Read: American Assassin

So I saw the trailer for the film adaptation and thought I would read the book. Vince Flynn. I think he’s done about ten thousand books. All best sellers. That might be a slight exaggeration, but I know he’s got a slew of books under his belt. Here’s the thing. I’m a sucker for anything espionage, War on Terror, Cold War, spy-s%$#, etc. But here’s the other thing. I rarely read books like this. Never read a Clancy, or Ludlum, or Thor or any of the other heavies. Or a Vince Flynn for that matter.

But I just came off two heavy nonfiction books. Both SO dense and so alarming I needed something to bring me out. This did the trick. I love the idea behind this book, and a series it does make. I think there might be a dozen or so books in the “Mitch Rapp” series, who is the main character in American Assassin. Good guys, bad guys, guns and my favorite descriptive term of all time, “pink mist.” It’s all there. Get it, read it.

Oh, I need suggestions for similar works. What’s your fav book/author of this genre?

8 Comments on “Read: American Assassin”

  1. The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn is my favorite. Second is Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. John Corey series by Nelson DeMille is also great.

  2. Is there a “Like” function for your posts so I can do that when don’t want/need to comment but want to show support?

  3. Two suggestions for you. One, an author with two great fiction books in this genre, and he also happens to be a personal friend, Ret. Colonel John Fenzel, special forces. I recommend both his books to you if you like this genre (http://www.thesterlingforest.com). Second, a book Col. Fenzel actually recommended to me, which is, again, same genre, but this time non-fiction, The Man Who Tried to Save the World by Scott Anderson.

    Happy Reading!

  4. Hi Daniel,

    I’ve also been a huge fan of the Vince Flynn, Mitch Rapp novels. Here are some suggestions if your interested. Both non-fiction and fiction. Should keep you busy.

    Non-Fiction:
    Kai Bird – The Good Spy
    Jack Devine – Good Hunting
    Mark Mazzetti – The Way of The Knife
    Jeremy Scahill – The Assassination Complex
    Jeremy Scahill – Blackwater
    Jeremy Scahill – Dirty Wars

    Fiction:
    John Le Carre – The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
    John Le Carre – A Legacy of Spies
    Frederick Forsyth – The Day of The Jackal

    1. Hey Dominic,
      Thank you for the list. I’ve read Dirty Wars, and seen the doc. And I think I’ve done the last three over the years. The others I’ll add.

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