The Last Man Kindle Edition by Vince Flynn
Click Here to Download the Book A pulse-pounding thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn, as Mitch Rapp heads to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent. The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent. At first glance it looks as if Rickman has been kidnapped, but Rapp knows certain things about his old friend that cause him to wonder if something more disturbing isn’t afoot. Irene Kennedy, the director of the CIA, has ordered Rapp to find Rickman at all costs. Rapp must navigate the ever-shifting landscape of Afghanistan as the Taliban, Iranians, Pakistanis and Russians all plot to claim their piece of the war torn state. With Afghanistan crumbling around him, Rapp must be as ruthless as his enemies and as deceitful as people in his own government if he has any hopes of completing his mission.
Reviews The Last Man was another great thriller by Vince Flynn. So far, I have read every book written by Flynn, and I have yet to read a bad novel. They are all fast-moving, fast-paced action thrillers. In The Last Man, the CIA's top-counterespionage agent in Afghanistan has mysteriously disappeared in an apparent bloody kidnapping. Because this particular agent has intimate knowledge of among other things, the names of covert agents in Muslin countries such as Pakistan, Mitch Rapp is called in to determine what happened to the agent and track him down before he is forced to reveal the names and locations of the CIA's covert assets. As is usual with Flynn's story-lines, Rapp's efforts are hampered by power-hungry U.S. officials, corrupt foreign agents, sadistic government officials, and religious fanatics...and of course, the clock is ticking! Rapp must solve the mystery of the disappearance of the counterespionage agent before he reveals the identities of U.S agents and they are killed! Also as usual, Rapp's methods are straight forward and violent, and the body count rises with each turn of the page. The Last Man builds to a heart-pounding climax, and it includes a "twist" which I found very satisfying. I liked The Last Man, and if you are a Vince Flynn fan, you will not be disappointed. Four Stars for The Last Man!
This is an excellent addition to Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. If you are considering this book, I would humbly
suggest you read the books in the order they were published. The series starts with Mr. Rapp already a seasoned veteran of black ops, and then traces his career by moving both forward and backward. Mr. Flynn has shown himself to be adept at placing Mr. Rapp in several genres, from straight up warfighter/terrorist hunter to an almost Ludlum-esque practitioner of espionage trade craft. Flynn has shown himself to be a true plot master, seamlessly and happily throwing Rapp into different challenges. After a couple of books that leaned toward the espionage end of the spectrum, this entry in the series places Rapp back in the thick of the fight in Afghanistan in the (basically) current day. Rapp's usual posse, including CIA Director Kennedy, former SEAL Scott what's his name, and others come along for the ride. Pure escapist fun, this is a briskly paced adventure that does not disappoint.
Vince Flynn's latest addition to the Mitch Rapp story is a tale of intrigue wrapped in subterfuge. Rather than spoil things, let me just say that I enjoyed the layered approach to Flynn's plot. Unlike the typical spy/special forces thriller, the action doesn't start immediately upon opening the book. It appears there was more attention paid to plot and story arch than to just tying people up and/or shooting them in the kneecaps. I welcomed the change of pace and found myself more invested in the story and characters than I have been in some of Flynn's other novels. I still wish that Mitch weren't represented as such a machine as I don't find him as interesting as some of his "contemporaries" in the genre (John Wells and Gabriel Allon spring to mind immediately). While I realize I've written about this before, I can't say things have changed. Flynn uses other characters in this novel to bring the human element and emotion into the book, but doesn't really have Mitch open up much. Overall, I enjoy Flynn's action sequences the most. He keeps things tight and doesn't sensationalize things or make them seem totally unbelievable. (What do I know though, really?) If you're interested in this genre of book, Flynn's novels are sure to quicken the pulse and keep the pages turning.
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