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American Assassin

Bewertungen:
3.5/5 (18 Bewertungen)
Länge:
477 Seiten
7 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Aug 24, 2017
ISBN:
9781471171406
Format:
Buch

Beschreibung

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Dylan O'Brien (Maze Runner), Taylor Kitsch (True Detective) and Michael Keaton.

Tensions in the Middle East are simmering when Central Intelligence Agency Director Irene Kennedy pays a visit to Syracuse University, where she hopes to recruit none other than Mitch Rapp, a student who has quickly climbed up the academic and athletic ranks. At first glance, he appears like any other smart, good-looking American college kid. Under the surface, however, a tempest rages.

Nine months later, after gruelling training, Mitch finds himself in Istanbul on his first assignment. He hits his target but quickly sees, for the first time, what revenge means...

 
Freigegeben:
Aug 24, 2017
ISBN:
9781471171406
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn (1966–2013) created one of contemporary fiction’s most popular heroes: CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp, featured in thirteen of Flynn’s acclaimed political thrillers. All of his novels are New York Times bestsellers, including his stand-alone debut novel, Term Limits.


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  • (3/5)
    I love that my library has Overdrive, I can get so many audiobooks to listen to while doing various things during the day. This book has been on my want to read list forever, but it wasn't one that was at the top of my list to actually pick up and read. That's why I was so happy to be able to get the audiobook. I first heard about Mitch Rapp from a fanfiction author I used to read. She put up a list with characters she loved and listed the series they were in. I thought this series sounded interesting and wanted to give it a chance. This was one recommendation that was spot on for me. I enjoyed the book and will definitely be listening/reading more of this series. This book is about why Mitch Rapp decided to follow the path he's on. His training and first assignments as an assassin. This is more of an espionage thriller than a mystery, but still a great book. There is a small relationship in the book but the sex scene is a fade to black rather than something explicit. So that will be a plus for many. I do suggest trying this series, it has a lot of current world events in it, and I felt that it made the book more realistic with what it was portraying.
  • (4/5)
    A solid start to a terrific series. Readers get the backstory on CIA counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp in "American Assassin" from the time that he begins under the tutelage of Stan Hurley, Irene Kennedy, and Thomas Stansfield through the completion of his first few missions.The book develops a large number of memorable characters in a plot that is both believable and exciting. Purists of the series will want to start with this book before plunging into the rest of the stories.
  • (4/5)
    Espionage and suspense at its finest with the introduction of Mitch Rapp.
  • (3/5)
    i did not feel it was Flynn's best. A bit hard to believe, This is the 11th book in a series about a CIA assassin named Mitch Rapp. It is the prequel to the other already told stories. Mitch Rapp is a gifted college athlete who lost the love of his life when terrorist put a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 -- a backstory that's not quite believable.
  • (2/5)
    Ending lacked and typos throughout were extremely annoying and distracting.
  • (3/5)
    It was a good book for quite a while. Then, about 3/4 of the way into it, I was seeing the same thing over and over and over again. I got tired of it.
  • (4/5)
    I've probably said this before, but Vince Flynn was one of the few male thriller writers out there whose lead character is written both well and realistically, with little of none of the bulletproof or superhuman or Bond-ish stuff that seems to be far too common from the guys writing in the genre. Flynn is much like Daniel Silva in that regard, although Rapp *is* a bit more likely than Silva's Allon to have the occasional red "S" on his chest. Still, Rapp is a great character, and in this one we get some filler for his backstory. Fans of the series have known all along that Rapp lost the love of his life when a certain Pan Am airliner went down in Scotland, but here we learn more about his recruitment and early days in the C.I.A., along with how some people were a bit too quick to write off the college boy as being too wimpy and inadequate for the role that he was being offered. Instead, those folks learn what we readers have known all along: that Mitch Rapp is one focused and committed and motivated and deadly individual, and a good guy to have on your side when things go pear-shaped.
  • (4/5)
    Good characters ; though some predictability; better than the 1st Bourn book for sure.
  • (2/5)
    *sigh* Another fail in my quest to find fiction about spies/secret agents/assassins that isn't full of macho explosions and stereotypical antagonists. Seriously, are male and female brains wired so differently? There isn't an ounce of personality in this book, just guns, fights, torture and testosterone. Mitch Rapp is supposed to be driven by the death of his girlfriend in the Lockerbie bombing, but really he's just a James Bond jock who quickly forgets his all-consuming grief when a hot blonde offers him a quickie. The Russian and Arab caricatures are painful to read, and then when the author introduced a character named Max Powers, I gave up and started skimming. Come on, Vince Flynn and co - secret agents are people too!
  • (1/5)
    Cotton candy for the action-addicted reader: a one-dimensional recently-graduated college student is trained to kill for the United States government, then blows away a bunch of one-dimensional enemies in the Middle East.

