American Assassin (Mitch Rapp Series #11)

American Assassin (Mitch Rapp Series #11)

by Vince Flynn
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American Assassin (Mitch Rapp Series #11) by Vince Flynn

Now a major motion picture
#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn introduces the young Mitch Rapp as he takes on his first covert assignment.

Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world...and then tragedy struck. Terrorists attacked innocent American citizens, and Rapp’s girlfriend was among the murdered. Two hundred and seventy souls perished on 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. Now he wants retribution.

Two decades of cutthroat partisan politics have left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. America must confront Islamic terrorism with full force. Stansfield directs his protégée, 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? Six months of intense training have prepared him to take 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 terrorist 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.

Behind the steely gaze of the nation's ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American assassin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416595182
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Mitch Rapp Series , #11
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn (1966–2013) created one of contemporary fiction’s most popular heroes: CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp, featured in thirteen of Flynn’s acclaimed political thrillers. All of his novels are New York Times bestsellers, including his stand-alone debut novel, Term Limits. 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, Pursuit of Honor, The Last Man, The Survivor, Order to Kill, and Enemy of the State. American Assassin will be released as a major film in 2017.

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American Assassin (Mitch Rapp Series #11) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2370 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
DHSMike More than 1 year ago
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.
Corifrog More than 1 year ago
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!
Kitwa More than 1 year ago
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.
Annicka More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bdaniel More than 1 year ago
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?
BookishGalAR More than 1 year ago
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.
AnonymousWriterNY More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Robynn More than 1 year ago
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.
rafyl More than 1 year ago
This book appears to have been thrown together. The errors are unacceptable and the plot could have been thought out a little more.
jeanbean74 More than 1 year ago
Actually what I am considering doing is contacting the publishers. I'm sure they would not be happy that so many readers were so unhappy with Nooks version of one of their most popular authors. I have read every book that V. Flynn has writtrn and this is the first time I have been disappointed. And I do believe it is directly attributed to the bad proofreading as well as a lot of omitted story line due to abridgement.
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
American Assassin is one of the best books I’ve ever read. The book develops slowly but gradually gathers momentum. This is the first "Mitch Rapp Series" book I have read. The book covers the beginning of Rapp's training days as well as his first few assignments. Flynn incorporates many characters in this story; however, these characters can be difficult to keep track of. The novel also explains how Irene Kennedy and Stan Hurley are ordered by Thomas Stansfield to create a team of super agents who will be unofficial spies and soldiers. The government knows nothing of their existence and they work strictly under the table. Flynn also clarifies Rapp’s reason for wanting to become an agent. If you haven’t read Vince Flynn books before this is a great place to start. This book is quite comparable to the novels written by James Patterson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of bad reviews for this book, but I loved it! I thought the story was great, the content was interesting, and the pace kept me turning pages. Don't listen to all the nay sayers, this book kicks serious ass!
daisymML More than 1 year ago
My book club chose this book for February. This is not the kind of book I usually read but found it to be very interesting and couldn't wait to read what happened next. I would definitely read more of Vince Flynn's books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The intel, games, foreshadowing and descriptive action entices unlike most action novels.
Warner22 More than 1 year ago
There are typos, but it is a very good book, and good starting point for Mitch Rapp. I almost did not read due to the numerous complaints on the editing, but am glad that I did. The few errors do not distract from the story (unless you let it). Would highly recommend, as American Assassin is on par with the rest of the series.
Regis_Schilken More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a read that unleashes an American Assassin against world terrorists, this thriller is genuine fodder for you. Recall the Pan Am incident that shredded the bodies of two-hundred-seventy people into blood, bits and pieces that rained down upon Lockerbie, Scotland along with mangled pieces of an enormous jet plane. Like 9/11, we can never shove Lockerbie into our subconscious because of the outright rage such cowardly acts by sub-humans cause deep within us. We have all experienced abject horror trying to imagine what it was like to be aboard that plane. We have felt sorrow and pity for children and loved ones whose families were ripped asunder. In each of us, there was also a certain alarm that these same murderers could strike again, even in our own lives. To be truthful, there was, and still is, the very human reaction of wanting justified revenge against the demonic savages responsible. Mitch Rapp lost a loved one on that flight. But unlike most of us, Rapp decided to seek revenge. With the death of the one he loved, Rapp decided that he would rather die killing those responsible for Lockerbie than live, knowing her killers were still alive. After a brutal six month training program where he honed his skills, particularly his weapons skills, Rapp was sent forth as an unknown American to wreak havoc not only against the Lockerbie planners and financial supporters, but against the terrorist world in general. Rapp had a new identity. He would act on orders of CIA Operations Director, Thomas Stansfield. Undercover agents throughout the terrorist world fed Stansfield damning information regarding high-ranking terrorists. He learned of their infamous bombing activies which had claimed the lives of many and injured so many more around the free world. Rapp, the American Assassin traveled through Europe leaving behind him the deaths of many high-level terrorists. In those killings where Rapp worked alone, the man had a sinister sense of locating, killing, and escaping a location leaving behind not a shred of evidence. To him, killing any terrorist was simply retribution-justice meted out by him without a trial or jury particularly with so much amassed field evidence. While working one kill with his brutal American trainer, the two acquire pass codes for a number of terrorist bank accounts. They empty enormous sums from these accounts into new accounts throughout the world. The banker who has given up the information they kill. Now various nations who had contributed to those accounts suspect foul play from each other. The terrorist world is thrown into disarray. But Rapp slowly becomes aware that he, the hunter, is now being hunted. Already, Beruit has captured his American trainer and are torturing him. That man even begs his captors to kill him. If Rapp is captured, will he withstand torture? After all his intense brutal training in the United States, will he still be able to maintain the mental acuteness to save himself and his trainer? And this is precisely where this reviewer will leave you. The answers to these tortuous questions can be found by reading the American Assassin. It is a tale not meant for the feint hearted. From its opening pages, the book revels in machismo, brutality, physical and mental endurance, and killing enemies who have murdered or maimed others. If you enjoy stories of males who appear superhuman or who take on herculean feats, this story is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must say that I have never read Vince Flynn before, but have ordered all his books because I believe that he has potential to be really enjoyable. I wasn't happy with the typos, but you can't blame the author for that. I can't wait to read the rest of Flynn's books. Even though it dragged at times, I wanted to read on, so if you enjoy espionage, go for this book.
coachRS More than 1 year ago
Vince has written another nail biter.If you love Vince books,you need to read Power Down by Ben Coe.
corps57 More than 1 year ago
Have read everyone and enjoyed...this one a lot to be desired. Just do not churn them out. Good luck.
KEPowell More than 1 year ago
The typos and grammar errors didn't bother me. What got me whas Mitch came into camp and was already a bad A**. He was too cocky and sure of himself. I was highly disappointed.