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Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 21, 2012

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Book 2 of 2 in the Mitch Rapp Prequel Series

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"The voice of today's postmodern thriller generation, Flynn has never been better." --"Providence Journal"

"There's a reason [Vince Flynn] is No. 1 on the bestseller list." --The New York Post

"Flynn is a master -- maybe "the" master -- of writing thriller novels in which the pages seem to turn themselves." --Bookreporter.com

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#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, and The Survivor.
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  • Series: A Mitch Rapp Novel (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416595228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416595229
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,647 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By MED on February 7, 2012
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Kill Shot is the sequel to American Assassin, which itself was a prequel to the long running series featuring Mitch Rapp. This book contines the story of Rapp's development as an asset for the CIA. He has spent his first year "running solo" - infiltrating the world's terror cells and killing with purpose. The spree has not gone unnoticed and elements of the terrorist networks want the killing to stop.

The turning point is an attempt on a Libyan diplomat in Paris. The kill goes all wrong and Rapp must fight his way out - leaving behind carnage and a mess that needs accountability - from someone. Rapp is unwilling to trust his fellow spies at the CIA and his longtime nemesis, Stan Hurley, uses this to target Rapp as a problem that needs to be eliminated.

Flynn deftly tells his story, even though longtime readers can discern some of the outcome just by having read "future" installments. I did not know how he was going to weave a taut thriller with so much of the story having been already written - but he manages superbly. Flynn layers the past artfully, giving us pieces of the history that will make Rapp lethal.

The stand alone story within this prequel is full of duplicity and the reader must decide what is justified and how often does the official story deviate from the truth? But it is clear why Rapp forges his own moral code and trusts so few.
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Want to have a fun conversation? Walk up to someone reading this book and ask them if this is the 12th or 2nd book in the series. Whatever answer they choose, you give the opposite. Prepare to duck and run. I have been a fan of Vince Flynn ever since his books stumbled into my life about three years ago. Even if he was to write a book about growing horse toenails in Fishhook, Alaska, I would still read it. Thank the lord Jesus, however, this book is nothing like that!

Vince brings back the young Mitch Rapp in a book that ought to come with a prescription for Niacin. Why? You'll need something to counter the adrenaline. If you've had the pleasure of reading about Mitch, you know that he is a "man's man" and has absolutely NO tolerance for BS and bad guys. And that is when he was... "Mature". Can you imagine this killing machine in his younger years? Can you imagine a weapon with the body of Greek sculpture, a mind as sharp as Tesla, and the natural killing instinct of a Megalodon? You can if you know Mitch Rapp.

Mitch has completed his training and has been let loose on the unsuspecting world. He is a tsunami of pure destruction. Precise destruction. The only thing he leaves in his wake is the bodies of dead terrorists. A-MEN! Unfortunately, with this type of success, from a rookie no doubt, there starts to fester some resentment and jealously. And not only with our enemies. Hurley and Victor have their personal reasons for not liking Mitch, but will it interfere with the #1 objective... to keep America safe?

This mission finds Mitch in Paris and he has graciously exploded the head of some well deserving terrorist filth when the tables are turned. Our boy has been set up... and set up good.
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This book opens with a shocker before you even get into the story: Vince Flynn acknowledges he has cancer and thanks many of the people who have helped and supported him during his treatment. I wish him a full recovery.

And then into the story. The time is about a year after Mitch Rapp has been permitted to essentially run free and destroy America's enemies.

He is in Paris and has just put a couple of shots into the head of the sleeping Libya Oil Minister. The door to the hotel suite crashes open and silenced sub-machine guns spew out hundreds of rounds. Mitch quickly adds to his body count and makes his escape. One gun man has survived and wounds Mitch.

Mitch escapes, but now he trusts no one. He thinks he has been set up - and because his missions are held so tightly, the only people who could betray him are on his own team! Anyone familiar with Mitch Rapp will know the characters Stansfield, the boss of CIA covert operations; Kennedy, Rapp's immediate boss and Stan Hurley, the retired CIA operative who despises Rapp and his goon, Victor, who has fantasies of killing Rapp.

Rapp doesn't know his friends or enemies are, so he goes silent and this triggers an operation to make contact with him in Paris. Who is sent? Why the two people who want to kill him.

Anything more and we're beyond what the dust jacket tells you.

This is a very different kind of Mitch Rapp and I'm not so sure I like it as well as its predecessors. I prefer the Mitch Rapp who is saving America by torturing and killing its enemies. In this novel, Rapp's normal diet of violence is distracted by other interests and plot twists.

Still, once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down until I finished.
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This book was about what I expected. While it may not be as good as some of Flynn's earlier efforts, it still has that "can't put it down" quality to it, as evidenced by the fact that I read it and finished it in a few hours.

This book does a good job of fleshing out a few characters introduced in American Assassin like Stan Hurley and "Victor" which I enjoyed. Again, not one of the best Rapp novels but it certainly wasn't a dudd, either.
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