  • (3/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book. Having read all of the previous Mitch Rapp books, it was fun to read how he got sarted in the spy business. It was a page-turner and I found my self getting involved in the plight of the minor charaters. Would they all get rescued? If you haven't read any of the Rapp books, it might help to read this one first.
  • (5/5)
    this is the newest vince flynn "mitch rapp" series. it is a prequel as to how it all got started. i found it fascinating. one advantage of doing the begining now is you can lay the ground work ot explain current characterizations. i don't know if it's really a 5 star book or not. it is highly possible it was to me and would be to others engrossed in the series but not to everyone. either way, even if my view is somewhat tainted i have to say it was an excellent book. it brought to life and really made the series complete even down to the begining of irene kenedy and it is interesting to see that she always wasn't so completely cool and unreactive but had to learn and grow into it. showing stansfield really had groomed her from the begining. i couldn't put it down and was completely enthralled. thank you. sometimes they try to fit to much in or to little in a prequel. this was pretty much the right amound.
  • (5/5)
    This is the book all Mitch Rapp fans have been looking for! We finally learn how he gets involved with the govenment to become one of their best operatives. His recruitment by Irene Kennedy, training by Stan Hurley, and mentoring by Stansfield and Lewis!Whoever reads this will quickly go get the other 10 books or so in the Mitch Rapp series.... or else!
  • (4/5)
    Good background book on Mitch Rapp. A different style than the rest of the series, but I found it very enjoyable. You could see the developing maturity of the character over the passage of time.
  • (5/5)
    This book was given to me as a free offer and it's far removed from the type of thing I would usually pick up. Imagine then my surprise when I found myself enjoying it! Not just enjoying it but finding it one of the better reads I've had in the last 12 months. It's not cerebral nor clever, but it's a riveting read. It's basic stuff butma nice interlude before you embark upon your next War and Peace or Homer.
  • (5/5)
    First book I have read by Vince Flynn -- and the first in the Mitch Rapp series. Found the book well-written and fast-paced... the story of a man with natural abilities who is trained to become a major counter-terrorism weapon/assassin. A bunch of typos in this edition, but that has nothing to do with the author. Will definitely read the next in the series.
  • (4/5)
    Good book, but that's it. I guess my expectations were too high for this book, but I thought there would be more Mitch Rapp development and a little less time on the characters involved in the financing of the Pan Am airliner bombing. I need to work on tempering my expectations in the future. Supposedly, Mitch Rapp was motivated by the fact his girlfriend and future wife was killed in the Pan Am bombing. This book included to some degree his desire to revenge her death by getting involved with the CIA and killing terrorists abroad, but not quite enough for me. Still a good read, but near the bottom of the Vince Flynn novels.
  • (5/5)
    Vince Flynn is one of my favorite authors and Mitch Rapp is one of my favorite characters. This book, while the 11th in the series, traces the beginning of how Mitch Rapp became who is he. While I really do not like reading books out of order this one worked for me. If you are a Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp lover you will not be disappointed. If you have never read Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp I think this would be a great first book, then go on and read the rest in order.
  • (4/5)
    The training of a one man killing machine: quick summary of this book which is fast-paced, well-written and expected. Still I enjoyed it quite a bit and plan to sample more of Mr. Flynn's efforts.
  • (4/5)
    Better than Flynn's last effort. I liked the chance to Mitch Rapp in the beginning of his career, though frankly I wish that Flynn had started the book with Kennedy's approach to Rapp rather than with Rapp already committed to becoming an operative. I also found the entire Russian-Syrian-Palestinian-Hezbollah plot both tedious and, at times, overly confusing. Too much time was spent with those characters at the expense of time spent with Rapp and the other good guys.
  • (4/5)
