UPDATE: Vince Flynn passed away on the day that I published this book review. I will leave the post as written but here is the Star Tribune’s coverage of Flynn as a writer and his life for those who want to know more.
Vince Flynn is an author that I know only because of my grandpa. He reads voraciously and loves political intrigue, triller novels. Part of the reason he especially enjoys Vince Flynn novels is because Flynn is a Minnesota writer who built his famous career by working hard to be known in the state first. Flynn had an interview after the publication of this book in which he talks about the character Mitch Rapp, his fame, and his choices in the novel that is worth taking a look at to learn more about him.
So being Christmas present from grandpa on my bookshelf, I figured it was time to see what all the fuss was about. The last man by Vince Flynn starts off with Mitch Rapp flying to Afghanistan to “clean up” a mess as an off-the-books CIA operative to find a kidnapped and highly important CIA agent. Rapp shoots first, and never asks questions. However, there’s not much to go by, things look fishy like possibly an inside job, and the damn dog story doesn’t add up. Trying to track down some sort of lead, Rapp and his team visit the vet where the dog was put down but a bloody shoot out ensues with local Afghani police who are supposed to be working with Americans and in the fire, Rapp is knocked out. He tries to recover all of his memory while still finding out what happened to the kidnapped Rickman. Things go from bad to worse in a wild goose chase, only to be betrayed at the end of it all by someone Rapp trusted.
The novel lives up to its thriller claims and roped me into the story. While I’m not usually a reader of this kind of book, the intrigue hooked me. In a way, hear me out, the writing style reminds me of Dan Brown. Both Flynn and Brown write to create drama, action, mystery, and thrills. Page-turner is an overused term but sometimes it is apt especially for this. By the way, my grandpa loves Dan Brown, too! The writing itself is very approachable and easy to read, making it a quick book to get through when your caught up in it.
The plot lines and characters remind me of the TV show Homeland with Clare Danes. Since I really enjoyed that, it made it easier to pick up and keep reading this thriller that is also about the CIA, breaking rules and protocols, thwarting terrorist plots and kicking bad guys’ butts.
While I probably won’t read another by him, I’m glad to have read Vince Flynn and understand what he writes about. It’s a fun novel for a quick action-packed read that plays out like a movie script almost as you read. Plus now I can talk to grandpa about it!
Recommended?: Not for everyone. Are you looking for something new? Do you like Vince Flynn or the Mitch Rapp series? Love CIA thrillers? Then grab a copy right away! Highly recommended for male readers, or anyone who likes “beat ’em up” catch the bad guys action novels. Truly adult books for mature readers, as there are some passages are descriptive about killing, deaths and torture. To quote Die hard, which seems appropriate, “Yippee ki-yay, motherf*****!” Pardon the asterisks. Mitch Rapp made me post the quote. I didn’t want to.