American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #1)
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American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #1)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  26,340 ratings  ·  1,475 reviews
#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with yet another explosive thriller, introducing the young Mitch Rapp, as he takes on his first assignment.

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist’s worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gif...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Atria Books
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Marcie
They need to hire me to proof for them. I’ve come across more than a few books with an unacceptable amount of typos here lately. Is no one reading this stuff before it goes to press?

And I’m not that much of an anal freak, but 20 typos before page 78 is too many.

The reason for my annoyance is because Vince Flynn is a great writer, and I believe I read he is dyslexic, thus he does not have a dedicated team supporting him. That’s a shame because his Mitch Rapp novels tap into the raw emotion of rea...more
David Johnston
Some people are addicted to drugs. I am happily addicted to Vince Flynn's books and the exploits of his truly American hero, Mitch Rapp. My wife and daughter share my addiction, but they have not had their fix yet because I got to read Flynn's newest book first. Which is only fair since I bought it. My only complaint is that now I will have to wait another year for the next book. Withdrawal can be tough.

Oh, about the book? C'mon, it's Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp. This one is about how Mitch got h...more
Sara
This was exceptional with one disclaimer... it was obviously rushed to publishing with little editing. While waiting for my copy to arrive I read that other fans had noticed more than the occasional typos in the text and were bothered by them. I wondered if perhaps they were being a little over the top. Unfortunately, I found myself equally bothered. It is understandable that sometimes a "i" will be replaced with an "l" (as in the word "cabbie" being written as "cabble" in the last portion of th...more
A.M. Khalifa
In a world where every second person is a self-proclaimed writer, present company included, it's easy to forget why the brand-name authors are still keeping the mainstream publishing model alive. Because they are good. Let me rephrase that, they are damn good. And Vince Flynn was a case in point. Admittedly, Mr. Flynn's flavor of military thrillers is a genre I have opted to watch at the movies when little brain activity on my part is required. I prefer to read mysteries, intelligent espionage,...more
Vijai
Look, here's something about us diehard action-thriller fanboys - we will forgive an author's imprudence with a few weak spots in the plot now and then as long as we get our action-gasm in totality but what we don't do is tolerate preachy one-sided-win story. Two ingredients which this author is dishing out in heaps in this book.

I am not even going to talk about the piss poor editing, its the gross injustice that has been meted out to Mitch Rapp that I am very disappointed with. It took Mr. Fly...more
Giovanni Gelati
I am putting it out there in the first sentence; I think this is the best novel I have read this year. Yes, I am a big Mitch Rapp fan; I think anyone that has followed this blog knows I love the character as much as I enjoy some of the big names out there today. Vince Flynn just hits a grand slam as he uses American Assassin, a prequel, to explain for us in tremendous detail, what makes Mitch Rapp so Mitch Rapp. I loved every word of it!
Here is a piece from the inside jacket: ”Before he was con...more
Chuck
Although I don't think many people actually follow what I say, I have to retract the criticism I made of Flynn's last few books. Actually, I'm not going to retract them, because they were true--Flynn was letting his ideology get in the way of the storytelling. Rather, I will say that he's returned to the stuff that made his earlier work great--compelling characters, amazing story lines, and a breathtaking adventure that leaves you sorry when the book ends.

Flynn takes his hero, Mitch Rapp, back t...more
Lewis Weinstein
Ok, so it's really mindless macho action from beginning to end, but you know what you're getting and Flynn does it well. For me, it's a break from research & writing, so it serves a useful purpose.
Doug Bradshaw
This is good tough American male stuff. I enjoyed as much as some of you women readers enjoy a romance novel with handsome vampires and whatnot. It made me almost laugh to read it, like going back in time to the joy of reading my first three or four Ludlum novels.

