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The American

(Ryan Kealey #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,854 ratings  ·  179 reviews
At thirty-three, Ryan Kealey has achieved more in his military and CIA career than most men can dream of in a lifetime. He's also seen the worst life has to offer and is lucky to have survived it. But being left alone with his demons is no longer an option. The CIA needs him badly, because the enemy they're facing is former U.S. soldier Jason March.

Ryan knows all about Ma
Mass Market Paperback, 430 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Pinnacle Books (first published March 28th 2006)
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Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The American is a political thriller trying to find the murder of US Senator Daniel Ley and security detail on the streets of Washington D.C. Retired CIA operative Ryan Kealey was brought back into the agency due to the identity of the assassin. However, been involved with the CIA again caused Ryan problems in his professional and private live. The American takes the readers on a rollercoaster ride to find the assassin before he kills his next victim intertwined with Ryan's problems with his gir ...more
Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it
[The author has passed away, so this is not meant as a slight to his work, but really just an examination of what I like to call Men's Formula Fiction (MFF) in relation to this specific book.]

I bought a used paperback copy of this MFF book on my vacation, but didn't start it until the flight home. MFF is usually called thrillers or some such thing, but really, they are romance novels for men...focused on a high body count and some paragraphs with a lot of technical description of weaponry, fight
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

"We aren't walking in the dark. We are the dark."- CIA S.A.D officer Kara Stanton, CBS Person Of Interest

Andrew Britton is a dead spy thriller writer. Born in England, moved to the USA, served in the military and then started his writing career. He managed to do 5 books before his untimely passing in his mid-20's. Which is a shame. Specializing in the counter-terrorist sub-genre of spy fiction, his work focused on a badass CIA killer by the name of Ryan Kealey. Any other day i
Rob Smith, Jr.
May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2014
As with almost all contemporary books I've read, with the exception of the Johnstone Clan series, I, again, can't understand the overwriting being done. I know the publisher wants a certain sized book to make certain profits. Then why not just contract writers that know how to write a long book?

This is needlessly long. Some editor really goofed not reigning in this first time writer. What really made me angry was how the book ended. As in other over long cases, I notice that the book could be br
Joe Orozco
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
What happens when the military expert you train turns against you? Such is the case with former soldier, Jason March, and the only person capable of hunting him is the man who taught him. Only, time is ticking, because March has aligned himself with Middle Eastern forces committed to the assassination of the American president and other world leaders. For Ryan Kealey, it's as much a terrorist plot as it is a personal vendetta. The ending is not what you expect.

You'll enjoy this book if you're in
Vince Flynn/Brad Thor like anti-terror novel...similarily the hero is a iconoclastic CIA agent saving us from evil...I love this 1st by this author in a genre that entertains me immensely...just recently, I was shocked that Britton passed away, in 2008, at 27, with a legacy of just 4 books in this series and a stand-alone...Ironically, I'm reading Wilson's "Black Wolf"...stories are similar in that US operatives are after American terrorists who've "gone over...the Britton hero after ...more
Jacob Peled
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: terror-cia, _2015, 5-stars
Took me a while to read the book because of lack of time, and a book like that which is a super fast pace kind of adventure, needs to be read "nonstop". Anyway at the 2nd part I was able to read almost continually, just couldn't put it down. I like the main hero character –"Ryan Kealey ". Looking forward to other books by Andrew Britton. It's a pity he died so young a 27. Nevertheless He left us quite a few books of his. For all the CIA-FBI-Secrete Service thrillers – It's a good choice
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Young author... good book. Tragically a short life for Britton.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author, series and book for me. Exceptional story! Great characters and lots of action. I have the rest of the series on my self, and look forward to reading them all.
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Heart of Betrayal’ by Andrew Britton
Published by Penguin. 1st February 2007. ISBN 978-0-141-02796-8

Former Special Forces Officer Ryan Kealey is now living in Maine, lecturing occasionally at
the University of Maine as an associated professor of International relations. His partner of
six months is Katie Donavon, who isn’t totally sure he has retired.

