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Author: Vince Flynn Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Mitch Rapp Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781442335219
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Now a major motion picture
#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn introduces the young Mitch Rapp as he takes on his first covert assignment.

Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world…and then tragedy struck. Terrorists attacked innocent American citizens, and Rapp’s girlfriend was among the murdered. Two hundred and seventy souls perished on that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. Now he wants retribution.

Two decades of cutthroat partisan politics have left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. America must confront Islamic terrorism with full force. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of command—men who do not exist.

What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Six months of intense training have prepared him to take the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the terrorist attack. Rapp then moves on to Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesn't know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.

Behind the steely gaze of the nation's ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American assassin. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mitch Rapp is still the best CIA-trained human weapon this side of Jason Bourne.”

    Contra Costa Times

  • “Captivating.”

    Glenn Beck

  • “A rousing work by a favorite of right-leaning media.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • APublishers Weekly bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cole | 1/23/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, i liked how Vince Flynn (the author) details every little thing, like when i fight is going on I feel like I am right there watching it. In this book a young kid named Mitch Rapp is trained by the CIA to be a killing machine. He goes to Beirut to capture the terriosts of the Pam Am Lockerbie attack. He is planning to kill them in Beirut but, the terriosts know of his existence and has captured his the man who trained him Stan Hurley. Rapp uses every ounce of skill he has to save his mentor and take down the terriost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikka11 | 1/22/2014

    " It was great to see how Mitch Rapp became the deadly weapon he was. I guess his perfection is sometimes over the top but I guess that was why Irene Kennedy was rooting for him despite Hurley's disapproval. The narrative sometimes got in the way of the action but it was still a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/16/2014

    " American Assassin is a good book for those with or without military experience. Terms and lingo are defined so that no one is left in the dark on any event. The book seems to be a gateway to many other books that follow the life of "Mitch Rapp". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 1/13/2014

    " The author went back to the beginning to explain how Mitch got to be the American Assassin. I really enjoy all of these and it was a quick read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/11/2014

    " Vince Flynn is a new author to me. I will be reading many more of his books! Not quite as good as Daniel Silva, but a close second. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoyee | 1/11/2014

    " It was an excellent read. I enjoy reading Vince Flynn novels very much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/3/2014

    " It's a good, modern action thriller but didn't find anything that compelling in prequel, will probably try another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sbennett | 1/3/2014

    " Wow! Just WOW! Another great Vince Flynn book. This one is the 'back story' on Mitch Rapp from his recruitment to his first mission. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/29/2013

    " first Rapp book, although written 7-8 books into the series. Cool view into the making of Vince rapp. Again, fun and easy read, not deep but enjoyable page turner "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 12/25/2013

    " really good thriller you get to find out how mitch rapp joins the cia black ops "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 12/12/2013

    " this is non-stop excitement. Do not pick it up unless you have time to spare because you will not want to put it down. It's the literary equivalent of a bag of potato chips. Nothing very nourishing but you keep going until you're done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donita | 12/6/2013

    " Loved this book! Just about all of Flynn's books are great & I love the Mitch & Stanley characters!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 11/25/2013

    " Interesting. Great amount of violence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 11/25/2013

    " Not terrible, but probably the most boring of all the Mitch Rap books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 11/11/2013

    " I absolutely loved the tenacity of some of the characters in this book. In the face of extreme adversity they showed no fear and at points they seemed to enjoy the extreme challenges they encountered, which made them seem to be not right in the head. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 8/27/2013

    " This author and series were recently recommended to me by my brother. I enjoyed the flow and character development. The hero character, Rapper, is the ultimate American hero. I also enjoyed the evil protagonist descriptions. An easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 4/13/2013

    " A truly great read. I had picked this up and read the audio version...incredible story since it was how Mitch Rapp became Mitch Rapp. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 3/14/2013

    " Ooooo ! Loved ALL Mitch Rapp books but this one was a prequel to the other 10. Loved it best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/12/2013

    " Loved it. It was great to hear how the great Mitch Rapp got his start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 10/29/2012

    " This book shows how Micth Rapp was recruited to become a world clas CIA spy. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/16/2012

    " The prequel to the Mitch Rapp series. Good, fast read that involved some espionage,some murder, some torture and killing bad guys in general! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 4/1/2012

    " Fairly standard gung-ho US-centric thriller. No Jack Reacher, but passable airport reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/31/2012

    " Not terrific writing, but tons of fun, if you like rampaging superheroish military hero type violence. Which I do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubrey | 7/1/2011

    " Great start to the Mitch Rapp series. I'm really glad that Vince Flynn wrote these prequel so that we can understand who Mitch Rapp really is and how he got his start. I'm eager to read the next prequel Kill Shot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/19/2011

    " Mitch Rapp is amazing. He could give Superman a run for his money. Entertaining book. Hard to put down. I think I'll back up and read some of the earlier books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec88 | 5/13/2011

    " Fantastic learning how Mitch Rapp got his start! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 5/11/2011

    " I was hoping for more in-depth character development since this was billed as the novel that told us "where Mitch Rapp came from," but in the end it was just more terrorist-killing ass-kicking freedom-loving Vince Flynn, and that's ok too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/8/2011

    " I wanted to like American Assassin. It's gotten great buzz and I usually like a nice spy thriller but this one left me flat. I jus thad trouble getting into it and I still can't put my finger on why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 5/7/2011

    " Awesome book! I listened to it on Spring Break! Faron & Joe listened too! They all loved it! I'm reading the Mitch Rapp Series! GREAT BOOK! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murray | 5/5/2011

    " excellent and you gotta love Mitch Rapp "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 5/2/2011

    " Started slow but picked up towards the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 5/1/2011

    " Great read; fun to see Mitch Rapp in action again! 5 Stars...just good easy fun reading.

    These are like American James Bond novels...great reads!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Di | 4/26/2011

    " Mitch Rapp is a true American hero - and this is where we find out how it all started. If you haven't read any of the others, you can start with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missmath144 | 4/22/2011

    " This Vince Flynn book takes us back to Mitch Rapp's beginning -- back to when he first starting training to work for the CIA in covert operations (VERY covert). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darren | 4/21/2011

    " Interesting but I hope it improves "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/19/2011

    " Unbelievable. Soooo good. It goes back into how Mitch started his journey as an Orion team assassin. Loved it. I'm a little sad because I think this is the last Rapp book. "

About the Author

Vince Flynn (1966–2013) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After struggling for years to get published, his first novel, Term Limits, hit the New York Times bestseller list and started a trend for all of his novels, which have become perennial bestsellers. He earned a sterling reputation for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of radical Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has won three of the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for lifetime achievement/ During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,700 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.