This is the 11th book in a series about a CIA assassin named Mitch Rapp. It is the prequel to the other already told stories and I was told I may as well read it first. It's not quite as sophisticated as Jack Bauer and "24", but it has...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I like Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp Character. You get action but the character is more fully imagined than some. Of course it took a few books to fill him out and it seems that he may be somehow distantly related to the Cartwright family of the Ponderosa. (view spoiler)

Anyway, here we drop back and get a prequel (not a big fan of prequels in general, but this one works and I like it). We've seen Rapp's life...more
Kent Horner
I purchased this paperback from Amazon for 0.97 cents. I was introduced to Vince Flynn thru a co-worker who has read all 12 of the Mitch Rapp (main character) series. I read the 1st one called "Transfer of Power" and really enjoyed it. "American Assassin" is #11 of the series but is actually the prequel to all the other Mitch Rapp novels. Flynn has been compared to Tom Clancy without the in depth, technical jargon. I've never read any of Clancy's books but have seen most of the movies based on...more
Deborah Gray
I moderately enjoyed the book and had no trouble finishing it- although far too much viciously gratuitous violence in far too much detail - but could not really relate to many of the characters, including Mitch Rapp, the MC. Despite the fact that this book took us back to his training and the motivation behind becoming a black ops assassin for the US government, there still seemed to be a disconnect, and barely developed relationships that don't seem to go anywhere.

I gave 3 stars, which equates...more
Patti Phillips
Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin,” Mitch Rapp, is not a suave, smooth-talking spy. He is a twenty-three year old, non-skirt-chaser, non-political, All-American lacrosse player who has never been in the military.

Ian Fleming and Hollywood gave us James Bond and glamorized the life of a spy, interweaving assassinations with hot cars, cool guns, and fast women. However, the tuxedo wearing, Baccarat playing, former Navy Commander rarely had a hair out of place, even when being tortured. Bond had the...more
Jay Connor
In a review last fall for "Pursuit of Honor," I described Vince Flynn's CIA counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp as extreme beyond what would result if Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh had a love child who was rasied by rabid wolves and later adopted by Dick Cheney. Wouldn't you know, Flynn's publishers took me up on that challenge and have a dust jacket, blurb from Glenn Beck calling this latest Mitch Rapp venture "captivating." If Ahbu Ghraib and Guantanamo are your idea of captivating, then Gl...more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Mitch Rapp, CIA super agent
SETTING: US, Istanbul, Beirut
SERIES: #11 of 11
RATING: 4.25

It’s exceptionally difficult to find individuals who have the skills to directly fight terrorism. Thomas Stansfield, CIA Operations Director, is acutely aware that Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and that the talents needed to deal with this threat require a different kind of person than those recruited in the past. He’s set up a special team consisting of his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and a former...more
Scott Vout
This one comes reccomended to me by my teenage son. He read his first Vince Flynn book on a plane ride home about a year ago.

He was so taken with it that he has now acquired almost the entire catalog of Flynn books.

Bewing a Jack Higgins and Danial Silva fan i thought i would give it a try.

It turned out to be ok in my opinion. Nothing to get overly excited about, I still think Silva is better. I would give this a 3.5 but of course we cant do that with Goodreads.

This is also the first book chronol...more
Tyler Montague
I've read 10 of Vince Flynn's "Mitch Rapp" series, and I love them. This prequel was one of the best. You would want to read the whole series in order, but it would be okay to start here. It is not quality literature, of course, and I have a few complaints about all of his books that I've noticed over time:

Vince Flynn always starts out with story lines and some character development that just end off into space. In the last quarter of all of his books, you can literally see Vince Flynn pulling a...more
Cathy
This will be the last Vince Flynn spy thriller I read. Although I love the Jack-Bauerish-jihadist-fighting-CIA operative, Mitch Rapp, Flynn's books are getting to be like the Nancy Drew mystery series. The setting and conflict change, a little, but the basic story and charaters are the same. Read one, read them all. And they are too violent, as one would expect. Sorry
Benjamin Thomas
Chronologically, this is the first book in the Mitch Rapp series, however since I had begun reading the series in publication order (and before this one was ever published) I chose to continue in that vein. I’m really glad I did because it’s always fun to go back and read an origins story when you already intimately familiar with all of the major characters.

