The Last Man Vince Flynn 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 Another outstanding book in the Mitch Rapp series. An agent, Joe Rickman, is kidnapped in Afghanistan leaving behind 4 dead bodyguards in a safehouse that was supposed to be impregnable, not a normal agent, but one who knows most of the CIA's secrets. The question is, can they get him back before he breaks and spills those secrets to the kidnappers? There are many questions, most significantly, who has Rickman and how did they defeat the state of the art security system intended to protect him? Anyone familiar with the series knows that there is only one asset that can be brought to bear with any chance of solving the mystery behind the kidnapping, Mitch Rapp. There are many twists in the story and it soon becomes clear that there are other players in the game and it is not certain which side many of them are on...maybe even both sides. At some point, a video appears on a terrorist website...a video of Rickman being tortured. Game over? Not with Rapp still standing. Well worth the read...if you have not gotten to know Rapp, this is as good a place to start as any...then go back and read the rest.
How do you side with the good guys over the bad guys when you can’t tell who the good guys are? And what if the lines between good and bad keep blurring, so that the bad guys sit on the sidelines and watch the good guys destroy each other? In Vince Flynn’s upcoming installment in his bestselling Mitch Rapp series, The Last Man (Atria) pits all of Washington against itself, set against the backdrop of the Middle East. The FBI fights the CIA who fights the
repatriation of Afghani warlords who have supposedly seen the light of democracy. Through it all, super spies play at a game where human casualties are just a natural part of business. Interestingly, much like for the key players in the book, the readersâ€™ loyalties might shift in nearly every chapter. When Rapp is injured and his memory--and loyalties--called into question, readers may not be convinced that this is the hero of the tale; the rug is further pulled out from under the reader when another character dies and conveniently reappears, or yet another would-be hero holds a gun to an insurgentâ€™s forehead. Secret meetings are held in blackened SUVs, threats are made in high-ranking offices. The only sure thing in the story is that no one is to be trusted. This book will play out well for people who are just politically savvy enough to believe that our government may very well be doing things right at this moment that we believe only other governments are capable of. The cast of characters can be a little daunting at times as the reader tries to keep up with the names and their various loyalties, but that can also make the story line all the more intriguing in the world of who do you trust.
Mitch Rapp, the hero in author Vince Flynn's series, is to me the quintessential CIA agent. He's got a past that includes the murder of his wife and unborn child, an unbelievable memory and the willingness to kill anyone who's threatening the well-being of the United States. All that is put to the test in this 13th installment, as a safe house has been breached, several inhabitants are killed and a very experienced agent who knows secrets that can bring down CIA operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan apparently has been kidnapped. What seems to be a straightforward mess (but a mess all the same) turns sour when the various factions - CIA, FBI and Homeland Security - get involved and questions surface as to who's got whose best interests at heart. As this scenario plays out, the assassin who murdered Rapp's wife has been hired once again, this time to get the person he'd intended to kill back then - Rapp. As if this weren't enough, it appears there's a concerted effort to discredit Rapp, his fellow CIA agents and the entire clandestine unit. But who's behind all this? It's up to Rapp and his close buddies (and extremely capable female boss) to find out what's going on and stop to the bad guys - hopefully before even more CIA bodies bite the dust. The book is filled with page-turning action, and Flynn is a master at making it all seem believable. If you're familiar with the series, I think you'll enjoy this one. If you're not, what are you waiting for?
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