Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp, #2)
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Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp #2)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn is back with 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.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Atria (first published January 1st 2011)
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Domenico
It's very difficult to write a good prequel (cf. the Phantom Menace) and especially a good espionage thriller prequel (cf. Tom Clancy's Red Rabbit), so it's impressive that Vince Flynn has written two in a row. The author has to create suspense and jeopardy when you already know that certain key characters have to survive the book to show up in the stories covered in the earlier books.

In the previous book in the series, Flynn gave us the origins of the world's greatest terrorist hunter, Mitch Ra...more
Christy
Mitch Rapp is by far my favorite literary crush. Not exactly profound, I know, but I love him. This was another great effort by the always wonderful Vince Flynn. His writing always sucks you in so that you are part of the action. This was one of my favorites yet, and evoked a bit of the old school thriller writers like Ludlum. From the beginning, the hunter becomes the hunted.

In this sequel to American Assassin,Flynn connects the dots in the Mitch Rapp story and brings us through his first year...more
Jay Connor
What happens when a character ages faster than his author? Think Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan,” Michael Connelly’s “Harry Bosch,” or here Vince Flynn’s “Mitch Rapp.” A corollary to this question could be what happens when a new author takes over a character: like “Jason Bourne,” who has recently been disfigured to the eternal posthumous embarrassment of the great Robert Ludlum.

Ryan was promoted to President and the series limped along with his son unconvincingly taking over the derring-do. Bosch was...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Mitch Rapp has his troubles. In the last few books Mr. Flynn has dropped back and given us Mitch's history, his beginnings in the CIA.

In the last outing we met some of the players that are here in this book. We also saw the genesis so to speak of the events here. This book while holding the mantel of action proudly around it's shoulders and being true to said mantel also manages to be somewhat of a "who done it". While it tells the story in the "The reader sees behind the curtain" mode it still...more
Daniel
After meeting Stan Hurley in later books and witnessing his rapport with Rapp, I was surprised that Flynn set up Hurley as such a mean antagonist in Rapp's past. Knowing how everything would have to work out, this part of the story didn't hold my interest as much as Rapp building his reputation for assassinating individuals who were previously considered untouchable. In fact, I would have preferred that Flynn stuck to these missions and given them more time, as opposed to dealing with the rivalr...more
Daniel Audet
Vince Flynn has been in my personal Top 10 thriller authors for a long time. "Kill Shot" is another example why he is a major player and rides the bestseller lists consistently.
Mitch Rapp is a character with a unique edge and Flynn busts him loose after setting his own edge in this prequel edition. A shadowy government group with internal issues of it's own has Rapp in Paris to do what he does best. Only, some within the group are not Rapp's biggest fans, like his handler is. Now, he's on the ru...more
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When I was a wee teenage boy in the early 80's (yes I know, I'm old, so what, wanna fight?) I frequented my local public library, called a free library at the time, I don't know why, I never have been to a library where I had to pay. There was always numerous chromed wire racks (the kind that spin around) filled with what I guess were called "Men's Adventure" books. I picked up a copy of a series called "The Executioner" by Don Pendleton. My library didn't have #1 (War Against the Mafia)so I had...more
Gary Proctor
Finished this in a couple of days. This is a follow on to the last book going back to Rapp's early days with the CIA. The book is very good in fleshing out the back stories of several of the side characters and there is more meat here than in many of the books in the series, at the expense of some of the action that the others have. But the story is very good and this did not bother me at all. What did bother me and what kept me from giving it 5 stars, is the the ending seemed a bit to quick and...more
Phizzycyst
Just finished Kill Shot. I've read all of Flynn's Rapp series and as with most all of them, I wish he was ready to put out the follow-up now! It was a great book. Not as "action packed" as some of the others with more scheming and behind the scene intrigue, but the last two books in the Rapp series have gone prequel and it kind of refreshed the series. Highly recommended if your into this type of book.

