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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vince Flynn Narrator: Armand Schultz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mitch Rapp Series Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781442335219
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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 college athlete without a care in the world…then tragedy struck.
     Two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives to 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? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two hundred and seventy souls perished 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. He wanted retribution.
     Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring 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 Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves onto 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.
     As action-packed, fast-paced, and brutally realistic as it gets, Flynn’s thriller tells listeners how it all began. 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cole "I make it rain" Van Halbeck | 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 Holden | 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 Berdon | 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 Rensberger | 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 Stoess | 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 Cameron | 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 Mckay | 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 Garner | 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 Kastens | 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 Glen | 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 S | 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. "

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About the Author
Author Vince Flynn

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

Armand Schultz has appeared on Broadway in The Herbal Bed, A View from the Bridge, and The Secret Rapture. He has performed extensively with the New York Shakespeare Festival and has been seen off Broadway in the award-winning Stuff Happens at the Public Theatre in New York City. His films include Vanilla Sky and Malcolm X.