my recommendations until recently. I read the reviews...they all seem to put Mitch in the same category as my other favs. WooHoo....finally....another series discovered. I started with American Assassin, listed as Mitch Rapp #1. It was okay...the writing was not as I expected it would be but decided perhaps it was a function of character development and I needed to give the author another shot. So I read Kill
Shot, listed as Mitch Rapp #2. Eh.....it was okay too...a little better. Then I had to decided if to continue or just search for another series I might like better. What the heck!?!?! I bought Transfer of Power, listed as Mitch Rapp #3. WOW!! What a diference....spectacular book....had trouble putting it down...was staying up half the night!! After finishing with it, I purchased the rest of the series and did a little more research on Vince Flynn. I found that he had passed away in 2013 and the 1st 2 novels were written as a sort of "prequel" for the series by another writer, Kyle Mills. I'm sure it is difficult to insert yourself into the writing style of another author, especially if you're trying to go backwards and "redevelop" an existing character. If I'd paid attention to the published dates, I probably would have figured this out and started with the 3rd one. This is certainly not meant to slam Kyle Mills as an author. But in comparison to the 3rd book in the series and forward, the first 2 prequels seemed cumbersome, forced and left questions unanswered.