    I got 5 books from the library and was trying to figure out which one to read when I saw the picture of Vince Flynn on the back and said - ha! Good looking man deserves the first read. I know, I know. Not a good reason by which to choose a book but I'd already made that decision to choose this book because I know Vince Flynn is a good, reliable writer. I wasn't disappointed. The fact that each chapter was about something different has a tendency to irritate me, but I muddled through and was delighted with the read. One thing that did irritate me, though, were the mistakes made in the printing. What happened to proof reading? A couple of mistakes are unusual, but this book had a LOT. I know Mitch Rapp fans will enjoy this book, as I did.
  • (4/5)
    This book goes all the way back to Rapp's beginning. In that sense, it was really interesting... but I found the whole of the book to be much slower moving than a normal Mitch Rapp novel. The end felt rushed and less satisfying than normal. An average Vince Flynn novel is still better than most... but it wasn't one of my favorites from him.
  • (4/5)
    Fast paced novel set in the US and middleEast. Mitch Rap joins an elite fighting group and has his first few 'kill' assignments as part of this group.
  • (4/5)
    A look back at how Mitch Rapp became the person he is. Gives a good insight into the start of his career.
  • (4/5)
    Macho tale of Testosterone gone wild. A bit hard to believe, but if you go along with it, you will enjoy an entertaining ride of tough guys out-toughing each other under severe circumstances. I liked it.
  • (5/5)
    Enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to reading another in the series.
  • (4/5)
    This was a book that I enjoyed reading from start to finish. This is one of my favorite authors. The action in this book was believable and I did like learning how one of my favorite characters, Mitch Rapp, came to be doing what he does. The balance between tension and relaxation was done well in this book.
  • (4/5)
    I'm a sucker for backstories, and this one does not disappoint. Seeing other characters from later books as younger and more active is great too. Could have done without the prolonged torture scenes, though- definitely not for the faint of heart!
  • (5/5)
    Revenge simmers in the heart and soul of a young man who has lost the love of his life at the hands of terrorists. His only goal is to see them die. That works out perfectly when he is recruited by a covert group under the CIA to take out terrorists one by one, even those that help the terrorists. What he finds in the covert operation is an older version of himself who is not keen on having him on board. What will the new recruit do to show them that he has what it takes and then some? Rebellion and blood.This is a generally fast paced story. Most of it is not cloak and dagger, but it goes through this recruitment and training as well as the plans of his first assignment. Nothing slows down too much. Even with the backstories being revealed, you'll want to keep reading and not put it down.The storyline is great. It kept me hooked. I read a lot of espionage type of books and usually enjoy them all. Sometimes you find one that seems to be too much like the others. This book is not one of those. I could easily compare it to many of my favorite espionage authors, but it is still unique enough to stand on its own.The characters are wonderfully developed. I found myself falling in love with Mitch, the main character, but also enjoying the others he came in contact with. They were realistic enough to be drawn to yet were unique enough to be fictional. I think Hurley was my favorite despite his bad attitude and arrogance toward Mitch. As the real Hurley came out, you found a man that was much more than you had originally seen.There is a lot of violence in this book. Executions occur. Torture is described in such detail that I actually had to skip a couple of paragraphs because I was about to scream out in my pain myself. Sorry, but having my nails pulled out doesn't feel good to me.I only mention editing issues when I'm reading a published version of a book. I was rather shocked at the amount of editing issues I found in this hardcover book. Periodically, words would be missing from a sentence which would require me to read it several times to figure out what was meant to have been said. The worst was when I found the wrong names used. One man is being held prisoner and tortured, but he was suddenly speaking in another scene across town. That was rather disappointing.If you like spies, cloak and dagger, and secrets, you'll love this book. Yes, there is language. There are no explicit scenes. There is violence. Oh, and you'll find a great read. If you like this genre, go for it. You won't regret it. Despite the editing issues, I loved this so much that I have the rest of the author's books on my wish list.Note: I received this book from a colleague with no expectation of a positive review.