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American Assassin by Vince Flynn
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Oct 14, 2010

it was amazing
Read from October 14 to 18, 2010

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 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 gifted college athlete without a care in the world… and then tragedy struck.”
I, like many of you, have read the entire series and am a big fan. I have always been of the mind that a novel like this, a prequel explaining his mindset, would be awesome and I was right. Why does he do what he does, how did he come to make the decisions he has, what kind of training did he initially receive and where, how was he recruited, and what were his first assignments? The answers are all in this novel and the thoughts of the core group of people that surround the man himself: Irene Kennedy, Thomas Stanfield, Stan Hurley, and Lewis the psychologist. Incredible narrative by Vince Flynn, and I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably his best work to date. I feel that this is the BEST novel in this genre this year. There are a few more novels in this category coming out before Christmas but they better be point on to knock this incredible prequel off its perch in my mind.
American Assassin has an intensity that sets this novel apart from the rest. The conciseness of Flynn’s writing, the detail of the thoughts and the totality and depth of Rapp’s feelings, opinions, attitudes and inner most thoughts are all on display in this novel. I really don’t think that there is much left about Mitch Rapp and his young life to be discussed and have conjecture made. Vince Flynn delivers a total package for anyone that is a longtime fan or someone that is just catching on to the force of nature that is Mitch Rapp. Do I recommend this novel? No hesitation, yes go for it. This novel has a heartbeat and a rhythm that is rarely found in fiction today. Laid bare for all to read: the pain, the fractured life, the incredible mindset of a world class athlete turned into a raging killing machine, an American Assassin.
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message 2: by Jay (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jay I agree! Best book of the year so far.

Giovanni Gelati I appreciate that, thanks.I may print this out,haha.

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