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Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp) Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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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
About the Author
#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, The Survivor, Order to Kill, and Enemy of the State. American Assassin was released as a major film in 2017.
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Rapp is one of those characters that immediately draws you in and keeps you invested in his story. He’s intense, driven, extremely intelligent, highly logical and observant, and immensely skilled at what he does. This particular book takes readers through how Rapp got his start as an assassin, going into who he is and where he came from while also showing how he became the man he (seemingly) becomes throughout the rest of the series.
Once Rapp is recruited by Irene Kennedy and taken to meet Stan Hurley at the start of American Assassin, we start to see how Rapp is different from the others who came before him. All those qualities I listed above start to show themselves in varying different ways, each of which confuse and intrigue the people who either want him to succeed or want him to fail. He’s unlike anyone else, and that makes him as unpredictable as it does dangerous. Which seems like perfectly good traits for an assassin.
This book takes you through Rapp’s training and into his first forays into field work and every single bit of it compelled me to read on. I couldn’t put it down once I started it, and I was never so glad to have made the snap decision to buy the second book in the series before I’d read the first as I was when I finished this book. I was also glad I’d chosen to buy both of books in print because there’s something extremely satisfying about turning the pages on this one. It’s a book that stayed me with, and made me want to go out and buy every single one of the books in the series because of how much I loved reading this one.
If you’re looking for an entertaining and compelling espionage read you can escape into for a while, definitely pick up a copy of American Assassin by Vince Flynn. I am going to go out on a limb and recommend getting it in print, too, because if you’re anything like me, this is a series you’re going to want to own in print.
While the beginnings of most super hero stories are often the best part of those stories, this one reveals that Mitch Rapp’s beginnings were not all that different from any other highly qualified soldier’s beginning. Identified, recruited, trained, and then sent out into the world to seek justice for America. Nothing new or unique.
While I enjoyed this story much like any other in the series, it seems the main thing that qualified Mitch Rapp to be the ultimate killer of terrorists was his “uncombed head of black hair and beard, his bronzed olive skin and his eyes, so dark that they were almost black. He could walk among the enemy without attracting so much as a suspicious glance…”
I guess I expected more creativity to Rapp’s beginnings, but also not surprised to see that his beginnings were not those of a super hero.
If you are a Mitch Rapp fan, then you must read this episode, but if you are new to the series, I would strongly suggest you start with Transfer of Power and then follow the published chronology of releases, which means you wouldn’t get to this one until #10. Then, like me, you would feel obligated to read this one, and enjoy it not so much as a great story, but as a needed piece of the picture puzzle called Mitch Rapp.
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