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Publisher's Summary

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck.

Two decades of cutthroat partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA operations director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America's shores. Stansfield directs his protégé, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague Stan Hurley to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of command - men who do not exist.

What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution.

Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring the war to the enemy's doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves on to Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesn't know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.

Includes the first chapter from Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills' latest thriller, Enemy of the State!

©2010 Vince Flynn (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

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captivating

The characters were facinating. It is a multi-faceted story with twists and turns, must read.

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Winding road...
I know there are tons of fans out there-but I think there are way better options to Flynn.

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Decent story, but not great

Would you listen to American Assassin again? Why?

No. One time is enough.

What was one of the most memorable moments of American Assassin?

The last 10 chapters were pretty good, but the first 2/3's of the book were fairly slow.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He did pretty well, but his voice for one of the main characters was grating; I barely made it through.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

This was a decent book and I might listen to the other books in the series if they have different narrators.

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Great 1st Look

Previously read but narrated version was surprisingly entertaining. Stan's age/voice was distracting. Seemed too old for his vitality.

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Great action story

I stumbled onto the Vince Flynn books on my way to the beach one year. My wife and I have been fans since then. This is the first time I heard the American Assassin story, and I enjoyed it as just a fun story to listen to.

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Incredibly entertaining

After finishing all the Daniel Silva books, I was looking for another set along the same line, international by thriller. I also love George Guidal as a narrator. This book was highly entertaining, and the narrative performance fantastic! Characters were well-developed, sympathetic, and likable. Would highly recommend this book, and looking forward to starting the next one in the series, which I will do in about five minutes!

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Awesome!

Great story & the narration is perfect! A total 10 for sure. George Guidall has the voices down

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2nd time around

Slow summer so I decided to start on the Rapp series for 2 nd time. This time starting with American Assassin. Didn't disappoint...ready for the ride again!!!RIP Vince Flynn

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Mitch Rapp!!

George Guidall brings to life all the characters in the books he reads. It is a joy listening to him. We will all miss Vince Flynn. He is a fantastic writer, I am not a big reader but the audiobook is a way for me to enter another world. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Good book, keep my attention easily.

Good storyline, with strong character development. A book I would recommend to those who like to read about American-bad asses.