Tuesday, October 12, 2010

'American Assassin' by Vince Flynn

Ever wondered what it would be like to witness the beginnings of an F-5 tornado? Or a category 5 hurricane? Ever wondered how a Megalodon looks at birth? Beautiful destruction. A controlled chaotic force of nature. Mitch Rapp. What could have been the catalyst that helped create one of America’s deadliest assassins? After eleven years and equal as many books, Vince gives us one hell of a definitive look into Mitch’s past. And it’s so good it’s like watching… (insert the favorite thing you would like to see) here. Throughout his previous books we get bits and pieces of how Mitch was “created”, but not in one ecstasy induced adrenalin shot like this. Early on Rapp has to put up with verses. Rapp vs. Victor. Rapp vs. Hurley. Rapp vs. Lewis. And finally Rapp vs. the world.

Before you start reading one of the best books of 2010, Vince writes that he’s been waiting to tell this story for fifteen years. And it shows; on every damn page. Vince had fun with this one y’all. From Kennedy’s so called clandestine operation to scope out Mitch, to Mitch’s first run in with Hurley, to watching Mitch go through the toughest training this side of Parris Island. In the summer. Wearing wool. With Satan. With an abscessed tooth. With nothing to eat but jawbreakers. However, what makes Mitch so special is that he is that extremely special freak of nature who is equipped to go toe-to-toe with Satan in the heat and humidity of the deep South.

Most of us have skills suited to our job. People that love math steer toward accounting. People that love writing become authors. People that love figuring things out become engineers. People that love dishing pain become dentists. But in all these professions you don’t need to have “over the top” talent. You don’t need to be a prodigy. Study hard, practice, take out enough student loans to choke King Kong, graduate, interview, and get a job is the normal path. Not with Mitch. These cowardly terrorist were created and in order to balance yin and yang, the universe created Mitch. He is the Assassin prodigy, and he’s on our side.

Giotto drew the perfect circle. In 1991 the Andrea Gail was caught in the perfect storm. Zoe Saldana has the perfect body. Hillary Clinton is the perfect bitch. Popcorn is the perfect snack. Rootbeer is the perfect drink. Mitch Rapp is the perfect weapon to decimate the chickenhearted harbingers of “peace”. Vince is the perfect author to bring about such a character. When I recommend this book I’m not sure where to tell people to start reading. In series order or publication order? It’s actually really nice to see how Mitch started but I also got a kick out of hearing about Hurley. His parents must have given that name because it rhymes with ‘surly’. As you read, certain things start to fall in place from his previous novels and the storyline. So I guess it will be just preference as to where people will start. I, for one, am glad that I previously read Vince’s other books because it was nice to have that foreground to understand the background.

Mitch is one bad (shut-yo-mouth), I’m just talking ‘bout Rapp. Ya’ damn right! ‘American Assassin’ keeps with the thriller as only Mr. Flynn can create and like I said earlier, this will easily fit in your “best books of 2010”.



  1. Hubby made me go buy him this book the day it came out. :) He's a huge fan of Vince Flynn. I hope he's as happy with it when he's done as you were!