Tuesday, November 13, 2012

'The Last Man' by Vince Flynn



Albert Einstein said the definition of 'insanity' is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results".  You'd think that with the body count and stealth reputation Mitch has garnered his years of service that people would learn.  They don't.  Idiots.  In 'TheLast Man' there is some pretty rampant corruption going on in Afghanistan (big surprise there) and one of our most important intelligence brains has been kidnapped. This man holds more secrets than Bill Clinton's belly button and he must be found at ALL costs.

Enter Mitch stage left.

Unfortunately even Mitch isn't above becoming a target and thus enters the first of three huge surprises.  And I'm not being my usual superfluous soul either. You will be floored when you find out who is sent to assassinate Mitch and the second huge shocker comes very soon after that.  I've been a fan of Flynn's since I cracked open one of his books years back, and one of the many things I've enjoyed is how he writes his books right "to the edge".  But even I was surprised at how far he went with #3.  

OK enough with the "you won't believe this" moments of this book, on with the story.  As I've stated earlier the peaceful and serene country of Afghanistan is being run by some corrupt individuals.  I know, I know, hard to believe.  But the guys who think they are in charge have no idea they are being played by someone much larger.
And smarter.  Mitch is sent over to sort through the bull and comes face to face with some politically correct paper pushers.  While reading about Mitch blowing apart the head of some terrorist is a thrill, hearing him decimate someone at a conference room table is a very close second.  He lays the pimp hand down and it's stirring each and every time.

In this story we hear a bit more of the infighting between the leaders of Afghanistan and how politics is pretty much the same worldwide. It's a bit more bloody over there though as the opposing party tends to use bullets instead of ballots. Hanging people instead of hanging chads. "Red" and "blue" over there means something totally different. Vince throws in a story within a story and we get a great view of just how murderous and deadly it is over there. On that note let me mention that there are a few scenes of torture that are pretty raw. They're so raw in fact that even when they're only alluded to, it's tough because your brain is going to make you remember.  

'The Last Man' is everything you would expect from Mitch. Our chiseled warrior is getting a bit older but the only proof you have of that is his driver’s license. His enemies, foreign and domestic, would do well to remember that.  They won't. But even a 75% Mitch is better than most of us at 99.9%.  Let me go back and quickly touch on something I just said: "his enemies, foreign and domestic."  I make no apologies that I really do hope and wish that we have someone like Mitch Rapp alive and well working for us. The events in these books are based on reality and I feel so much better (even if it is an illusion) that there is someone out there willing to kill anyone who is a threat to us. ANY. ONE. Foreign or domestic. Terror is terror. Evil is evil. War is hell, but it's nice to know that someone is willing to stand toe to toe with the devil and say " not on my watch, not. on. my. watch". 

Major props to Mr. Flynn for doing what he does best while dealing with serious medical problems.  Major props to Mitch for letting this reader escape, yet again, into a world where the good guys win.  At least for a little while.  Maybe. 

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