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American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #1)

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn introduces the young Mitch Rapp on his first assignment, a mission of vengeance that made him a CIA superagent.

Two decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine oper
Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published October 12th 2010)
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Sep 03, 2011 Marcie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Johnston
Aug 04, 2011 David Johnston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2013 Vijai rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh
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
Jan 16, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2013 A.M. Khalifa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This action thriller was better than I expected. It's one of those that features a pretty close to perfect hero who does bad things to bad people so worse things won't happen. They're generally a quick, fun read, but all too often all logic & reality wind up in the comic zone. This didn't. While not as tight as David Morrell's early work, it's close. There are believable motivations & goals all the way around. No one is too perfect & there are some excellent characters, not just cari ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Doug Bradshaw
Jul 18, 2011 Doug Bradshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2011 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Amphlett
Nov 04, 2014 Rachel Amphlett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a word, superb.

This is why I love reading thrillers - every now and again, you discover a new series, read the first one and make a decision halfway through that you're going to devour the rest of the author's work as fast as possible.

I'd been hearing things about this series for a couple of years but other commitments kept me away. I'm kicking myself - hard.

Flynn's writing is fluid, he keeps the words simple while providing enough information that lets the reader's imagination to fly. I'd co
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
Jun 06, 2013 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shallow and predictable. Don't bother, you've seen this character and read this story a hundred times before.
Oh Dylan, Dylan, Dylan my good dude why.

Where do I start ? The character development is piss poor. So our good Mitch Rapp (wtf is this name ? it sounds so dumb ??) lost his father at 13yo in a heart attack and his highschool sweetheart in a terrorist attack so he's super familiar with death (ok?) and his heart is bursting with REVENGE. Coincidentally he's picked out by Langlsey wich is like a branch of the CIA, even thought he didn't do antyhing to be noticed (ok??) and he's sent off to a six-mo
Feb 20, 2016 Ctgt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, mostly by the numbers thriller that came to a fairly abrupt conclusion. A couple of differences including an interesting off the books scenario and a main character who doesn't have a military background make the series just intriguing enough for me to try the second book...but just barely.

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.
Giovanni Gelati
Oct 18, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 31, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
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
Kent Horner
Jan 18, 2012 Kent Horner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
Aug 28, 2016 Kyle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't shake the feeling that I've wasted my time with this one. This was my first foray into Vince Flynn's 'Mitch Rapp' series, and I have to admit, I had high hopes. I was expecting a thoroughly enjoyable spy thriller, but was left with the less-exciting bastard child of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher

From piss-poor editing (typos, typos EVERYWHERE), to wooden characters, a generic plot, and the golden boy main character, Mitch Rapp, who I'm supposed to believe is the savior of the clandestine
Aug 03, 2011 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
J.D. Wallace
Jul 09, 2016 J.D. Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want a really good origin story for a spy, this is it. This is where Mitch Rapp starts.
Sep 21, 2016 Naddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
If you are thriller fan and after reading David Baldacci or Lee Child's Personal you feel there is something missing, then read American Assassin it will satisfy your quench :). To me i haven't came across such a fast paced thriller read.

American Assassian is introduction of Mitch Rapp, how he Rapp initially came to work for the CIA, Sailing from childhood to youth, how he falls in love and how Rapp lost his love in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103. Grief-stricken, he swears revenge on
Aug 21, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
American Assassin
By Vince Flynn

Vince Flynn’s stunning #1 New York Times bestseller introduces the young Mitch Rapp on his first assignment, a mission of vengeance that made him a CIA superagent.
Two decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine operatives—men who do not exist—to meet this burgeoning threat abroad, before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield’s protégé, Irene Ken
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
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
Patti Phillips
Jan 14, 2014 Patti Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Aug 20, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vince Flynn was recommended to me by Goodreads because I've read some similar authors, such as David Baldacci and Tom Clancy. American Assassin introduces us to Mitch Rapp, a man who joins a government agency more powerful than the CIA. I considered Rapp a James Bond/Jason Bourne type guy. Even though the first book in the series is Transfer Of Power, I started with American Assassin because it takes us back to the younger days of Rapp and how he came to be.

The book held my interest from the ver
Amelia Owen
May 29, 2015 Amelia Owen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So boring. The only reason I finished it was because I really hate not finishing books once I've started them. I didn't care about the characters at all, they could have all died and I'd have been fine with that. There was no development or growth with any of the characters. The only good thing I have to say about this book is that its a quick read, so I wasn't stuck with it for very long.
Les Aucoin
Feb 22, 2011 Les Aucoin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Flimsy. Wholly lacking merit, even in the mindless "beach book" world that Flynn inhabits. Where it not for the brand he created among knuckle-draggers years before publishing became impoverished/selective, this author would never break through with this claptrap. I'm trying earnestly to write a political thriller with a modicum of merit. Flynn's only value to me is to demonstrate what to avoid.
Jul 27, 2016 Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I needed this. After a slew of so-so books, it was time to revisit a book that I truly enjoyed. I miss Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and haven't found any books I like as much.
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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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Mitch Rapp (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp, #2)
  • Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp, #3)
  • The Third Option (Mitch Rapp, #4)
  • Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp, #5)
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  • Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp, #7)
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