Vince Flynn proves that creativity trumps cancer in his latest novel Kill Shot, his thirteenth to date and the twelfth to feature CIA extraordinaire Mitch Rapp. It is chronologically the second book in the Mitch Rapp series, which began with American Assassin. This makes Transfer of Power, published in 1999, the third novel in the Rapp universe although it was the first to feature him.
Kill Shot takes place in Paris, following the events of American Assassin. Mitch Rapp, having joined the CIA a year before when his high-school sweetheart Mary Eliot and 34 other Syracuse University students perished in the bombing of Pam Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie. Rapp rose rapidly through the CIA ranks, much to the disgust and jealousy of fellow agent Chet Bramble aka Victor, who would ultimately sell him out. Rapp's mission until now has been to hunt down and assassinate those responsible for the Lockerbie Bombing.
His list includes Islamic radicals as well as those responsible for financing terrorism. The latest target is Libya's oil minister Tarek Al-Magariha. Unbeknownst to him, Al-Magariha has been used as a bait by an Islamic terror cell with links to the DGSE, France's secret service. When Rapp ambushes Al-Magariha, he is in turn attacked by gunmen and forced to go on the run. Meanwhile his superiors in Washington decide that he has become a liability when the French police become involved. Rapp has to work out who to trust while trying to figure out who set him up, making some startling discoveries along the way.
New suspense drama: Kill Shot, Vince Flynn's latest book in the Mitch Rapp universe. Set in Paris, it takes off where American Assassin left off.
Flynn's suspense builds up from cover to cover, with surprises on every corner. This makes him almost on par with Stieg Larsson in their respective leagues, Like Larsson, Flynn is not adverse in portraying the intelligence service of his country as one populated by corrupt souls. In fact, Flynn takes aim at both the CIA and DGSE for screwing their respective nations.
Mitch Rapp fans have to love this one. The action is literally explosive and would certainly whet the appetites for those into blood and gore. A great companion for sleepless nights.