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Initial post: Nov 14, 2009 10:56:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2013 6:35:58 AM PDT
DP says:
Here ya go (credit: wikipedia):

Mitch Rapp Series

Mitch Rapp, as portrayed by the author, is an under-cover CIA counter-terrorism agent. The primary focus of the character is thwarting Middle Eastern terrorist attacks on the United States and he is presented as an aggressive operative who is willing to take measures that are more extreme than might be considered commonly acceptable. His constant frustration with procedures and red tape are a major theme throughout the entire series. Profanity and adult themes are common, so the series is recommended for mature audiences.

0. Term Limits (1997) - ISBN 0-671-02317-9 - Not part of Mitch Rapp series but a good foundation, as it contains some of the characters from the Mitch Rapp series that you will see again [Rapp himself does not appear yet] - a great story tho, one of my favorites!)

1. American Assassin (2010) -- ISBN 978-1416595182 - A prequel... Many agree you should read this book first, it takes readers all the way back to the beginning of the Mitch Rapp storyline and how it all began... (unfortunately, this book has the worst editing, fraught with many errors, but the early books are much better. So, don't skip any.)

2. Kill Shot (Feb 7, 2012, was delayed due to illness) -- ISBN 978-1416595205 - Another prequel... "another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack"

3. Transfer of Power (1999) - ISBN 0-671-02319-5 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By Nick Sullivan Also Available)
4. The Third Option (2000) - ISBN 0-671-04731-0 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By Nick Sullivan Also Available)
5. Separation of Power (2001) - ISBN 0671047337 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By Ken Kliban Also Available)
6. Executive Power (2002) - ISBN 0-7434-5395-6 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By George Guidall Also Available)
7. Memorial Day (2004) - ISBN 0-7434-5397-2 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By George Guidall Also Available)
8. Consent to Kill (2005) - ISBN 0-7432-7036-3 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By George Guidall Also Available)
9. Act of Treason (2006) - ISBN 0-7432-7037-1 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By George Guidall Also Available)
10. Protect and Defend (2007) - ISBN 978-0743270410 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By George Guidall Also Available)
11. Extreme Measures (2008) - ISBN 978-1416599395 - (Unabridged Audiobook Narrated By George Guidall Also Available)
12. Pursuit of Honor (2009) - ISBN 978-1416595168
13. The Last Man (November 13, 2012) - ISBN 978-1416595212 (I think this might be my favorite Rapp book !!)
14. The Survivor (Oct 8, 2013) - ISBN 978-1476726663 (Updated 9/5/2013: Amazon previously showed a release date as Oct 1, 2020 with ASIN: B00BSBR7RY however, a couple days ago, they canceled my order saying release is indefinite <**be sure to see below for update from publisher>
15. Untitled (May 6, 2014) - ASIN: B008J2BUIM (Kindle ed., co-authored with Brian Haig, I don't know what to think about this one yet, either.) <** See below>

Visit Vince's own website:
** Vince News 7/25/2013 (quoted from his website, above):

Statement On Vince Flynn's, "The Survivor"
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dear Readers,

First, let me thank you on behalf of everyone here at Simon & Schuster for all of your wonderful, heart-felt and heartwarming notes of condolence concerning Vince's death last month. They will all be shared with his family and I know they will be touched.

I also want to keep you fully informed about the status of Vince's unpublished work as he would most certainly want you to have this information.

The Survivor, Vince Flynn's planned release this fall, is being postponed indefinitely. Vince had not yet completed the manuscript at the time of his passing last month. The reason it is "postponed indefinitely" as opposed to "canceled" is because it is too soon to know how much of the book was written or if Vince had plans or provisions in place in the event that he could not complete the book. As for Vince's collaboration with Brian Haig, while it is still available for preorder, for the same reasons above, we ask for your patience concerning its publication.

We will absolutely keep you updated and again, many, many thanks for standing by Vince not only through the best parts of his life but through the hardest.

Emily Bestler
Senior Vice President, Editor-In-Chief
Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of
Atria Books at Simon & Schuster

====== Sorry, tough to follow preceding with this, but... for those interested... =======
*** Note: I LOVE reading the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, but when I have caught up and am looking for a similar kind of series, I recommend checking out the Lee Child series of "Jack Reacher" books. For those interested, look here for the list of his books:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2010 7:54:09 AM PST
Chalcis says:
Thanks DP. I find this information very useful. I will start with "Term Limits".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2010 12:08:15 PM PST
Hawk says:
Thanks. My neighbors recommended Vinve Flynn books, said Mitch Rapp makes Jack Bauer look like a Boy Scout. Another friend recommended I read the Rapp books in order. I will & your post makes that task easy.