I often compare and try to decide which series I like best, the Rapp series by Flynn or the Sco...more
Cathy
A love Vince Flynn's thrilling, action-packed spy intrigues, especially after reading Austen's Northanger Abbey. (yawn) His style is straight forward, easily understood, clear, to-the-point, etc. There is little use of poetic devices such as symbols, analogies, alliteration, etc. Just tells the story in the most exciting way possible. Refreshing.
The language is way too rough for the faint-of-heart, but is not out of character for hardened CIA assassins. Flynn always makes Mitch Rapp the most li...more
John
This story was interesting in that it filled in a number of empty holes in the history of Mitch Rapp for me. As usual, Vince Flynn grabs your attention in the first chapter and doesn't let you go until the last page.

Rapp does all the things many of us would secretly envision happening to traitors but that none of us would actually do in real life. Which is the whole point of Mitch Rapp's existence! This story is nothing new in that quarter. However, Vince Flynn continues to engage me because he...more
Joe
Dissapointing. I like this type of multi-book spanning, gritty, lonely, super-tough character genre. For example I am a big fan of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels. I eat them up as they are released . And Vince Flynn has some good previous novels of this type. But this one didn't make it for me. It was I think, too introspective.

IMO a reader of this type of novel only wants to spend a reasonably limited time in the character's self-analyses and continuous self-absorbstions. "Why did I do it, who...more
Drew
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Michael
This is a prequil of the Mitch Rapp story. He's been through the CIA training and unleashed against the terrorist group responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie attack.

He has a list of names of the terrorists and eliminates them one by one. Now he receives the naxt name and as he approaches where the man is, something doesn't feel right.

No sooner does he eliminate that terrorist than the room explodes in gunfire from other terrorists who were waiting for him. Matt narrowly escapes and wonders if he'...more
Jay Deb
Gun fire breaks out in a hotel in Paris. Mitch Rapp is surrounded by gunmen but he survives with a shoulder wound. Rapp thinks he was set up but hides in Paris for the moment. The gun violence stirs a lot of feathers and soon CIA director and the training chief are all working on it while Rapp is still hiding. The corrupt Paris police chief knows everything about the terrorist and is helping them.
I was surprised that a bigger problem is not presented after the initial gunfire. The story of polit...more
Eric
Feb 15, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of gritty spy thrillers, such as the Bourne series
A worthy successor to American Assassin. Fast paced, exciting, and not absurd or unbelievable. Now my only dilemma is deciding whether to wait for future prequel installments -- American Assassin and Kill Shot, despite being the eleventh and twelfth in the Mitch Rapp series, are chronologically the first and second in the series -- or go back and read the first ten Rapp books in the catalog, about an older, more experienced Rapp, straightaway. I think I'll wait to see if Flynn announces whether...more
Richard Stephenson
Fantastic book. Vince Flynn is one of my favorite authors. Absolutely loved that Flynn gave us entire flashback devoted book giving us a look at a young Mitch Rapp.

Such a treat to see the characters from Rapp's world in their early days. Rapp and the grumpy Stan Hurley are in current day the closest of friends, but they didn't start out that way. They positively hated each other in the beginning.

Loved the intrigue and political cat and mouse that played out in this book.

If you love the Mitch Ra...more
Scott Thrift
There's always been a similarity between Mitch and Jason Bourne, but it gets to the point that I found myself thinking "didn't he do that already...oh, wait, that was Bourne." Which would be forgive able if there was a lot of action or mystery, but there isn't much.

HOWEVER there is possibly the greatest line of any thriller I've ever read.

"Listen, dickhead, if I wanted shit out of you I'd come over there and squeeze your head." Sweet.
Skip
3.5 stars. Back to his early days as a black ops assassin, Mitch Rapp is killing off terrorists when he is caught in a trap and nearly killed. Convinced that he was set up, Mitch turns to his Swiss girlfriend for help, and then is almost killed by a rogue element with a personal grudge against Mitch. Action packed.
Kelly
I'm not sure if I can even be objective anymore when reading Vince Flynn. I love his writing, I love Mitch Rapp, I love everything about his books. I was very happy to have Thomas Stansfield back in the game in this one!
Paul Pessolano
“Kill Shot” by Vince Flynn, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

One needs only to say that Vince Flynn wrote it and that it is #12 in the Mitch Rapp series that should be enough to put it on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Vince Flynn has never disappointed his readers in any of the previous Mitch Rapp novels and he does not disappoint in “Kill Shot”.

