American Assassin (Mitch Rapp Series #11)

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Vince Flynn’s stunning #1 New York Times bestseller introduces the young Mitch Rapp on his first assignment, a mission of vengeance that made him a CIA superagent.

Two decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine operatives—men who do not exist—to meet this burgeoning threat abroad, before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield’s protégé, Irene Kennedy, finds the ideal candidate in ...

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Overview

Vince Flynn’s stunning #1 New York Times bestseller introduces the young Mitch Rapp on his first assignment, a mission of vengeance that made him a CIA superagent.

Two decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine operatives—men who do not exist—to meet this burgeoning threat abroad, before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield’s protégé, Irene Kennedy, finds the ideal candidate in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Among the thousands grieving the victims is Mitch Rapp, a gifted college athlete, who wants only one thing: retribution. Six months of intense training prepare him to devastate the enemy with brutal efficiency, leaving a trail of bodies from Istanbul and across Europe, to Beirut. But there, the American assassin will need every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war-ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions.

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This action-packed prequel sets the stage for the ten previous Mitch Rapp thrillers. American Assassin takes readers back to the event that changed the future operative's life, the 1988 Lockerbie Pan Am Flight 103 bombing that killed 270 people, including the woman he loved. This act of mass terror puts Rapp irrevocably on a death-defying path against evil extremist conspirators. A rousing work by a favorite of right-leaning media; now in mass market paperback and NOOK Book.

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“Mitch Rapp is still the best CIA-trained human weapon this side of Jason Bourne.” —Contra Costa Times (California)

“Captivating.” —Glenn Beck

Publishers Weekly
With this 11th Mitch Rapp adventure, Flynn does something a little different. Taking a step back in time, he tells the story of how Rapp initially came to work for the CIA. As a young man, Rapp lost his fiancée in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103. Grief-stricken, he swears revenge on the terrorists. He's quickly recruited by the CIA and soon makes his first kill and is on his way to his first clandestine mission. George Guidall has a keen ear for dialogue, and his relaxed reading keeps Flynn's sometimes overheated prose and over-the-top plot grounded in a realm of believability. Still, he is more than capable of pulling out the stops when the action kicks in, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats once the bullets begin to fly. Flynn delivers his usual high-octane international thriller, but, in giving Rapp's backstory, he's infused it with more depth and heart than usual, and Guidall matches him beat for beat, proving himself a fine choice of storyteller. An Atria hardcover. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416595199
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Series: Mitch Rapp Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 32,954
  • Product dimensions: 3.98 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Vince Flynn

Vince Flynn is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and three children. Visit his website at VinceFlynn.com.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

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    This is a refreshing Rapp tale as Vince Flynn tells the story of how he became the CIA superagent

    CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield understands the Cold War is over as the economic chaos begins to implode the Soviet empire. However, On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all on board and several in the town; Stansfield realizes a new adversary has taken its first visible strike.

    Islamic terrorism has begun so to take the fight overseas, Stansfield orders Irene Kennedy and Stan Hurley to create a team who do not exist so that they can work outside the cage of politicians. Kennedy recruits twenty two year old college athlete Mitch Rapp who shows a propensity for stealth; however, the kid has no interest in working for the incompetent Feds as he only wants to murder those who murdered the Lockerbie victims. Soon he and Hurley go at it to see if he has the right stuff. Six months later, Rapp is in Istanbul to bring the war to the east starting with the efficient assassination of the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives. Soon after the first kill, bodies are left on two continents with Rapp knowing Beirut awaits him, but unaware his adversary plans to greet him as an honored dead man.

    This is a refreshing Rapp tale as Vince Flynn tells the story of how he became the CIA superagent. Fast-paced throughout, Mr. Flynn uses the Lockerbie tragedy as the impetus for converting Rapp. Fans of the saga will relish the hero's tyro days starting with the bruising first nutcracker battle in the Virginia barn between Rapp and Hurley, his killing of the murderers and their associates and culminating in his escapades to survive the hells of Beirut. This is a great entry in a strong series.

    Harriet Klausner

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Flynn disappointment

    Not even close to the prior 11 great Flynn novels. Rapp is an automaton not a rookie. No background information such as Islamic terrorism or PanAm Lockerbie provided which could have been in this setting. Flynn phoned this one in. Read like a publisher's merry-go-round assignment to produce 150,000 words a year. If you've never read Flynn, don't start here! If you have, skip it.

    13 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    Story great, editing horrible

    Been reading Vince since the beginning. Good story and up to par. Some serious editing issues in this one though. This one was the only time the typos were out of control and interrupted my reading. Get a new copy editor guys. A few technical errors as well which usually aren't there in Vince's books- one quick example- the safety on Beretta 92 series pistols moves down for safe and up for fire- the "red is dead" shows when the lever is up- not the other way around.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    Editorial change needed!

    I have never read a book that had so many errors in a first edition! Transposing names of characters, horrid grammar that truly interferes with scenes and much more. Using "with increasing rapidly" jars the reader and that was the first, on page 4! It should have been either "rapidly increasing" or with increasing rapidity". If that was all it could easily be overlooked, but page after page of errors continually interfere with the flow of the plot. I would have rated it higher, but just cannot. I'd love a job as proofreader for him and even without a massive number of college degrees I'm sure I'd do a better job of it!

