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Different. Not entirely satisfactory. But still excellent.,
This review is from: Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp) (Hardcover)
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. The ending was also unusual and I am not sure it was satisfying.
In all, a different approach from Vince Flynn. I think he misses the mark that have made his other books so outstanding.
But like I said, "Kill Shot" is still a page-turner.