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The Last Man (Mitch Rapp #13)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  12,462 ratings  ·  978 reviews
A pulse-pounding thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn, as Mitch Rapp heads to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent.
The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine oper...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bill Krieger
I must admit. My 3-star review may be a bit sentimental here. The Mitch Rapp series of books is my all-time favorite. But if this book is "worth reading", then it is barely worth it. The Last Man was disappointing, and there's not much to recommend here.

The glaring weakness in The Last Man is how little Mitch Rapp appears. There are precious few scenes of classic Mitch Rapp action and violence. I think it's a good hundred pages before Mitch Rapp gets going at all.

The plot is really weak and, I w...more
John
I read this book with mixed feelings. Vince Flynn has been one of my favorite authors ever since he started the Mitch Rapp series. With his untimely death this past June from prostate cancer, so begins the death of Mitch Rapp in an unintended way.

With "The Last Man" being released in November 2012 and Flynn passing this past June, you would think that there would be no more "Rapp" thrillers to look forward to. You would be WRONG!!!! "The Survivor" (ironically or appropriately named, depending o...more
Brian Rueger
I found this book a little disappointing. The plot was ok, but I hate it when a seasoned writer like Flynn makes serious technical errors in his writing.

I would think that a writer would get some authorities to read his manuscript before publishing; after all, this is not Hollywood! I don't mind it with an author creates an object in his/her fiction - like Dale Brown's super-B-52. However, when they talk about real life entities, they should get it right.

1) (Oxygen tanks used as an explosive at...more
Ido
The following could have easily been an passage from the book:

- "Good morning Mr. Rapp".
- Rapp casually took out his gun and shot the man. "I told you not to speak unless spoken to. I told you how dangerous I am. Now you understand I wasn't joking".

- "Rapp!", said the very important Army general, "you can't shoot my men. I am a very important person and I am in charge around here! You can call the head of the CIA and she'll tell you I'm running the show!"

- "You have no idea. The issue I was sent...more
Cathy
Well, I love Mitch Rapp. He is everybody's answer to taking out revenge against bad guys. And we love him for being such a patriot and cleaning the world of the scum. But ... I think I'm done with this series. I'm not comfortable with the language, but even more so, with the idea that we are supposed to feel great that our hero can kill with such precision, abandon, and perfection. Evidently, he only had one time when he did NOT take the kill shot to the forehead, and that was when he spared Gou...more
Jeannie Walker
A safe house with four men lined up on the living room floor. There was nothing about this mess to give Mitch Rapp any kind of assurance that things would be fine, but it gave him an inkling to something he did not want to consider. The safe house looked like an average run of the mill two-story blockhouse in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. So what happened? Rapp's boss, Irene Kennedy sent him to Afghanistan to find Joe Rickman, the most cunning and brilliant operative he had ever worked with. Was the C...more
Lorca Damon
How do you side with the good guys over the bad guys when you can’t tell who the good guys are? And what if the lines between good and bad keep blurring, so that the bad guys sit on the sidelines and watch the good guys destroy each other?

In Vince Flynn’s upcoming installment in his bestselling Mitch Rapp series, The Last Man (Atria) pits all of Washington against itself, set against the backdrop of the Middle East. The FBI fights the CIA who fights the repatriation of Afghani warlords who have...more
Rex Fuller
Great book. One of Flynn's best, and I have read all of them.
Tamara McKinney
Count down to the next one!!!!!
Nick Brett
After a two book diversion to look at Mitch Rapp’s back-story, here we are back in the present. In fact very much the present as a top CIA asset is kidnapped in Afghanistan and the knowledge he holds could put a great deal of the CIA’s intelligence gathering at risk. Mitch Rapp is sent out with a small advance team to try to track down the kidnappers before it is too late. After a while it appears there is another agenda at play although what it is and who is behind it, is not obvious.

Mitch Rapp...more
Michael
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Matt
Flynn brings his famed character, Mitch Rapp, back on the scene with another explosive thriller. Using the favourite topic of this genre this decade, fighting against terrorist forces, Rapp is sent to Afghanistan to find a recently captured CIA operative, whose knowledge of many spies working for the US could cause a great mark against the Clandestine Service. Rapp’s rescue attempt is hampered, which flips the tables on the entire operation, partially turning the hunter into the hunted. After di...more
Brian
Vince Flynn has done it again! The Last Man is an adrenaline packed thrill ride that has more twists and turns than the world's great roller coasters. The book finds American assassin Mitch Rapp knee deep in a in conspiracy and mystery in post-Bin Laden Afghanistan.

When Joe Rickman, the CIA's top head of clandestine operations in Afghanistan is kidnapped, a tsunami of epic proportions is set off in the various branches of governments and intelligence agencies around the region and in the United...more
Jeffrey
How do you like your action hero. Is it the wise cracking Die Hard hero, who fights hard and spouts funny quips in the face of death, or is the suave James Bond, whose hair is never disheveled, and whose suit is spotless.

Mitch Rapp has been nearly invincible. Maybe wounded. Maybe captured and tortured, but never seriously hurt. His buddies, maimed and killed. His wife and baby, maimed or killed. Superman is boring. We know that he survives if only so Flynn can write another book. It used to be t...more
Maira
I love Mitch Rapp. He is the "last man" you want to mess with. I wish Flynn would not have to get so graphic - this time about torture, and all the different gun makes and caliber numbers just go over my head, but other than that, Flynn tells a great story.

