American Assassin

American Assassin

Book - 2010
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Syracuse University student Mitch Rapp broods over the deaths of his girlfriend and thirty-four other classmates on the bombed Pan Am Flight 103, until he is recruited and trained by the CIA and receives his first assignment--to kill the Turkish arms dealer who sold the bomb that killed his friends.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781501180804
9781416595199
9781416595182
Branch Call Number: Fiction Flynn
Characteristics: x, 435 p. ; 25 cm

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AnarS
Nov 08, 2018

The American Assassin was an awesome read commencing with Mitch Rapp’s upbringing to assist readers comprehend his full potential. As a 22+ year old adolescent, his character had been portrayed ideally in terms of his reflexes, retributions, speed and response to opposition. Exterminating Hamdi Sharif had been done professionally to corroborate his maturity in decision making. Rapp’s encounter with Stan Hurley helps reminisce the facts of life with Stan being a typical boss - conventional and pig headed in today’s world, but deludes prestige or responsibility during the later stages of the novel.
The appearances of characters like Assef, Abu Radih and Mikhael Ivanov distresses readers with their horrendous treatment. The author's depiction of Irene Kennedy continues to impress. How she and Hurley learn to tolerate each other remains nebulous.

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dirtbag1
Mar 24, 2017

Found this at the hotel we were staying at in Mexico. First time reading one of Flynns' books. Great beach read.

jackob Oct 13, 2016

wonderfull book R.I.P Vince Flynn

GEIMEX Oct 31, 2015

Sad he left us at very early age. He was a good author. Had put lots of thinking in creating stories. I have read most of his books. I have just finished reading this book. noticed grammatical and spelling errors also poor editing. I got confused when I read that Hurley joined the conversation with Rapp and Ridley when Hurley was being held hostage by Sayyed? (See page 424 & 425)

rollingstock Oct 21, 2014

Good read if one can get by the numerous grammatical errors, I never realized he succumbed to prostrate cancer last year until after I'd read the book. This was the first I've read by the author and found it middle of the road for the genre.

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kentpad
Jul 11, 2014

Another great Vince Flynn book.

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aleja415
Jul 11, 2013

This book is so great! So great that it made being an assassing the coolest thing in the world!

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Onewhoissaved
Mar 03, 2013

American Assassin failed to deliver any crunch time drama. Vince Flynn does not know how to deliver coordinated characters. Usually his bad guys are more believable than his good guys. This book is like puffed popcorn, looking big but gone in a New York second without must aftertaste. Maybe Vince Flynn will learn to consistently write stuff I really want to read. A big maybe.

3/3/2013:
Kill Shot was the first Mitch Rapp book I read. It certainly is much, much better than American Assassin. But I do not need another rehash of someone whose only aim in life is to kill someone he does not like even if the bad guy is an enemy to America. Keep trying Flynn. Your reputation is high and you should deliver your very, very best to the reader.

jcphilli Nov 07, 2012

Like the Star Wars saga, Vince Flynn goes back to the beginning to explain how we got to where we are. The pursuit, enrolment, training and initiation of Mitch Rapp into the world of Counter Terrorism.
Flynn rights well (even if his copy editor is obviously flawed), keeps the story moving and the reader interested.

Hangerman May 26, 2012

Rapp is terrific. I really enjoy these prequels. Flynn always had difficulty with his grammar. His first few books also had spelling errors. Maybe an editor or proof reader would help.

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kentpad
Jul 11, 2014

Another classic Spy/terror book that keeps you on the edge of you seat.

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