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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Prequel to the Mitch Rapp series, November 3, 2010
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This review is from: American Assassin: A Thriller (Mitch Rapp Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I've read each of Vince Flynn's novels about CIA assassin Mitch Rapp and loved them all, mainly because Flynn is not only good at developing his characters but also because he's so good at writing an action filled plot. This one is no exception.

This novel is set as a prequel to the previously published Mitch Rapp novels, so if you've read them all this one will fit right in. The story begins with explaining why, and how, Rapp joined the CIA either in the late 1980's or early 1990's. Flynn's story explains Rapp's motivation for joining the CIA and takes Rapp through training at Camp Peary where Rapp, and the reader "meet" characters like Stan Hurley and Irene Kennedy who are reoccurring characters throughout the previous Flynn novels.

The book is set against the backdrop of rising Islamic terrorism and the Lebanon Hostage Crisis that occurred between 1982 and 1992. After another American is taken hostage, the CIA finally makes a decision to go after the Islamic militants who commit these kidnappings and of course Rapp is at "the tip of the spear" in that operation.

Even though there's less "action" in this book than in previous Mitch Rapp books, I enjoyed this one most because of the character development. I now understand why Rapp is the guy he is in the other books and why he and Irene Kennedy have such a close working relationship. If you've read and enjoyed the other Mitch Rapp novels I think you'll enjoy this one too. If you haven't read the other novels you might find this one a little boring because so much of it is concentrated on Rapp's training days.

For Kindle owners, this book has some inexcusable grammatical typos and occasional spacing problems. It also would have been nice for the publisher to "hard code" the chapter breaks so a reader who only wants to read one chapter before going to bed would know roughly how much content they were going to read before the next chapter by looking at the location bar on the Kindle. I took a half star off my review for these issues as well as a higher price point than I think there should be for Kindle books.
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