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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847376541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847376541
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.4 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vince Flynn was a New York Times bestselling author of eleven thrillers, including most recently EXTREME MEASURES and ACT OF TREASON. He lived in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. He died on June 19, 2013, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer.
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Vince Flynn clearly has one eye on Lee Child's action thriller throne with this twist-laden story of a fictionalised Lockerbie revenge plot by CIA operatives. Mitch Rapp is the resident brawny Bourne-alike, a college kid with a murky past fast-tracked into a band of elite agents and parachuted into Beirut to eliminate a group of jihadists . . . instantly gripping'
--Shortlist

Flynn does not do subtle -- this is action-packed, in-your-face, adrenalin-pumped super-hero macho escapist fiction that does exactly what it says on the label --Irish Independent

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Vince Flynn is an international No. 1 bestseller, published in 20 countries. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children. Visit his website at www.vinceflynn.com.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
Vince Flynn has written a series of books featuring undercover CIA counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp. "American Assassin" is a prequel to the series which explains how Rapp started his career. I have not read any of the other books in this series, but this seemed a good place to start.

The story is set in the late 1980s. The CIA want to form a team of black ops agents who will operate independently from the CIA and who can carry out assassinations of US enemies. They recruit a half dozen likely prospects. Most are ex-military, but one (Mitch Rapp) is a 23 year old college graduate and star athlete, who has his own personal motivations for choosing this career. The course is gruelling and all but two of the applicants fail or drop out. Over the next year, Rapp and another agent are taught the tricks of the trade: how to approach a safe house, how to communicate with your handlers, how to react when you are being fired upon, how to kill efficiently. Only when Rapp's training is complete is he despatched on his first assignment: to kill a Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie. From here the story moves between Germany, Switzerland, Moscow and Beirut.

This is an accomplished thriller. The pace throughout is steady, the characters are well developed and the storyline feels plausible. It builds to an explosive climax and left me wanting more. Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JK on 14 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
I love all the books in this series. This one fills in some gaps about the start of Mitch's life as an assassin. It has great pace to it and I could not put it down. My one reservation is the ending. It's almost as though Vince Flynn was rushing off to a football match or had some other deadline because I think that he could have done much better with the finale. Still, I look forward to the next volume in this saga!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless," -- Isaiah 1:17 (NKJV)

Among the many heroic thriller characters that excite us, few authors give us much of a sense of how the person got to be whatever way he is. Vince Flynn takes two giant steps in that direction with American Assassin by showing us Mitch Rapp entering assassin training under Stan Hurley through Mitch's first three field assignments . . . including one that appears to be going bad.

A strength of the story is how Flynn demonstrates the ways that Rapp's potential faith in his superiors and colleagues is undermined during the training process. A weakness of the story is that the action parts are toned down to reflect what an inexperienced Rapp might have been able to handle. There's a curious ambiguity in the plot development that has Rapp operating at an exceptional level in hand-to-hand combat from the beginning. This detail didn't quite ring true with me.

All in all, American Assassin was an above-average thriller read for me, and I raced through it. Although it's not essential to read this story if you are a Mitch Rapp fan, I think you will probably be glad when you do.

I, too, am shocked to see how high the electronic price is. I read the hardcover version so whatever weaknesses the electronic edition has are invisible to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M Cherry on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is my first Vinc Flynn book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It tells the story of a boyfriend of one of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing. The death of his loved one spurs him on to start training as a black ops assassin - targeted at the new breed of terrorists. I know this is part of a series, and I found it a good starter as I got to know the main character and see how he develops from a rookie to assassin. I have no idea how 'true to life' it all is, but I found it entertaining, nicely paced and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. F. Prestwich on 17 July 2011
Format: Paperback
A pre-quel sounds a good idea but after writing a series of, generally good stories featuring Mitch Rapp, Vince Flynn has disappointed and not lived up to his usual quality. First impression was 'a good idea and should be an interesting read' but final impression was ' good idea but no real thought and structure'. It read as if Vince got bored towards the end. Hopefully in future he will revert to his usual steady standard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By U. Thakkar on 4 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a prequel to a succesful series of high powered thrillers by Vince Flynn. I was really looking forward to finding out how Mitch Rapp got recruited. This story is padded out with a lot of inconsequential stuff. The element that makes the other books so powerful - the tension, the race against time, the sheer adrenelin in the story telling rarely surfaces. Fynn is coasting. Try his other books most are excellent
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It was an excellent gripping thriller. A real page turner which literally ran out of pages before the end. I would love to know what the writer was thinking when he ended the book so abruptly. He built the story up to an exciting climax and then just stopped writing. He had developed the dilemma that the protagonists and other characters found themselves in so well on a number of levels that I just can't understand why the writer ended the book without completing the story. I gave it a four star because it was an exciting read right up to the last word but there was so much more to be written. I will continue on with the series but I won't be able to take another ending like this one.
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