REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 1, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
I want this installment made into a movie! Heck, I want all the Rapp books made into moviREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 1, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
I want this installment made into a movie! Heck, I want all the Rapp books made into movies - TV movies, 2-part ones, 2 movies a month. Kyle Mills saw Colin Farrell as Rapp. I've not been, or am, a Farrell fan but I guess he'll do.
I enjoyed this book, surprisingly, because of the terrorists. The interaction between Hakim and Karim was funny and it was a refreshing change to see a different side to the bad guys. Rapp, as usual, sees things black and white when he has to. I like that. Kyle Mills also mentioned that "My books tend to be a bit morally ambiguous whereas Vince’s have a strong sense of good and evil.". I would not want Mills to change the Mitch Rapp that Flynn created and whom I like just as he is. So it was a relief when I read Mills say, "The prelude I wrote last week is a perfect example. When I reread it, I realized it was a solid Kyle Mills scene but not such a great Vince Flynn scene. So I went back and reworked it." (Kyle Answers Questions).
I am curious as to what happens to Nash after this - is he really going to be happy staying away from the action? I wasn't going to buy The Last Man (Rapp#13) but Kyle Mills said it sets up the story for The Survivor so between wanting to know how Nash is doing and already having bought The Survivor, I'll start on The Last Man today.
I was happy about Senator Lonsdale in the previous book and glad to see her being good on her word. It tickled me to read that the exchange between Rapp and Senator Ogden was based on a real life incident (see Kelly's review)....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
This installment kept me up till 3am and as soon as it ended, I went straight to the nexREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK, NOVEMBER 28, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
This installment kept me up till 3am and as soon as it ended, I went straight to the next book, Pursuit of Honor, which picks up where Extreme Measures leaves off.
There were times when I felt like I was following an 80s primetime soap called 'CIA' but that's not a complaint, just something I noted as it wasn't all just terrorists or Rapp falling for another stupid cow. This time Flynn threw in Mike Nash, who was trained by Rapp amd it's Nash tangling with a similar difficult home life - wife who's in the dark about what her dh does for a living. She knows he works in the CIA but he could be the janitor for all she knows. Nash's marital woes are not as hopeless as Rapp's was with Anna though I did want to put a bullet through Maggie's head earlier on. She redeemed herself so she lives...
Sometimes it gets tiresome when Rapp has to battle politicians and here, though it worked well with the overall 'relationship' plot and suspense plot, I wish Rapp were back in the field doing what he does best. I wish all the politicking were left to Irene and Rapp let loose to go hunting.
Anyway, I enjoyed this installment very much, despite the less-than-riveting portions dedicated to the terrorist's prep work.
The Narration: In the first two Rapp books, I thought Guidall's voice too old for a young Mitch Rapp. I still would, I think, if I were to relisten to American Assassin and Kill Shot. I see now how Guidall is such a favorite with non-romance audiobook enthusiasts and he's become my top fav as well, toppling even Dick Hill. I hope he'll continue to narrate the future Rapp books. He not only has great pacing, his cadence makes listening pleasurable and he narrates with the appropriate expression for each situation and character. He's great as an older Mitch Rapp (who's 40 in this book, IIRC)....more
My least-liked book so far. It was the usual slow start up to the halfway mark. Maybe even slower than usual. Picked up after that and I was enjoyingMy least-liked book so far. It was the usual slow start up to the halfway mark. Maybe even slower than usual. Picked up after that and I was enjoying it. Not as much as the other installments but at least I wasn't thinking of ditching it.
Then came the ending. The resolutions. I went W.T.F.???
That's it? It may be Rapp's way of resolving things but I expected different from Kennedy and disagree with her decision to go along with Rapp's idea. Can't give details but since I'm the only one who thought it was a lame way to end the book, I don't see the point in giving any, even with a spoiler alert.
I hope the rest of the books bring back the Vince Flynn I've come to love.
Update added November 26, 2015: I only realized this book continues in the next installment, Protect and Defend and it would have been good to know that before I posted my review. However, having DNF'd Protect and Defend, I stand by my posted review....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 26, 2015 Narrator: Armand Schultz
I struggled with this one even though I thought the plot had good potential. First, I diREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 26, 2015 Narrator: Armand Schultz
I struggled with this one even though I thought the plot had good potential. First, I did not like the way Harvath was portrayed - he came across as inexperienced, awkward with authority figures and generally stumbled around. Of course, I did compare him with Mitch Rapp, who was much more self-assured and confident at 23 and a rookie operative than Harvath who is older and already a SEAL.
