BOOK REVIEW OF THE WEEK: American Assassin by Vince Flynn

OK, I’m a late-commer to Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series but I am really enjoying it.  Mitch Rapp is a smart, deadly, heroic guy that has been trained to fight terrorist all over the world.  The prequel to the series is American Assassin describes how Mitch, a world class college athlete seeks retribution for the death of his girlfriend on the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.  After six months of training, he’s set loose on the terrorist world breaking rules and getting results until his team is kidnapped and held ransom.  Heart pounding suspense, bone chilling terrorist and a collection of custom designed support characters make American Assassin a novel you’ll want to read.

But I have to tell you that reading the next book in the series, Transfer of Power, was more than just an intense and enjoyable experience.  It jogged my perceptions about what a pre-September 11th world was like.  Flynn published the book in 1999 and yet the list of historically accurate terrorist threats and attacks dramatically reminded me of what a frightening place the 1990’s were to our country.   In a post-9/11 world, I do not want to ever forget those years of not responding to terrorist with strength until their threat ended up on our shores.   There are lessons here to be learned.   As with all terrorist related books, there’s violence but Flynn handles it realistically without being gruesome.    I think this book will be high on my gift giving list for those hard to buy for men this Christmas.

Listen to Vince Flynn talk about American Assassin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMEtUEXpV-8

Click here to read more http://www.vinceflynn.com/American_Assassin_Summary.htm

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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