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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (24 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857208683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857208682
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,299 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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"Flynn is a master -- maybe "the" master -- of writing thriller novels in which the pages seem to turn themselves." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the the second prequel in the Mitch Rapp series, following on from American Assassin. That book was about Rapp's recruitment and training to become a clandestine assassin for the CIA. When this story kicks off, he is about to eliminate another US target, a Libyan terrorist who is visiting Paris. He breaks into the man's room and pumps a bullet into him as he sleeps. But almost immediately he realises that he's walked into a trap and that a team is lying in wait to assassinate him. Rapp is wounded in the ensuing gunfire but manages to escape. His orders are now to report in to the CIA, but not knowing who he can trust, he goes underground.

I was looking forward to reading this book, but I feel like it was just...okay. Not terrible, perfectly enjoyable, but lacking that relentless "go forward" momentum that keeps you wanting to turn the pages until the small hours. Somehow, Rapp's situation just never felt desperate enough. The tension wasn't really there. Whilst I enjoyed reading about how he outsmarts those superior to him, I never really had any doubt about how things would resolve themselves. Plus the ending is seriously super silly. If you plucked it off my bookshelf and asked me if it was worth reading, I'd probably just shrug - you could do better, you could do worse. Ultimately it's about as forgettable as its very generic title.

Having said that, I still think Rapp is a great character and I like the thought that goes into the way that he operates. I also really liked the french female detective who's tasked with investigating the hotel shooting spree. She makes a terrific, take-no-crap individual.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
If you like a thriller that brings espionage, double dealing and one of the world's best assassin's to the fore, then you're going to love this new Vince Flynn thriller. The story is fast moving, the characters intriguing and to be honest whilst there are some flaws, I tended to ignore them as I sat back and let the tale wend its merry way through my imagination.

The writing is crisp, the prose decent and when you add to the mix the authors ability to keep you firmly within his grasp then the reader is in for a real treat. Finally add this an author who knows how to add nuances within the characters psyche which when backed with the spy worlds double dealing and all in you know that the reader is in for a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Kill Shot suffers the unenviable task of try to be all things to all people. It needs to please all the existing Mitch Rapp fans out there, as this is the twelfth book in the series I imagine that there are quite a few, as well as draw in new potential readers. I fall squarely into the second category. I've not read any of the other books, including the 1st prequel novel that precedes Kill Shot, so I'm blissfully ignorant of everything that has happened before and after the events that occur here. The good news, though, is that as this novel acts is a prequel to most of the previous eleven books it does actually serve as quite a good introduction to the murky life of a CIA sanctioned assassin.

The clandestine nature of espionage and assassination feature as a backdrop to the novel's main narrative. The vast majority of the characters that the reader meets are directly involved in spying for their various governments, and it becomes obvious quite early on that all of them have what can only be described as `trust issues'. There are plenty of shady political machinations that will keep any reader's attention.

At this early point in his career Mitch Rapp is driven by his desire for revenge. Events in his past fuel his anger toward all forms of terrorism. When it comes to his work he is like a machine, he lets nothing and no one stand in his way. He will complete his objectives at all costs.

There aren't many moments in the novel where the reader gets to see Rapp's human side, and I have to admit, I am a bit unsure about this choice. I can appreciate his motivations when it comes to his chosen profession but I didn't empathise with him as much as I would have liked. In fairness, this decision may be entirely deliberate on the author's part.
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That's a usual Mitch Rapp-Story. So I can't follow the bad reviews to this writing. Everything what you expect and accustomed to is put together in this book.

This is a story about the younger Mitch Rapp. Just 25 and just one year as an operative in the agency he is in Paris just to murder another nameless terrorist. But something went terrible wrong. He was expected and so he ends up with a serious wound in his shoulder. Someone betrayed him... but who? His handler Irene, her boss or his trainer Stan? But Mitch Rapp would not be Mitch Rapp if he packs his things and fly back to the states. No, someone have to pay. With his trainer Stan Hurley on his feet and an obscure french intelligence officer this book has a thrilling story.

Nearly in every triller are some parts, that are not as thrilling than the rest of the book. But this is no circumstance for a bad review. Especially when Vince Flynn wrote something about a rival of Rapp or about the life of Irene Kennedy, the handler of Rapp. These scenes are naturally not as thrilling as the parts, when Rapp goes to work", but they tell us something about the background of Rapps life. And so, these parts are interesting and very useful to understand the protagonists of the books. And don't follow other reviews and belive this book contains only one shooting at the beginning... there are other scenes with a lot of slugs, blood and violence.

Noteable is, that Mitch Rapp is not the only center of the book... there is another one... a she. Perhaps this is a style, which not every reader is accostumed to. Two lines of action.

And so this book is as fast-paced, thrilling and interesting as every book from Vince Flynn about Mitch Rapp.
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