Book Review: Kill Shot

Amazon Synopsis: “Vince Flynn’s intensely suspenseful #1 New York Times bestseller puts the young, hungry, and lethal superagent of American Assassin in the crosshairs even as he kills with impunity.

In the year since the CIA trained and then unleashed him, Mitch Rapp has dismantled, kill by untraceable kill, the network of monsters behind the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. The hunt leads to Paris, where a deadly trap is sprung as the bullet leaves Rapp’s silenced pistol—followed by the discovery of nine bodies, including Libya’s oil minister, in one of the city’s finest hotels. Washington wants no part of the international crisis, and Rapp is deemed a liability by Stan Hurley, one of his handlers. But as he slips outside their control to operate on his own, it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.”

Length and medium: 385 pages, hard copy

Published by and date: Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books (February 2012)

Destiny’s Thoughts

I found this book in a bookstore on a day trip to San Luis Obispo. I wish I could remember the name but really I was just wandering around the downtown area and came upon it while looking for my parking lot.

I bought the book for $1. I’ve been trying to broaden my reading horizons to include more than just romance novels. This book didn’t disappoint.

Because I found it randomly, I didn’t realize it was the second book in a series until I was basically done with it. Luckily, I’m led to believe this book is a prequel to the first book so really I just read this book like I watched the Star War films, in order of timeline instead of release date.

This book is completely action-packed. And when the scenes are missing action, they’re sharing vital information to uncovering who shot Mitch and why. But don’t  worry because there’s a little bit of romance too.

From the prelude, I figured Mitch would end up in a situation that made him question the trust he had in his superiors. What I really liked was how controlled and calculated he remained while obviously infuriated things didn’t go according to plan and he almost lost his life because of it. He takes the time to evaluate what went wrong and who he could possibly trust.

While Mitch is hiding out and reassessing, French police, the CIA, and the French CIA are playing their roles in figuring out what went wrong. The French police obviously just want to solve the case, with nine bodies found and one of them a Libyan oil minister. The CIA wants to make sure none of this can be traced to them and if Mitch is responsible for such a high body count, well they need to prepare to take him out if necessary. Then the French CIA, or France’s General Directorate for External Security, looks questionable as they take particular interest in a case within France’s borders which isn’t their jurisdiction.

I’d like to add my appreciation for the female characters in this book. Commandant Francine Neville is a spectacular detective and doesn’t let an old fling steer her away from the facts.

Then there’s CIA handler Irene Kennedy who, at first glance, seems to have her job because her dad was old war buddies with two of the most influential men in the CIA. Maybe some nepotism got her foot in the door but she is clearly holding her own and standing by her judgement calls, especially when it comes to Mitch Rapp.

And lastly, there’s Mitch’s love interest, Greta. Now I’m always skeptical of love interests in action plots. Usually I’m the kind of person that is begging for the girl to be left behind or killed for her stupidity. But Greta played her part well. Of course she is concerned for his safety but she also understands it’s his job and listens to him, even if it’s begrudgingly. Not to mention, she can handle a gun which makes her not as useless as some of the love interests I’ve seen in action movies.

The whole story felt authentic and well thought out. No one acted out of character to further the plot and all threats were credible.

If you’d like to check out this book, click here.

Vince Flynn has created 16 Mitch Rapp novels! The excitement doesn’t end with this one. Honestly this book was so intense and exciting I would definitely give all 16 a try. Probably after I finish the Outlander series.

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