This book is set in the current situation of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It reflects the covert operations needed to find Bin Laden, how giving control back to the Afghan people is going, the concerns of Taliban continuing to be a key player, t...more
Mike French
Mitch Rapp is back and at his best!
Paul Pessolano
“The Last Man” by Vince Flynn, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date - November 13, 2012

This is the fourteenth book in a series featuring the best CIA agent ever to hit the written page. Mitch Rapp is his own man, with his own ideas, and his own way of handling situations. He abhors politics and does not let them get in the way of his doing his job. Although he sometimes has been kept in check by his boss, Irene Kennedy, he is more than likely to do it “hi...more
Brenda
When Joe Rickman disappeared, seemingly kidnapped, Mitch Rapp was immediately on the case. Joe was head of CIA clandestine operations in Afghanistan, and had a phenomenal memory – he didn’t need to take notes, everything was stored in his head. The opportunity for catastrophe if Joe had been kidnapped by the Taliban was unthinkable. They needed to get him back yesterday!

With the execution style murders of Joe’s four bodyguards the first sign that something more was afoot, Mitch and his team of...more
Jerome
This was a surprisingly good read. There's plenty of intrigue, plenty of action, and, surprisingly, there's a lot more nuance and complexity than Flynn's previous thrillers, which I welcomed.

Vince Flynn has done it again! "The Last Man" is an adrenaline packed thrill ride that has more twists and turns than the world's great roller coasters. The book finds American assassin Mitch Rapp knee deep in a in conspiracy and mystery in post-Bin Laden Afghanistan.

When Joe Rickman, the CIA's top head of c...more
Joel Anderson
Another outstanding book in the Mitch Rapp series. An agent, Joe Rickman, is kidnapped in Afghanistan leaving behind 4 dead bodyguards in a safehouse that was supposed to be impregnable, not a normal agent, but one who knows most of the CIA's secrets. The question is, can they get him back before he breaks and spills those secrets to the kidnappers? There are many questions, most significantly, who has Rickman and how did they defeat the state of the art security system intended to protect him?...more
Jim A
While I liked the book, it is not one of my favorite Flynn/Rapp novels. I got the feeling that Flynn was trying to change Rapp's personality. Not something I can pin down to specifics, just the way I felt while reading it. It was good to get back to Rapp in the 'here and now' as opposed to the last two books being prequels.

And, as mentioned by a couple of others, even though it's fiction, there is some semblance of fact in the waste of millions of dollars trying to buy Afghan and Pakistani supp...more
Brian
Excellent. Read as an audiobook. A complex plot that is well organized and fluid. The action starts on the first page and continues throughout the book. One of the few books on Afghanistan and related to Pakistan that really explores the complex relationship of the sectarian and the pious coordinating with the Washington power of the alphabet agencies. Although the reason for Rickman ultimate reasoning for what he did is not fully explained, there was not a need - many times what people do is ju...more
Robert Gamboa
I had never read a political, military, intelligence thriller before. It's not usually my thing. My friend Michael in Atlanta gave this book to me to read on the place back to Los Angeles. I feel asleep on the plane, but finally read it once home. I didn't know what to expect at all. It started off slow in the first few pages. But before I knew it. I was engulfed. I couldn't put the book down. It was a thrill-a-minute experience and I felt like I almost had to catch my breath. The plot is so thi...more
Giovanni Gelati
Great Read! Hard to put down,the energy level is intense, and the action non-stop.Rapp is Rapp, the crew is all there, what more can one ask for from another incredible Flynn thriller?
Joseph Lewis
Loved reading this guy. Never reviewed him before because everyone - except lefties - knew how great he was. I'll start re-reading him from beginning to end now.
Dale
A review of the abridged audiobook

Published by Simon and Schuster in 2012
Read by Armand Schultz
Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Abridged


In The Last Man , Vince Flynn takes a break from the Mitch Rapp prequels and puts Mitch right in the thick of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. He is brought in to investigate the disappearance (a presumed home invasion kidnapping) of Joe Rickman, the head of the CIA's clandestine operations in Afghanistan. In fact, he's been involved in so many clandestin...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

With the untimely death of Vince Flynn June 19, 2013, this may be the last Mitch Rapp installment of Flynn's popular series. His publisher released this statement July 25, 2013: <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...more
Nan Williams
This was my 12th Vince Flynn book and, I guess, my 12th Mitch Rapp book. I gave it 3 stars as it really was a page turner. I would put it down and try to go to sleep, but then turn over and pick it up again.

I gave it only 3 stars (I've given 5 stars to 11 of his other books)as the story line was so very weak and with no real resolution. There was lots of testosterone: gun battles, explosions, car chases, torture, murders, etc. And of course, the turncoats. I guess that was the biggest mystery i...more
Liz
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Inomniuparatus
I was almost half way trough the book when a friend here at Goodreads told me that Vince Flynn died a couple of months ago. I was shocked! I could hardly believe it, or understand it. One of my all time favourite authors was gone...

When I started the Mitch Rapp series I then knew I was entangled, I just couldn't stop reading book after book, always, eagerly waiting for the last one to come out.
I can't put into words how much I enjoyed Vince's books, its a nerve-ranking-punch-to-the-stomach kno...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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