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Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp #8)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  25,574 ratings  ·  644 reviews
On the front lines of the global war on terror, CIA superagent Mitch Rapp races to save one more life: his own.

An eye for an eye: that's what the powerful father of a dead terrorist demands in retribution -- and with his hate-filled plea, Mitch Rapp becomes the target of an explosive international conspiracy. The fearless operative has both killed with impunity and torture
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Paperback, 675 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published October 10th 2005)
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Alain Burrese
"Consent to Kill" is the second book of Vince Flynn's I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Flynn's hero Mitch Rapp is a great character, and I found myself laughing when he confronted a particular politician and smacked him upside the head with a folder.

Flynn writes a great thriller. It keeps you wanting to read more. He mixes military technology, fast paced action, and politics to engage the reader in this violent political tale. I don't want to give the story away, but there was an event, a
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Benjamin Thomas
I think Vince Flynn has finally turned that last corner into becoming a complete storyteller. I have enjoyed his previous Mitch Rapp books a lot but this one has really cranked up a notch. Excellent writing, plot, setting, and characters that are completely fleshed out.

This novel is also an important milestone in the Mitch Rapp series as a lot changes in this one. The author deftly avoids what I call the "24" syndrome, referring to the TV show "24". Despite having lots of adrenaline-charged acti
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Carl Alves
Mitch Rapp is one of the more interesting characters that I've come across in literature and Vince Flynn is an exceptional writer, so I had set a pretty high bar when I started reading Consent to Kill. Of the thrillers that I have read, Flynn has among the more realistic and gritty portrayals. Most international terrorist type novels are more fantasy than fiction. In Consent To Kill an ultra-rich Arab fundamentalist puts a massive bounty to have Mitch killed, bringing out some heavy hitters to p ...more
Abram
Feb 18, 2009 Abram rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: every one who has a spine
Recommended to Abram by: My good friend Larry
Another stout work from Vince Flynn, not for the faint of heart and left wing advocates need not apply, please take this as disclaimer, this book deals with very violent and disturbing issues, many of which are beyond the scope of most sheltered CNN understanding. Be ye warned. But the thing that attracts me to Flynn's writing is the no nonsense attitude that should be more alive in our current political system. But alas we are led by the elite few, a week group of appeasers and politically corr ...more
Doug
This novel had a Tom Clancy, "best seller" air to it, and I wouldn't normally have read it, but an acquaintance of mine recommended it highly.

Unfortunately, my instincts were correct. This is a ridiculous book. Mitch Rapp is the super spy who doesn't like to answer to anyone and frequently doesn't. His wife is the White House correspondent for NBC. His enemies are assassins trafficking hundreds of millions of dollars. He's the only one who truly understands what it takes to protect our freedom!
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Anthony
Jun 04, 2008 Anthony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults who feel primal satisfaction when evil men meet a just and irrevocable demise
Recommended to Anthony by: Esteban
Shelves: fiction
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True or False: I believe that aggressive use of overwhelming force is FREQUENTLY the ONLY means whereby evil men, their surrogates, and often, their governments, can be effectively controlled.

True or False: I have previously, thoughtfully, considered the possibility that if confronted by someone who intended to, or had, harmed someone I love, I would not hesitate a single heartbeat before shooting said person or persons in the head, at close range, and that having done so, I would not su
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karl
Oct 26, 2007 karl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends
Vince Flynn is a Twin Cities writer who reads like a DC policy wonk who hangs out with CIA types. Wild guess is his sources are Clancy on tech things and Cheney on policy. Like his others, this one is fast, furious, fun, great!
Greg Gountanis
Vince Flynn's political thrillers are known for their timeliness and their penchant for giving justice in a terror-laden world. Consent to Kill follows Mitch Rapp, elite counterterrorism operative for the CIA. But things are never rosy for an assassin. A Saudi billionaire puts a price on Rapp's head--$20 million to be exact. And back home things aren't going so well. Rapp's knee is acting up, and his wife is pregnant. A reality check is needed...

