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The Last Man

(Mitch Rapp #13)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  32,735 ratings  ·  1,521 reviews
A pulse-pounding thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn, as Mitch Rapp heads to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent.
The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine oper
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this book with mixed feelings. Vince Flynn has been one of my favorite authors ever since he started the Mitch Rapp series. With his untimely death this past June from prostate cancer, so begins the death of Mitch Rapp in an unintended way.

With "The Last Man" being released in November 2012 and Flynn passing this past June, you would think that there would be no more "Rapp" thrillers to look forward to. You would be WRONG!!!! "The Survivor" (ironically or appropriately named, depending o
G.H. Eckel
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mitch Rapp is back tracking down a kidnapped CIA agent who knows national secrets that cannot fall into enemy hands. The consequences would be the death of numerous undercover agents and the crippling of CIA intelligence operations for ten years.

The situation looks pretty clear cut: four dead guards and a missing CIA leader in a CIA safehouse. But something is squirrelly, at least it seems so to the indefatigable Mitch Rapp, the last man the bad guys should leave standing. And it is Mitch Rapp
Bill Krieger
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I must admit. My 3-star review may be a bit sentimental here. The Mitch Rapp series of books is my all-time favorite. But if this book is "worth reading", then it is barely worth it. The Last Man was disappointing, and there's not much to recommend here.

The glaring weakness in The Last Man is how little Mitch Rapp appears. There are precious few scenes of classic Mitch Rapp action and violence. I think it's a good hundred pages before Mitch Rapp gets going at all.

The plot is really weak and, I w
Brian Rueger
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, assassin
I found this book a little disappointing. The plot was ok, but I hate it when a seasoned writer like Flynn makes serious technical errors in his writing.

I would think that a writer would get some authorities to read his manuscript before publishing; after all, this is not Hollywood! I don't mind it with an author creates an object in his/her fiction - like Dale Brown's super-B-52. However, when they talk about real life entities, they should get it right.

1) (Oxygen tanks used as an explosive at
Dec 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
The following could have easily been an passage from the book:

- "Good morning Mr. Rapp".
- Rapp casually took out his gun and shot the man. "I told you not to speak unless spoken to. I told you how dangerous I am. Now you understand I wasn't joking".

- "Rapp!", said the very important Army general, "you can't shoot my men. I am a very important person and I am in charge around here! You can call the head of the CIA and she'll tell you I'm running the show!"

- "You have no idea. The issue I was sent
Lorca Damon
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How do you side with the good guys over the bad guys when you can’t tell who the good guys are? And what if the lines between good and bad keep blurring, so that the bad guys sit on the sidelines and watch the good guys destroy each other?

In Vince Flynn’s upcoming installment in his bestselling Mitch Rapp series, The Last Man (Atria) pits all of Washington against itself, set against the backdrop of the Middle East. The FBI fights the CIA who fights the repatriation of Afghani warlords who have
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Iron Man has returned….No, not superhero Tony Stark, it’s the CIA’s resident Hitman Mitch Rapp. The novel starts with our protagonist on a trip to Afghanistan investigating the kidnapping of the CIA’s main man on the ground, Joe Rickman who has been the main conduit for bribes in the country. No sooner is he on ground; Rapp is caught up in his toughest mission yet since “Protect and Defend”. What starts out as a typical Flynn terrorism story turns into something much more, a snapshot on where we ...more
Jeannie Walker
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A safe house with four men lined up on the living room floor. There was nothing about this mess to give Mitch Rapp any kind of assurance that things would be fine, but it gave him an inkling to something he did not want to consider. The safe house looked like an average run of the mill two-story blockhouse in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. So what happened? Rapp's boss, Irene Kennedy sent him to Afghanistan to find Joe Rickman, the most cunning and brilliant operative he had ever worked with. Was the C ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well, I love Mitch Rapp. He is everybody's answer to taking out revenge against bad guys. And we love him for being such a patriot and cleaning the world of the scum. But ... I think I'm done with this series. I'm not comfortable with the language, but even more so, with the idea that we are supposed to feel great that our hero can kill with such precision, abandon, and perfection. Evidently, he only had one time when he did NOT take the kill shot to the forehead, and that was when he spared Gou ...more
Mike French
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mitch Rapp is back and at his best!
Rex Fuller
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book. One of Flynn's best, and I have read all of them.
Tamara McKinney
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012, read-2015
Count down to the next one!!!!!
Angela Watts

The Last Man blew me away. I dragged my feet at starting it and reading too much because I knew that when I did, I wouldn't be able to stop, and this being the last novel in the series that Flynn wrote... I wasn't ready to exit this season. But The Last Man didn't just meet my expectations--it shot way past them.

I absolutely loved this novel. I'm pretty good at following a Rapp novel and expecting things and figuring out clues before the veil is lifted. This book had great twists and turns,
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vince Flynn has done it again! The Last Man is an adrenaline packed thrill ride that has more twists and turns than the world's great roller coasters. The book finds American assassin Mitch Rapp knee deep in a in conspiracy and mystery in post-Bin Laden Afghanistan.