When Ryan sees on the news a terrorist strike on Independence Avenue, Washington DC - a
hit on three cars in broad daylight, killing a US Senator, an
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: genre-thrillers
Throughout the book we are told how great a guy Ryan Kealey is, how he has won so many honors in his short but illustrious career. But we don't see this greatness in the story. All he really does is intimidate a couple of goons into giving him information. Now, I am not an intelligence expert but having read enough spy novels I know that an intelligence operative is supposed to get things done quietly and efficiently, without bringing too much attention to him/herself. But at every step Ryan goe ...more
Razvan Banciu
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
not a bad beginning, quite a four stars one, but it turns into a somehow dull story, with an stupid ugly end, so i had to think positively and rank it with three, perhaps one too many.
- there are too many casualities, most of them innocent, and too much violence
- main characters, the good one and the bad one, are tough and agressive and have conduct problems in society. my interest in Ryan's amorous live is next to zero, so the novel goes too long and boring.
- Kharmai girl is a nasty ungrateful
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Really wanted to rate this one higher. It got off to a good start, then the author decided to toss in a lousy character. Spoiler alert on this one.

He could have made Kealeys girlfriend less of a insecure, manipulative, controlling, jealous, sugar daddy hunting witch. (Was going to use a different word...) Maybe he wanted his readers to hate her? If so, he did a great job on it. She was one of those self centered women that cries she loves you yet you have to change because she can't take what yo
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
okay, the story was pretty good. I have to admit, that I've read all the Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp books, and that's my basis of comparison (and none have been as good). My biggest issue is the portrayal of the women in the book. Judged on appearance, then emotional stability, then performance. And the ones that come out as capable, the author feels the need to state that it's even more remarkable because they're in a "man's world". And neither of the two main female characters were likable. That s ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Former Special Forces soldier and CIA operative Ryan Kealey is pulled back into the life he was trying to leave behind when he learns that a man he once trained is behind the assassination of a US senator and his entire security team on the streets of Washington - and might be planning something even more devastating for his next attack. Ruthless, skilled, and extremely lethal, Jason March comes with connections to a terrorist network and a vendetta against the entirety of the US as well as Keal ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I know the author wrote this book when he was 21 or 22, and it shows in the silliness of the entire plot. I could not wait to finish this book, so I could be done with it. How many of you wanted to see Naomi killed off? What in the world was her contribution to the story? She was an analyst for the CIA, and yet she was thrust into a position of an operative. It was clear the author just wanted to have a girl accompanying the protagonist on his useless adventure overseas. All she did was whine an ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 out 5 stars, because it was non-stop action and for a first book, I felt it moved along very quickly and held my interest. I had to get the next book to see what happens to Ryan as he left this one up in the air at the end of THE AMERICAN.

I will probably recommend this book to some of my male customers that like the shoot em' up and blow em' up kind of book.

I am sad that this author passed away at such a young age, as I would love to see the progression of his characters as
Steven Hildreth Jr.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Went back and reread this one. What I noticed: the plot still held up and was pretty unique, and the action was crisp. The only thing that stood out as negative was unnecessarily describing female bodies in a sexual manner, something that seems to be a pitfall with many authors (myself included; I've been working on not falling in that trap). Still, for a debut novel, it was fantastic. It makes me wonder just how far Britton would have gone had he not met his untimely demise.
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, mystery
Mitch Rapp light. It has the same plot line and sense of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp thrillers - a good thing. Kealey is not as lethal, nor as connected, as Rapp. Like Flynn, the female characters are cardboard and don't present well. They come across as petulant and, a bit, dim-witted. The suspense was generally good with an ending promising more of the same bad guy.
Dave Douglas
Fair Fist Attempt

For sophomoric attempts at describing both professional and romantic relationships, as well as the unnecessary dropping of apparel brand names throughout the text, this book deserves a 2 star rating. Enough hope, however, that I will at least start the next book in the series, anticipating better crafting of verse and story lines.
Terri L
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The American

The story line was a bit predictable but I found myself immediately liking the character. I will definitely read the next book. There is a lot of potential and looking forward to the next installment.
Kathy Hutchinson
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing book and it definitely leave the reader hanging. After I'm done, I find out the author has several additional books in this series. Now I'm hooked. If you like espionage, thrillers, and good stories this is a good one.
Jo Trelfa
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book, don't think March would have survived though, can guess what the next book will be about.
Lewis Smith
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, fast moving, current day thriller.
Christopher Nur
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Did not like the style. Pushed through a couple of chapters. Gave up.
Jason Galloway
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Similar to Vinch Flynn, books get better as the series goes.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book! Quite a page turner, great story with lots of suspense, pulling you deeper into the adventure. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Corey Baltzer
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
5 stars is not enough for this book. Non-stop action, twists, suspense... but the ending is SO abrupt!
Judy Green
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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During his early childhood, Andrew Britton lived between England and Camlough, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, until the family emigrated to the United States in 1988 at age seven. Britton spent years in both Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from Leesville Road High School in Raleigh in 1999, Britton joined the U.S. Army as a combat engineer. He stayed in the ...more

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