Flynn's novel explores the relationship between du
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Henry Gruenbaum
Consent to Kill is truley the definition of an action thriller. From chapter to chapter you dont know what to expect next. The book kept me at the edge of my seat as I kept reading in order to find out what happened next. Throughout the book, the reader follows the life of Mitch Rapp, a CIA operative who works in counter-terrorism. After Rapp kills an Al Queda terrorist, his father wants revenge. For this reason a 22 million dollar bounty was placed on Rapp's head. The story follows a young coup ...more
Dick
Vince Flynn is an outstanding writer of fiction. He reminds me of Dan Brown in that he researches his subject matter very well so that it seems in some respects like a non-fiction book. He introduces his characters well such that you rarely need to look back to refresh your memory about which character he is referencing. Moreover, the dialogue between and among characters in the book, as well as transitioning from scene to scene is extremely smooth and natural. Chapter length is typically betwee ...more
Joseph
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Allan Smulling
I find reading Vince Flynn novels enjoyable. As someone wrote in a previous review there is something primal in the feeling that one gets when evil is defeated and pushed (real or fictional). This theme runs strong through all of the novels that I've read by Mr. Flynn.

The things that make this Mitch Rapp novel stand out from the previous ones is the additional time spent on further developing Rapp and hia wife's characters. Both are fleshed out in greater detail - much more than they have been i
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LadyCalico
I didn't really seem to enjoy this book as much as some of the others, especially the first half--it just seemed to take too long to get this puppy in gear, but then it picked up in the second half. I have to deduct a star for the weird and wimpy ending--but I can live with it because in my imagination Rapp's buddies sneaked back into Tahiti and tied up the loose ends without Rapp being the wiser. (view spoiler) ...more
Erik
Great book. Mitch Rapp is the guy every man wants to be like kind of like James Bond. haha. But this is more realistic than James Bond which doesn't necessarily make it better or worse, it's just a fact. A very good revenge thriller and very well written. I highly recommend this book and American Assassin which is a prequel about Mitch Rapp. Heck, all Mitch Rapp books are probably good but those are the only two I have read, I don't know if there are more out there. I love the personality that F ...more
The Cats Mother
This series just keeps getting better; a Saudi billionaire puts a bounty on Mitch's head for the death of his terrorist son (in the previous book - you don't have to have read it but it helps) and the first half of the book is about how the plot is put into place, while back in the USA arrogant politicians are scheming to put Irene Kennedy and Mitch under their control.
The last third of the book is all action, I can't say much without spoiling the plot but it's a given that the bad guys get what
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Kw
I really enjoyed this very long book. Not overly wordy like TC, but constant action. I forgive him for the overnight healing of a broken arm and the fact that one character grew from 6'3" to
6'4" in the span of about 38 pages, because the story was so enjoyable. Maybe not realistic, but still fun to read.
Quinn Barrett
Another fine Mitch Rapp book. Can't say much this time without giving too much away and I don't like to write spoilers. Suffice it to say... if you've liked the previous books in the series, you'll enjoy Consent to Kill. Vince Flynn does a great job of keeping the story moving with just enough plot twists.
Gary
A thoroughly enjoyable book that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
The book starts off relatively slow but nevertheless remains interesting. Vince Flynn is a new author to me but I do intend to read more of his work.
Jack
This book and the previous are essentially one story. It is my favorite in the series. So far
Scott Widener
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes, the Mitch Rapp series is easily recommendable to anyone who enjoys suspense and spy like novels. Even though to action is not "life-like" in reality being in an altered universe its okay. If you like Bourne or Bond you will like Rapp.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Consent to Kill? ***Spoiler Alert*** Rapp's setting up of Ross. The way he and Irene hid some of the evidence related to the main event in the story and th
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Kyle
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Keeler Kime
Consent to Kill