I was disappointed with the overall writing because it was a promising start and I was excited to discover a thriller series featuring a sexy SEAL where I don't have to worry about romantic scenes disrupting the suspense. Harvath had it all - or he ought to except the author either deliberately wanted his MC to be more of a regular joe than the superhero Mitch Rapp or he wasn't aware that Harvath was struggling to stay on top of things.
I spent most of the time worrying about Harvath like a motherhen and wanting to tell him to find another line of work. I hated that the deaths of two people as it was unnecessary though others are likely to think it made the story more realistic or gritty. I wished throughout the book Harvath had someone like Irene at his six.
While I want a book to be suspenseful and have me at the edge of my seat, I also want to feel good. I want a certain assurance at the back of my mind that the MC, my hero of the series, is on top of things, can read the bad guys, anticipate bad situations and come out on top. This is why I read Fiction for leisure.
I did not feel this way about Scot Harvath. If he matures and becomes more hero-like than the bumbling boy-next-door I will continue but at the moment I am still suffering from the embarrassing scene where Harvath is trying to defend himself against accusations that he compromised the investigation by talking to CNN. Harvath was pathetic.
The dialogue was often amateurish and while not so bad that I had to stop, like Brad Taylor in One Rough Man, it lacked polish. There are books I can listen to where, even if I did not like the story, the writing still flowed smoothly. Not here, but I will try another book and see. Same with Brad Taylor's Pike Logan, I listened to the first book and might try another....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 20, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
This was 17 hours-plus long and it left me teary at the end. I checked the 1 and 2 starREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 20, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
This was 17 hours-plus long and it left me teary at the end. I checked the 1 and 2 star reviews before writing this review to see if they triggered anything I didn't like and forgot about but what they didn't like, weren't my issues. I love the Mitch Rapp books just as they are - except for Anna.
This installment is where I saw Mitch angry. I got to see how dispassionate he can be when he's on a personal quest. I loved it when President Hayes gave him the green light (via Kennedy) to go take those SoBs out. Was it a wimpy ending? Not to me. I loved it.
In my fantasies, Irene Kennedy is single and secretly married to Mitch. She's, at times, the hero of the series....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 18, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
After the last 2 books, I was a little anxious about how the series would go. ThankfullyREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 18, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
After the last 2 books, I was a little anxious about how the series would go. Thankfully, Memorial Day restored some semblance of assurance that Flynn won't let me down. One positive sign was that Anna wasn't present though Mitch is still wrestling with his wife's unhappiness over his career and is constantly telling her he's sorry.
I enjoyed the bomb threat plot, or rather, I enjoyed Rapp's 'take charge not take shit' attitude and his refusal to play the games that politicians and the Washington DC hacks live on. It's highly unpolitical of me but when Rapp told Al-Adel "We will nuke your beloved kingdom all the way back to the stone age" I wondered if the US could do just that to Syria and wipe ISIS out. But that's just my reaction as I watched the Paris attack.
Back to Mitch - I'm not happy about Mitch relegated to that new role of it where he has to fight those morons at the White House. He wants to quit because he's had enough and so have I. Irene Kennedy is trying to persuade him to stay but Mitch has had it up to here. Add in that Stealey woman whom he detests but doesn't know she's gotten it into her head that she wants him in her bed, I fear for Mitch.
I want Mitch back where he was - unknown and free to run his op the way he knows - and does - best but I don't know how that can happen after his cover was blown by Congressman Rudin in Separation of Power (#5)....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 16, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
I must have been very tired as I couldn't follow the story. There were two storylines goREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 16, 2015 Narrator: George Guidall
I must have been very tired as I couldn't follow the story. There were two storylines going on throughout the book and seemed unconnected but you know it is so it adds to the frustration. With audio, it's even more frustrating as I couldn't go back and check for something I missed. But in the end, it didn't seem to matter because all I needed was to listen to Rapp's rant in the final quarter and got the gist of the entire book in five minutes. Samuel's review sums everything up for me that I want to say but can't be bothered.
All through the audiobook, I kept wondering who the heck was David. The book was mostly about him, not Mitch Rapp, and I even wondered if I had picked the wrong book. But no, it was Rapp but maybe Flynn forgot. In any case, I felt somewhat derailed - it wasn't really the kind of Rapp book I've come to enjoy not just because this stranger called David hijacked it, but because Mitch is still battling that cow he's married to. There are 14 books - 7 more to go - and I'm hoping I won't have to put up with Anna for 7 more books. Not unless she gets her head straight and stop being such a pain the ass.
Not an installment I enjoyed but I love Rapp in action so I'm going to check out Book 7 and see if it sounds more like the Rapp I like or I should take a break and do a serial killer instead....more