Vince Flynn
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Vince Flynn

The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.

After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up. While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits.

Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Term Limits hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback and started a trend for all of Flynn's novels. Since then, his books have become perennial bestsellers in both paperback and hardcover, and he has become known for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of Islamic Radical Fundamentalism and terrorism. Read by current and former presidents, foreign heads of state, and intelligence professionals around the world, Flynn's novels are taken so seriously one high-ranking CIA official told his people, "I want you to read Flynn's books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror."

October 2007 marked another milestone in Flynn's career when his ninth political thriller, Protect and Defend, became a #1 New York Times bestseller. A few months later, CBS Films optioned the rights for Flynn's Mitch Rapp character with the intention of creating a character-based, action-thriller movie franchise. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who previously launched the Harry Potter and Matrix films as head of production at Warner Bros., and Nick Wechsler (We Own the Night, Reservation Road) will produce the films.

Flynn's 10th hardcover, Extreme Measures, was published in October 2008. It was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel, Kill Shot, was published in Fenbruary 2012.

The Mitch Rapp story begins with American Assassin, followed by Kill Shot Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor.

Influences: Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gore Vidal, and John Irving. Flynn lived in Minneapolis with his wife and three children until he died in June 2013.

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Best Sellers

    • Red War

    • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 17
    • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

    When Max Krupin - Russia's leader - discovers that his kidney cancer has spread to his brain, he's determined to hide his diagnosis. He begins by getting rid of anyone threatening to him - as well as creating chaos in the region to keep the world's attention diverted....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Bad

    • By Linda H. on 09-29-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • American Assassin

    • By: Vince Flynn
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15,275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,035
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,004

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world. And then tragedy struck....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Twenty Questions

    • By Toulon Belle on 11-22-15

    Regular price: $35.93

    • Enemy of the State

    • A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 16
    • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,380
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,003
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,987

    After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Scott brick

    • By mikeyfacerva on 09-19-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Kill Shot

    • An American Assassin Thriller
    • By: Vince Flynn
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,672
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,420
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,369

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series

    • By OldRetiredGuy on 02-10-12

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Transfer of Power

    • Mitch Rapp Series
    • By: Vince Flynn
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,391
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,342
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,333

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Huge Fan, but....

    • By Thomas on 05-20-11

    Regular price: $28.30

    • The Third Option

    • Mitch Rapp Series
    • By: Vince Flynn
    • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,426
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,582
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,554

    CIA operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • If it had an ending, I'd give it a 5.

    • By Henry on 06-07-11

    Regular price: $28.30

    • Order to Kill

    • Mitch Rapp Series
    • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,994
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,385
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,350

    The CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Strong, fast paced, good vs. evil story

    • By ScottG on 10-27-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Survivor

    • By: Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,929
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7,330
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,294

    Top-secret data has been stolen from the CIA, and the only man who knows its hiding place is dead. CIA operative Mitch Rapp must race to find the classified information....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Seamless Mitch Rapp truly honors the Vince Flynn l

    • By Lynnett on 10-08-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Executive Power

    • Mitch Rapp Series
    • By: Vince Flynn
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,822
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,961
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931

    Returning from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp was publicly hailed by the president for his role in the fight against terrorism....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fast paced thriller(s)

    • By Dan on 06-04-11

    Regular price: $28.30

    • Memorial Day

    • By: Vince Flynn
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,243
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,002
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,970

    It's just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ditto on the High Fives!

    • By Phyllis on 03-06-11

    Regular price: $28.30

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