Consent to Kill is the 6th installment of the series revolving around the thrilling life of CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Mitch Rapp is the typical patriot, he would do anything if it was the right thing to do for his country in his mind. The book starts off right where the previous one left off. Rapp previously captured the son of a billionaire Saudi Arabian and made it appear that he had killed him rather then keeping him as a prisoner. The billionaire wanted revenge on Rapp and in an a
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Jamie
Mitch Rapp is grumpy when he learns that he must get surgery on his left knee. Yet, the surgery is successful with 0 wait time and the best orthopedic surgeon in the country. But Mitch Rapp still goes home grumpy. So it's no surprise that after his home is blown up and he wakes up in hospital to learn that his wife Anna is dead that he is way beyond grumpy. Heads are going to roll literally. There is some in-depth character development and psychological analysis here of the main character Mitch ...more
Ryan The Rappologist Steck Sr.
I began reading Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp books in chronological order a few months ago. Over the course of time it's taken me to read this entire series I can say with absolute certainty that I've fallen in love with Flynn's work. He's, in my humble opinion of course, the gold standard as far as authors go in the contour-terrorism genre.

By the time I began reading Consent to Kill I felt like I knew exactly who Mitch Rapp was a person. At this point I had gone along on a ride with him that carri
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Julie
Oct 02, 2014 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: spy-books, thriller
I had never read any of his works before when I was looking for a new author - which are hard to find - and I have found one of my top 2 authors! I can't get enough of Mitch Rapp. The way that Vince Flynn writes is absolutely amazing. Very hard book to put down. The twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more! Vince Flynn makes you fall in love with the characters and I can't wait for another installment. If you like government spy books, thrillers and/or just looking for ...more
Michael O'Leary
Excellent Read...the 8th installment in the Mitch Rapp Series:

From Publishers Weekly: Vince Flynn continues to ratchet up the stakes for CIA assassin Mitch Rapp, who here battles a Saudi billionaire bent on revenge, an ex–East German Stasi spy and a deadly husband-and-wife team of assassins. There's a $20-million contract out on Mitch's head, and to add injury to insult, he hurts his leg during a morning run. After a knee operation and an even more serious mishap, Mitch is out of the hospital an
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Robin
I didn't know it but apparently I came in on #8 in a series. I didn't feel lost though, so that's good.

This book was actually pretty exciting but if you're not into everyone all killing everyone (and I'm not sure that I am as I found it somewhat disturbing throughout the whole story (hence the three stars))then this book probably isn't quite for you.

A hit is put out on a government sniper. Need I say more? LOL. It would make for a pretty good movie I think. In my opinion it was very exciting and
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Michael Redd
it only took a month to read because of other life events. ..A good addition to the Mitch Rapp saga, it did seem to drag in places.
Gloria Bernal
OMGosh! This had me in tears at the end. Usually one doesn't classify a Mitch Rapp book as a tear-jerker, but the last third of this was just that. I'm glad it was a long one. I read fast and am reading the entire series in order. Both my spouse and I found this hard to put down. What makes this one different was that the focus was on the repercussions of Mitch Rapp's career choice, and how it affects his personal life. If you are reading these in order, you know that since he got married, he is ...more
Bharath Balakrishnan
I would hard-pressed to choose a Vince Flynn novel better than this - yes the usual 'Vince Flynn' moments are all there - Rapp's juicy confrontation scenes with the power-hungry bureaucracy, the pulse-quickening action blocks, the unexpected twists as the plot thickens and Rapp's trademark 'Fuck You!!!' moments like showing a middle to the CCTV camera before pressing the bomb detonator - they are all there but much more effective in this book than the rest.

But where 'Consent to Kill' scores is i
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Mitch Rapp (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • American Assassin (Mitch Rapp, #1)
  • Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp, #2)
  • Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #3)
  • The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)
  • Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp, #5)
  • Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #6)
  • Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp, #7)
  • Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp, #9)
  • Protect and Defend (Mitch Rapp, #10)
  • Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp, #11)
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