And so it is that we get to see the beginnings of Mitch Rapp’s career as a CIA super-agent, including about 6 months of schooling, followed...more
J.W. Thompson
As a Rapp fan it was nice to finally find out how he was trained and where it all started. Flynn does and excellent job of setting the scene and developing the character. An excellent thriller.
Dave
Shallow and predictable. Don't bother, you've seen this character and read this story a hundred times before.
Criticalmick
Rappman Begins

Bang! Bang! Bang! Stab! Stab! Stab! Bad guys go "Mhoo ha ha ha ha!" The Blonde chick says "Tee hee! My hero!"

Vince Flynn has accomplished what Vanilla Ice never could. Here's Rapp for Republicans. Yes, even for your Dad. Flynn's hero, Mitch Rapp, is a maverick super spy who does the dirty work that the CIA legally cannot, and he does it without ever losing a wink of sleep. In book after book, Mitch beats the snot out of all sorts of assorted foreign baddies while women swoon.

Potted...more
Daniel Audet
Upon finishing "American Assassin" by Vince Flynn I realized how much I had enjoyed this book, on a lot of levels. Being an author myself I was greatly impressed by Flynn's obvious skill level in every index a person could and should look at. Sometimes being a writer takes a bit of the fun out of reading since I'm always analyzing (that's another blog post) but with Flynn's work you move through the storyline quickly and never notice you're doing it. This installment gives a very welcome and ins...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Despite the fact that many reviewers point out the many typos in the release of the 11th installment to the Mitch Rapp Series, I believe they are forgivable due to the fact that Vince Flynn is battling Cancer. I’ll forgive the manuscript slight errors and look forward to KILL SHOT that is scheduled to come out March 18, 2012. That said I am AMERICAN ASSASSIN 5 stars for the story, not the typographical errors. Flynn takes us readers to the beginning before Mitch Rapp becomes a star in the CIA’s...more
Lindsay
I was curious about the Vince Flynn series featuring Mitch Rapp since the books do well on the NY Times Bestseller list and I like thrillers. I was less than thrilled to see endorsements by folks of the Glenn Beck ilk. Nevertheless, I read this book, and likened it to a "less well-written-than-the-Bourne-series" book. In other words, I prefer the writing of Robert Ludlum. This is a spy versus spy story, with the requisite close calls, seemingly impossible dilemmas, and shoot-outs. A bit too much...more
Curt Taylor
My daughter works in the marketing department at Simon & Shuster and had a change to meet the author in the office. Got me a signed copy of this book, pretty cool as I am a pretty big fan. This the story behind Mitch Rapp, the key character in most of Flynn's books. From that standpoint it was pretty interesting, but if you have read any of the other books, Mitch's back-story is well known. The story really revolves around his recruitment and first operations, in Europe and the Middle East....more
Nanci
I discovered the Mitch Rapp series a few weeks ago, and have been racing through them ever since, bing reading them. I got the order incorrect and found out about certain episodes ahead of time (I hate reading series out of order!!!!) Anyway, I am really enjoying these books.

The writing is not the best, with some repetition and a lot of details on specific weaponry, use of acronyms, and other annoyances. However my focus is on the fascinating characters, specifically, Mitch Rapp himself. Traumat...more
Laurel
I am keen to find out more about Mitch Rapp, the deep cover, CIA-trained American assassin, the namesake for Vince Flynn's eleventh book in the series. And yet, this book is numbered as the first Mitch Rapp book. Any one confused? I was, until I did a bit of research. Turns out, this book is actually a prequel to the other ten books, which lay out Mitch's carreer as an American assassin.

Mitch is in deep, so deep that his bosses, the suits at the upper echelons of the CIA and in the White House,...more
Cole
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Robert
I was lucky enough to pick this book up during a vicnce flynn book signing at the poisoned pen in scottsdale. He spoke for an hour and it was great to hear about the upcoming movie and the direction he's taking the series. First, I think he's right that it would have been a bad idea to start at the beginning and that by starting in the "middle" with Separation of Power, he helps create a myth to Mitch Rapp. Now, if you follow the series, going back to the beginning and showing his faults and the...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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