As an avid reader of popular author mystery books, it was exhilarating to receive American Assassin from my family this Christmas. Not being on the Simon and Schuster review list, I rarely read their output. This author, Vince Flynn, has written a popular series of books about Mitch Rapp. This book reverses the time factor and brings the reader back to the fledgling days and the start of protagonist Mitch Rapp as an assassin.
Flynn's technique in this novel is to tease the reader in the preface and then taking most of the tale to catch up to the information in the preface and then on to the conclusion. He covers areas in the United States, Russia, Switzerland, Germany and the Far East. The depth of his knowledge of spydom and these countries makes the reader a part of the plot. It was a bit of a shock to see that the spellchecker had passed up on certain misspellings; I caught three! One of them was accepting 'head' for the intended 'heed'.
The feats of Mitch Rapp have always been of interest and this view into his past is informative.
American Assassin by Vince Flynn, author of eleven other books, was published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, copyrighted in 2010 by Vince Flynn.