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    What happened? Not up to par

    I love the Mitch Rapp series and usually read them in two days. I've had American Assassin for a month and have only gotten to the middle and don't care to finish! It's plodding and uninteresting - too much time spent on day by day accounts of Rapp's training at The Farm, too much time spent on Stan Hurley coming to grips with Rapp's talent...dull, dull, dull. Would have been better with some interaction between Mitch and his girlfriend and develop that relationship so readers can understand why Rapp was so moved to avenge her death - instead she's a passing reference. Also all the typos are distracting. Overall, very disappointing and I want to return it.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2010

    Not worth $27.99. Can I get a refund?

    I was really let down with this one. It was interesting in the beginning, but just DRAGGED on. And there were so many typos including switching of main character names in one chapter. I was confused and then disappointed. I also need to add that American Assassin takes us back to the beginning of Mitch Rapp's spook career. If this book would have been first in the series, I would not have picked up another.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Disappointing, too many errors

    The story became un-enjoyable because of the many (24 that I counted) errors in the writing, either grammatically or reference to the wrong character. Looked like the book was coming of an assembly line. Wasted my money this time.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2010

    Entertaining

    The first Rapp novel I read several years ago was the first time since high school I actually read an entire book. I have been hooked since and have always wondered when the story of Rapp's recruitment would be told. I enjoyed the book but there was many mistakes and sometimes I wondered if someone actually proof-read it before publication. I love the characters, but where does he go now with the series?

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2010

    Don't bother

    Terrible editing--too many typos; grammatic errors; inconsistent segues; characters' names mixed up (e.g. "Mark" instead of "John" Cummins). At times I felt as if a "protege" of Flynn's was writing it. Took me two weeks to finish because it was so uninteresting--normally I would stay up half the night to finish one of books. Boring, boring, boring.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 26, 2010

    Bogie

    Sadly, after reading all of Mr. Flynn's novels, I don't feel that American Assassin is up to his usual standards. This one is a bogie.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    Retribution Rules, Mitch Rapp's Origins

    American Assassin by Vince Flynn This is a prequel to the Mitch Rapp series. This book provides the details of what made Mitch Rapp into the man he is and what motivates his behavior. There is distinct political commentary on how we should be addressing terrorists. Vince Flynn will never be criticized for lack of action. The book just jumps! Once gain Mitch Rapp shows his mettle. I really enjoyed the fleshing out of the details as to how Mitch became a government agent and the reasons behind that decision. The plot is right out of the daily paper. (or web) Flynn creates memorable characters. Stan Hurley is unforgettable. The violence is graphic and not for the faint of heart. I loved the book and I do lean in the direction of Old Testament justice which is epitomized by Mitch Rapp. I highly recommend this book and anything else Vince Flynn writes.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    I liked the book, wish someone would have proofread it!

    I liked the book, even though there were tons of cliched terms ("the jig is up"). I just wish the editor did his/her job and actually edited the book. There was an instance where they used the wrong name for the character he was referring to! It was very distracting to read a book full of such unprofessional errors.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    Very disappointing

    The author had what initially appeared to be a good idea: explore the beginnings of Mitch Rapp's career as a CIA black ops agent. But as Flynn writes in his Acknowledgments section, "Publishing.is a dynamic, exciting industry where things can go wrong." Several things went badly awry with this novel. There are an astounding number of typographical/grammatical errors, e.g., "Your sure?" Is this the fault of the editor or a proofreader? The overblown opening about Rapp's training and the hurried ending seem to indicate that Flynn didn't have much to say after all. Maybe he is tiring of his protagonist. Perhaps the publisher pressured him into releasing the manuscript too soon. Whatever the reasons American Assassin is the low point of what has been a mostly-entertaining series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    Flat Hero

    I love all the books in the series and this one could have really soared but instead fell flat. It dragged and waited too long for the action we crave from Mitch. Also, there were so many grammatical errors in this book it was unprofessional. Brad Thor is nipping at Vince's heels and he best watch over his shoulder. He is catching up fast, especially after this dud.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2010

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    Price is ridiculous for an ebook

    No way would I pay this much for an ebook.

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    YES!!WHAT STARTED IT ALL!!FINALLY!!THE BEGINNING OF THE MITCH RAPP LEGEND!!!!

    OMG!OMG!OMG! I can't wait for this book! I have read all the Mitch Rapp books at least three times. The books are amazing and you never get bored from reading them. Mitch is awesome. I love him. This book is going to be amazing. I know it! It better not mean that this is the end of the series though... I think we all can agree we want, no need, more MITCH RAPP!!! I want to know if he's going to rekindle his relationship with Donny. AHH! It's going to be great! (B&N only let's you recommend five books but I recommend the entire Mitch Rapp series)
    Hey, you know, if you like the seies, you should also watch the tv show 24. That Jack Bauer is kinda like Mitch. I like Jack but of course, Mitch will always be the best.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    no

    this book appeared in my library and wont go away

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Not One of His best

    Have read everyone and enjoyed...this one a lot to be desired. Just do not churn them out. Good luck.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Not up to VF's standards

    This book appears to have been thrown together. The errors are unacceptable and the plot could have been thought out a little more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    Better than Athena Plot

    This terrorist fighter genre needs to go by the boards. 99% of these "thrillers" do not have an ounce of surprise or creativity.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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