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The Last Man – After finally receiving my signed first edition from Premiere Collectables, a company I’ll never do business with again, I was able to begin reading the newest installment of the Mitch Rapp series. I’ve come to hold Vince Flynn to a higher standard than other thriller writers because his books are what got me reading again. Once I was a few pages in I knew that Flynn wasn’t going to disappoint with his 14th book and I was able to finish reading all 448 pages in roughly two days and it was pretty hard to put it down to eat and sleep.
Flynn never fails to get your heart pumping and I found myself genuinely excited to turn the page and that enthusiasm lasted the entire book. I’ll admit I was a little disappointed with the ending because it was more open ended than previous books but it was still a fantastic read and I look forward to the next installment as well as the upcoming movie that will feature Bruce Willis as Stan Hurley.
As with all of his books I can recommend The Last Man highly as long as you don’t purchase it from Premiere Collectables.
This is one thing I’ve never actually done here, review an author and his/her books. I honestly feel compelled to write something about Vince Flynn and his fantastic books because I’ve never wanted to read anything more than his Mitch Rapp series. I picked up one book, American Assassin (without knowing it was not the first book), and found myself quickly blowing through the other 11. I went to the library, bought some on the iPad and even got a signed first edition. I am obsessed. Page turner doesn’t even begin to describe what he writes but your fingertips will be burning with desire to figure out what is happening on the next page. The books appeal to a wide audience as anyone with a taste for fictional thrillers (heavily based upon reality), spy novels, military strategy, assassins, the Middle East and a slew of other topics is going to love these books.
It had been awhile since I picked up a book and the last book I read was Black Hawk Down (which is great as well) and I was rather skeptical of someone I had never heard of. However after the first chapter I was completely hooked on Mitch Rapp and his masterful way’s of dealing with Washington DC’s political bullshit and the terrorists of the world. The books are electrifying because a fair of books make an assassin into a cold, calculated psycho and Mitch Rapp certainly is that but Flynn also makes him very human and very American. Rapp’s career is forged from a terrorist attack that took his girlfriend; the Lockerbie bombing.
Flynn puts a great deal of effort into making his books very realistic because when he’s writing about commando raids and special forces teams he doesn’t want those people reading the book and calling foul. He interviews CIA employees, military members, special operation personnel and anyone relevant to those in his books. His books are taken so seriously within the government that one high-ranking CIA official told his people, “I want you to read Flynn’s books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror.” For those of you who don’t trust the CIA then you can check the New York Times Best Seller list because he’s on there a few times with #1 best sellers.
From American Assassin: 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.
His books are action packed, lead slinging, terrorist killing fun with a side of romance and sexual intrigue. Better yet I feel like I can relate to the reality that surrounds the plot of all the books because like every American who witnessed 9/11 we feel we understand terrorism a bit more. Vince Flynn has truly put together a killer (no pun intended) series of books and with a little luck, a movie in the next year or so. His latest book which is the one I got a signed first edition of is incredible and it was all written while Vince was fighting for his life against stage 3 prostate cancer. I highly recommend anything that Vince Flynn writes or puts his weight behind.