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  • American Assassin

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Summary

INCLUDES THE FIRST CHAPTER FROM VINCE FLYNN AND KYLE MILLS’ LATEST THRILLER, ENEMY OF THE STATE!

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.

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 protégé, 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? 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. 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.

©2010 Vince Flynn (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

Critic reviews

“Mitch Rapp is still the best CIA-trained human weapon this side of Jason Bourne.” ( Contra Costa Times)
"Captivating.” (Glenn Beck)

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Shame.

shame it's not the full version which doesn't seem to be available to buy as an audible book...

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blocky ill-paced and not enthralling

Poorly written with a semi-interesting storyline. I only finished this book due to habit. disappointed

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Great introduction to Mich Rapp series of books.

Being a fan and having read all of Lee Child's Jack Reacher books, Vince Flynn provides a great alternative.

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  • TC
  • 23-09-19

Unputdownable!!!

Read his books before & now reading them again at 78. He sure can keep me hooked.

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GREAT start to a series

Narrated to perfection, suspense to keep you listening and it's a great set up for a series. I'm on board

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Ridiculous

Very short and totally stupid, lacking any character or plot development. Completely obvious jingoistic story. Very thin gruel.

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Really enjoyed the book

Really enjoyed the book it's a brilliant start to the rest of the story.

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Brilliant as ever, a great job done by all 3 stars

Story excellent, narration always the best by Scultz and story brilliant as ever.
Not 2 Be missed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-18

it's an abridged version. but doesn't advertise it

it's an abridged version.

nowhere do I see that in the listing

I want a refund.

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  • Nelson Pahl
  • 21-10-10

Best Rapp Yet

I've read/listened to all Vince Flynn's books, and while I thought the series got a bit tired over the last four books or so, he's shot new life into it with this work. I hope he's smart enough to take this gap between American Assassin and his first Rapp novel, Transfer of Power, and fill in that decade with a decade's worth of new Rapp material from his younger years. He could easily squeeze out eight or nine more annual offerings just by doing that, without allowing the series to get stale. While I'm not a fan of the guy doing the unabridged version, I love Armand Schultz, as both Mitch Rapp and Brad Thor's Scott Harvath. And he did a wonderful job here, bringing Rapp back to a younger, more naive version of the scorned, crusty guy he was by his 43rd birthday in the last novel. Great stuff from both writer and narrator!

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  • MS
  • 08-01-18

If you like the “Jason Bourne” novels/movies, then you’ll like this...

Fast-paced excitement espionage stuff. Reminds me a lot of the old Ludlum “Bourne” series, but a much smoother writing style. Very easy to follow storyline that moves along quickly to make for a very entertaining read/audio.

The audible was excellent. Probably one of the best I’ve ever listened to.

Now off to see the movie...which based on the mediocre ratings/reviews, likely digressed from the book and rushed through all the good stuff...ugh.

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  • Allen Anthony
  • 08-05-16

Back to basics

Mitch in the beginning, 2 no time I listened, and I enjoyed the story as much this time as I did the 1 st time

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  • Irish13
  • 01-11-15

Great story

As a Brad Thor and Scot Harvath fan, I am pumped to have another hero to root for. This is my first Vince Flynn and I will binge listen till I'm caught up.

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  • Climber
  • 21-03-22

Vince Flynn writes another great story

Really enjoyed American Assassin. First time using an audible book. I found it enjoyable and with my long commute, the book made the time pass quit. Recommend both American Assassin and Author Vince Flynn

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  • kevin Seal
  • 20-01-21

love the vince flynn books

great action great series,. definitely kept my attention, did not want to do listening. looking forward to the next

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  • Carter Msilisi
  • 14-09-20

Good Read

This book is good for anyone who is interested in action movies. The narration is sometimes distracting.

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  • Alison Diprose
  • 02-11-18

Great story

Wish it wasn’t abridged
I didn’t realize this until it said at the end
A great story though

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  • Laura H
  • 10-11-17

Enjoyed this a lot!

If you like fast moving stories with good character development, you’ll enjoy this book. The reader was super good with voices and the sudden changes for conversations. I️ liked it a lot!