Book Review: American Assassin by Vince Flynn


It’s been a good book month for me.  I told the Hubs last night how happy I am that I buy my books at garage sale.  Mostly, it’s because I find things that I never would have picked up had I strolled into Half Price Books all by my lonesome.  It’s also because when (and fortunately this happens rarely) I get a book that I just can’t stand, I probably didn’t pay more than a quarter for it.  Whoo hoo! 

Anyways, like I was saying, it’s been a good book month.  Everything I’ve read this month I’ve liked. 

We’re going to start with this book, American Assassin by Vince Flynn.  I’ve never read anything Mr. Flynn has written.  Also, just in case you’re wondering, I never read the back (or in the inside cover) of a book before I start reading.  I just dive in without any expectations.  I sort of love that. 

I loved this book.  Period.  It’s about a black-ops CIA operative named Mitch Rapp who’s just a badass.  Here’s the synopsis via Barnes & Noble:

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 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? 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 onto 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.

As action-packed, fast-paced, and brutally realistic as it gets, Flynn’s latest page-turner shows readers how it all began. Behind the steely gaze of the nation’s ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American Assassin.

Normally, this isn’t the kind of book I’d take off the shelf and start reading but I truly enjoyed this book and wouldn’t mind picking up another one of Flynn’s books sometime soon.  Here’s hoping there’s more in my garage sale stacks! 

It’s interesting because this is actually book 11 in the series but it’s the prequel to the first 10.  I always think it’s interesting when things are written out of order like that.  It also touches on something sort of close to home… I was in my first semester of college when 9/11 happened.  I remember that day so clearly and I honestly don’t think I could ever forget it.  At the time, I didn’t know anyone serving in the military or anyone who was directly affected by the tragic events of that day.  It didn’t make the day any less powerful though.  I think, most of us wanted to do something (at least once the shock wore off).  I totally get the way this guy feels… he lost someone he loves and now he wants to do something about it.  Even if you didn’t feel that way on 9/11, wouldn’t you feel that way if someone you loved was murdered by some guy with a gun in an alley?  You’d want justice.  And there are some people who want that justice with their own two hands.  I’m totally that kind of person.  Still, you don’t get the impression that the main character, Mitch Rapp, is fueled with anger.  He’s just determined.  He wants to make a difference (he wants payback too, it’s true).  I think mostly he just wants to make sure that what happened to his fiancé doesn’t happen to anyone else. 

Anywho, I could go on and on and turn this into a post about the uses of covert operations and whatnot but it’s supposed to be a book review so here’s my sell:  it’s a great, light read.  It’s quick.  It’s funny in places.  I enjoyed every minute of it and couldn’t put it down.  Go read it!

One response to “Book Review: American Assassin by Vince Flynn

  1. Pingback: Book Review: Kill Shot by Vince Flynn « changingmymarbles

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