Mitch Rapp is without a doubt the biggest and baddest (or Badass) CIA agent ever.

Mitch may be in real trouble though be...more
Becca
This book was given to me as a gift, otherwise I probably wouldn't have picked it up. I love a good thriller, but I don't read them often because of the language and sleaze that is used in the majority of them over class and sophistication. Pages full of cursing and foul language is not my cup of tea. That being said, this book was pretty average on that count. A couple of characters with dirty mouths, more crudeness than I hear in typical conversation, but the author is dealing with an atypical...more
Book Him Danno
This is a thrill ride to be enjoyed and not a political handbook to solve the world’s problem.


This is the book I was looking for when I read the latest James Bond book (and was disappointed). Vince Flynn has captured perfectly the ramped up modern movie spy better than I have seen anywhere else (think the Craig's Bond or the Bourne movies). You have a super tough and intelligent action hero fighting the world's evils one bad guy at a time.

The make reference several times in the book that the her...more
Julia
This is the the second prequel in the Mitch Rapp series, following on from American Assassin. That book was about Rapp's recruitment and training to become a clandestine assassin for the CIA. When this story kicks off, he is about to eliminate another US target, a Libyan terrorist who is visiting Paris. He breaks into the man's room and pumps a bullet into him as he sleeps. But almost immediately he realises that he's walked into a trap and that a team is lying in wait to assassinate him. Rapp i...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Thriller
*Rating* 4.0

*First Thoughts*

Probably the best Mitch Rapp story in this series. I love the fact that Flynn has taken his series back to the beginning and is retelling how Rapp became the CIA's best terrorist killer. I'm shocked to say that Mitch might even be better than Scot Harvath!

*Story*

Mitch is a young CIA operative who has become one of the best assassin's in the CIA's inventory. He is slowly but surely killing off anyone thought responsible for the downing of Pan Am Flig...more
Matt
While sequentially tossing me for a loop, Flynn's latest novel takes us back to the early days of Mitch Rapp and his work for the US Government. Filled with characters long gone (if you read the books in their sequential order) and setting the tone for the entire series, Flynn creates this highly compartmentalised character, full of piss and vinegar, ready to take on the world.

Knowing what I do now about the series, I could piece together some of the facts and tie up loose ends in my mind; thing...more
Benoit Lelievre
Well, I can't say it was an engrossing read. It's kind of a one-note, paranoid song about the U.S and their multiple ennemies, who have a mysterious amount of hatred for everything that lives. There are also Americans who want to betray their country for personal gain, entering in direct conflict with Mitch Rapp, who likes to kill people for his personal gain (or should I say, "satisfaction"). You really have to believe in the American myth of the lone wolf if you want to find this emotionally n...more
Nick Brett
Following on from American Assassin, here we have the young Mitch Rapp a year into his role and racking up a considerable body-count. A job in Paris goes wrong and Mitch escapes wounded and on the run, from the authorities and from his colleagues.

This is slightly low on action and heavy on the way people manipulate the fall-out from Rapp’s mission. Rapp does seem too quick to go a little rogue, I am not sure the evidence was there to drive his decision which was a bit off-putting. As Rapp remain...more
Daron  Raynor
The book I read was called kill shot. It was a very interesting book about a top secret agent who went around the would to fight off these people who had done wrong to the US. Of course it isn't real but it was interesting. The agent was a highly regarded agent who went through a lot of training but past it better than anyone had ever seen! The directors were unsure of him at times due to how well he did in training and they questioned how he actually was as a good agent or if he would turn on t...more
Scott Vout
The 12th book by Vince Flynn but the second chronologically in the series of Mitch Rapp.

This is a series my teenage son got me into and i am now fully sucked in.

This book takes place in the second year of Mitch Rapp's career as an assasin for the CIA.

There is lots of action and drama with some wonderful quality kills.
It advances Mitch's character as well as several other of the mains.
It gave me a real "does this really happen and if it does, wow" moment.

If you are a fan of the spy/anti terrorist...more
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Vince Flynn died June 19, 2013 after losing his battle with prostate cancer.

The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988. After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist. In 1990 he l...more
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