When Joe Rickman, the CIA's top head of clandestine operations in Afghanistan is kidnapped, a tsunami of epic proportions is set off in the various branches of governments and intelligence agencies around the region and in the United
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Flynn brings his famed character, Mitch Rapp, back on the scene with another explosive thriller. Using the favourite topic of this genre this decade, fighting against terrorist forces, Rapp is sent to Afghanistan to find a recently captured CIA operative, whose knowledge of many spies working for the US could cause a great mark against the Clandestine Service. Rapp’s rescue attempt is hampered, which flips the tables on the entire operation, partially turning the hunter into the hunted. After di ...more
Benjamin Thomas
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
After writing two prequels in the Mitch Rapp series, author Vince Flynn returned to the original timeline in this 13th novel in the series. I was happy to see that because I enjoy the mature, take-no-prisoners Rapp a little more than the younger brash but fallible version.

Once again Mitch has his work cut out for him and his associates as somebody or some organization is out to ambush the CIA’s mission in Afghanistan. An invaluable CIA asset has gone missing, and with him, secrets that in the wr
Joel Anderson
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding book in the Mitch Rapp series. An agent, Joe Rickman, is kidnapped in Afghanistan leaving behind 4 dead bodyguards in a safehouse that was supposed to be impregnable, not a normal agent, but one who knows most of the CIA's secrets. The question is, can they get him back before he breaks and spills those secrets to the kidnappers? There are many questions, most significantly, who has Rickman and how did they defeat the state of the art security system intended to protect him? ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Read as an audiobook. A complex plot that is well organized and fluid. The action starts on the first page and continues throughout the book. One of the few books on Afghanistan and related to Pakistan that really explores the complex relationship of the sectarian and the pious coordinating with the Washington power of the alphabet agencies. Although the reason for Rickman ultimate reasoning for what he did is not fully explained, there was not a need - many times what people do is ju ...more
Joseph Lewis
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this guy. Never reviewed him before because everyone - except lefties - knew how great he was. I'll start re-reading him from beginning to end now.
Yigal Zur
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
strong andquick
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As much as I enjoyed this entry in the action-packed Mitch Rapp series, I was very sad when is was over, because Vince Flynn sadly passed away and this was the final book written in his words. I know ghost writer Kyle Mills is continuing on with the Rapp franchise as we speak, and I plan to continue reading it. RIP Mr. Flynn, you will be missed!

Our supersoldier CIA operative Mitch Rapp is called in to investigate the capture and disappearance of Joe Rickman, the director of clandestine operation
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
How do you like your action hero. Is it the wise cracking Die Hard hero, who fights hard and spouts funny quips in the face of death, or is the suave James Bond, whose hair is never disheveled, and whose suit is spotless.

Mitch Rapp has been nearly invincible. Maybe wounded. Maybe captured and tortured, but never seriously hurt. His buddies, maimed and killed. His wife and baby, maimed or killed. Superman is boring. We know that he survives if only so Flynn can write another book. It used to be t
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was a surprisingly good read. There's plenty of intrigue, plenty of action, and, surprisingly, there's a lot more nuance and complexity than Flynn's previous thrillers, which I welcomed.

Vince Flynn has done it again! "The Last Man" is an adrenaline packed thrill ride that has more twists and turns than the world's great roller coasters. The book finds American assassin Mitch Rapp knee deep in a in conspiracy and mystery in post-Bin Laden Afghanistan.

When Joe Rickman, the CIA's top head of c
Ross Sidor
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Last Man" is the best of Vince Flynn's original Rapp novels, and the only one of his novels that is essentially a true spy story, rather than focusing on counterterrorism action.

It's set in Afghanistan in the time following the bin Laden raid, when American relations with Pakistan are at their lowest and the White House is searching for a politically acceptable way to withdraw from Afghanistan. Against this backdrop, the CIA's top covert ops officer in the country disappears from a safe ho
Nick Brett
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
After a two book diversion to look at Mitch Rapp’s back-story, here we are back in the present. In fact very much the present as a top CIA asset is kidnapped in Afghanistan and the knowledge he holds could put a great deal of the CIA’s intelligence gathering at risk. Mitch Rapp is sent out with a small advance team to try to track down the kidnappers before it is too late. After a while it appears there is another agenda at play although what it is and who is behind it, is not obvious.

Mitch Rapp
When Joe Rickman disappeared, seemingly kidnapped, Mitch Rapp was immediately on the case. Joe was head of CIA clandestine operations in Afghanistan, and had a phenomenal memory – he didn’t need to take notes, everything was stored in his head. The opportunity for catastrophe if Joe had been kidnapped by the Taliban was unthinkable. They needed to get him back yesterday!

With the execution style murders of Joe’s four bodyguards the first sign that something more was afoot, Mitch and his team of
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I love Mitch Rapp. He is the "last man" you want to mess with. I wish Flynn would not have to get so graphic - this time about torture, and all the different gun makes and caliber numbers just go over my head, but other than that, Flynn tells a great story.

This book is set in the current situation of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It reflects the covert operations needed to find Bin Laden, how giving control back to the Afghan people is going, the concerns of Taliban continuing to be a key player, t
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great one by Vince Flynn. This book kept me turning page after page after page. Mitch Rapp again does what Mitch Rapp does best. He kills bad guys. He even kills good guys that have gone bad.
This book was bitter sweet for me as I knew this was the last book in the Mitch Rapp series. I thoroughly enjoyed every page as I did with the previous 12 Mitch Rapp books. The closer I got to the end, the sadder I became as I knew that when the last page was completed, there would be no more stories
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good antidote to the spin by the 'Liberal Press'. Again, Flynn points out the lack of accountability of the US Senate due to the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. This changed the senator's being elected by a states legislature to represent the rights of that state's government, to popular vote within the state. Now senators are an elitist class, not listening to the state government, but rather the leadership of their political party. They take away the power of the people's House of Repres ...more
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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 left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine

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