Dull knife

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2010 11:27:13 AM PST
Thanks for the advice I can't get enough of Mitch Rapp

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 10:58:25 PM PST
DP says:
BTW, here's an update...

I went to one of his book signing sessions (in Glendale,CA) for the #9 Book: Extreme Measures and he told everyone it was part of a 3-book series. I wasn't sure what he meant, but after reading his #10 book: Pursuit of Honor, I realize it was a direct follow-on to his #9 book. Therefore, I believe his #9, #10, and #11 (yet to be released - usually in October each year) will form the "3-book set" he referred to. We shall see.

The books are still the most fun and definitely most exciting to read of any I have ever read. They always seem to have relevance to current events, which makes them all the more believable. Good reading...

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 10:07:42 AM PST
K. Saladino says:
Thanks so much for taking the time to make this list. It has been so helpful!
Thanks again!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2010 8:27:59 AM PST
Suzanne says:
Thanks so much for this! My bf is reading these and this list makes it so easy to see which ones to give him next. =)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2010 4:23:30 PM PST
My husband and I absolutely love the Mitch Rapp series. We have been trying to find the first several books on audio cd that are UNABRIDGED. I know that they are narrated by Nick Sullivan but I cannot seem to find them anywhere. I do not want the abridged version. Does anyone know where we can get the UNABRIDGED versions? Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2010 11:49:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2013 7:14:23 PM PDT
DP says:

You might try this:

Best regards,

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2010 2:29:28 PM PST
Jersey says:
I get all my unabridged books from library and download them to my iPod...we live in a large county in NJ so one of the towns libraries has a copy....I only listen to unabridged and am extremely happy with the narration by George Guidall...if you are looking to buy, I'd go to'm only on my second Mitch Rapp book and am grateful to the posting the series in order by DP...thanks!

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 8:47:14 AM PST
Aaron Gray says:
Thanks! I was looking for something like this. I already read term limits. Great book! Next is transfer of power!

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 4:35:57 PM PST
PSquirrel says:
AWESOME! Thanks for writing this up!

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 3:10:29 PM PST
dp, thanks a million. I have just given a friend the Matt Rapp bug and was not sure of order.After totaling # of books bought I had vowed to buy only non-fiction but Mitch has captured my heart. I pre-order shamelessly.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2010 12:31:56 PM PST
Does Flynn have anything new coming out?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2010 5:39:55 PM PST
Gigi says:
Thanks D.P.
You printed the exact listing I have been looking.
Thanks for satisfy my curiosity of where do I go from here.
Seems I missed one.
Perhaps it will hold me until a new one comes out.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 5:26:34 PM PDT
You saved me a lot of time trying to figure out the order of these books. Thanks.

Posted on May 2, 2010 7:44:18 PM PDT
imex99 says:
I will start this series, thanks.

Posted on May 3, 2010 7:03:47 AM PDT
Marilyn says:
My husband and I discovered this series late last year and LOVE it! We've gone straight through them and are now anxiously awaiting the next one!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2010 7:54:31 AM PDT
My daughter and I can't get enough of Mitch Rapp and we would love to meet Vince Flynn. I wonder when and if he will be on the East coast.


Posted on May 10, 2010 8:32:46 PM PDT
I'm also a fan of Mitch Rapp, as portrayed by Vince Flynn. Not long ago my son turned me on to another author who writes pretty well in the same vein. Y'all should try books by Stephen Hunter. I especially liked "Black Light", "Point of Impact", and "Time To Hunt".

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2010 10:38:33 AM PDT
Are Hunter's books also a series to be read in order?


Posted on Jun 15, 2010 9:10:14 AM PDT
I had read them all but wanted to start over. Thank you for the help!!!

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 7:44:43 PM PDT
S. Clark says:
Hi - i also love the mitch rapp series....if any of you watch the glenn beck show - they are friends and he has been on with him several times including today's show.............also another author who has *can't put down books* is lee child and his jack reacher can read them in any order but they are superb reading.....i am reading his latest 6l hours right now..........

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 7:47:45 PM PDT
S. Clark says:
American Assassin: A Thriller (Mitch Rapp) by Vince Flynn (Hardcover - Oct. 12, 2010)
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Posted on Jul 8, 2010 6:18:40 AM PDT
Does anyone know where i can get the kindle version of "protect and defend". I have read all the others and dont want to skip ahead a book. I am now reading "the girl with the dragon tattoo" to fill the void.
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