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Kill Shot

An American Assassin Thriller
Written by: Vince Flynn
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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#1 New York Times best-selling author Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.

Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.

The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice - deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.

©2012 Vince Flynn (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Great Series to start

The story seemed to go by too fast, but still awesome. It a great series

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  • OldRetiredGuy
  • 2012-02-10

Early days of Mitch Rapp better than a new series

Seems like a long wait since American Assassin, but worth it. This installment continues to give us the background story of Mitch Rapp's early days with Stansfield, Kennedy, Hurly, and in this novel much more on the character of Victor who first appeared in American Assassin. The story works as a stand alone, but when taken within the context of the entire Mitch Rapp series, provides more detail on the characters we have grown accustomed to. Mr. Flynn maintains his great story telling and is complimented by the competent narration of George Guidall. Recommended both for new readers and devoted followers of Vince Flynn's work.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Drew (@drewsant)
  • Watertown, MA, United States
  • 2014-04-01

Interesting but not very thrilling

“Kill Shot” is the second in the Mitch Rapp CIA/Spy thriller series. The book is well written and has a good plot but fails to really deliver the action and adventure of the first book. There are a few good action scenes but they’re too few and far between. As the plot developed the author does a good job of filling in background and immersing the reader into the brutal world he creates. I really enjoyed this and it made the book interesting but it’s not a thriller. Also the plot is pretty straight forward except for a bit of a twist at the end. There was very little to keep me guessing. I found the book interesting and fun but it wasn’t the pull me along rollercoaster ride I was hoping for.

George Guidall does a good job a narrating this story and bringing the characters to life.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Al
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 2012-02-18

Enjoyable for Regulars

The plot is fairly predictable, but the execution of the narrative is the reason you read/listen to a Vince Flynn book. George Guidall is excellent as the narrator and makes listening to the story a fun experience. People who like Flynn will love this and people who haven't tried Flynn might be a little confused by the characters. The cast is pretty much the same as other "Assassin" books and Flynn doesn't bore his regular readers by reconstructing his characters, but newbies might not understand or appreciate some of the conflict between characters. So it is a good book but not one that new Flynn readers should start with.

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  • Carolyn
  • Oshkosh, WI, United States
  • 2012-02-18

Listened all in one Day

I thought with this book being another "younger days" prequel so to speak it might not be all that good but I was wrong. It is a continuation of American Assassin and so "all" the characters from the first ten books are of course younger which gives room for more overall personality expansion.
It has to be difficult to write these kinds of books since technology expanded so quickly in the last twenty years it is hard to remember what was available when even though there are no dates given.
If I were reading this series for the first time I would start with the last two books and there will probably be at least a third considering the way this one ended.
Of course this is all pure fantasy like comic book hero's, in the real world I doubt we have such a man nor would I actually want one. Lyn

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  • J. Carver
  • KY
  • 2013-11-29

I am now a Flynn FAN

What did you love best about Kill Shot?

The detail and development of the characters of Mitch and the others. It was slow and deliberate but never lost me for a second.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely. It was riveting and I could feel the future assignment coming.

Which scene was your favorite?

The inevitable showdown between Rapp and his trainers who thought he had went rogue. I felt the betrayal and cunning and imminent revenge Rapp felt as it approached. The scene when Rapp gets to exact his revenge in the last scene was incredible.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The capture of Stan was PRICELESS! His interaction with his captors was hilarious. I laughed out loud almost the whole time.

Any additional comments?

I have only listened to the first 2 so far but I am disappointed Stan did not return and there was a 10 year gap and his absence.

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  • Brandon
  • 2012-02-16

Vince Flynn is Back!

Would you listen to Kill Shot again? Why?

Yes, I usually wait a year or two to re-listen to a book, but it is rare that I listen to the same story twice. This one goes on the list though.

Any additional comments?

Vince Flynn is my favorite author. I was sad to see the medical news, and was a little worried about the quality of this book. It was great! This one has vaulted to the 2nd or 3rd on my best of this series (Consent to Kill will be hard to ever knock off #1).

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Terry
  • 2012-02-21

Great (read) listen!

Kept my attention in MOST every page! Guidall's reading is unsurpassed --- he made the characters come alive!

WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!!!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Xavier
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 2012-03-10

Enjoyable as always

As always, George Guidall, is the undisputed champion of narrators in my humble opinion. The story was good but I reserve a "5" in "story" and "overall" to the international intrique characteristic of Vince Flynn's previous "Mitch Rapp" novels. Although I still enjoyed the story, I was not as thrilled as I had been in previous stories set hunting down extremist terrorist in international locations. Vince Flynn and George Guidall are my favorite team for providing me thrilling counter espionage entertainment.

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  • Shauna
  • Pasadena, CA, United States
  • 2012-07-30

More Politics than Espionage

Mitch Rapp comes close to being captured and realizes there is traitor within the hierarchy of his agency.Until Mitch can ferret out the impostor he goes rogue. The setting is Paris so both the local police force and the French National Security agency become involved.Each agency has it share of incompetent and self-serving actors. Mitch's handlers go to Paris, thus introducing a third agency into the mix. Mitch doesn't know who he can trust.

The book has some exciting action sequences. The near-capture scenario is cleverly plotted as is another part wherein Mitch and his girlfriend observe a badly played ambush. George Guidall's narration is excellent.

So why did I give the story only 3 stars? There were too many stereotypical characters and I would have preferred less focus on internal politics and more on the adventures of Mitch Rapp.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • 2012-02-26

Vince does it again!!!

What made the experience of listening to Kill Shot the most enjoyable?

Waiting to see what was going to happen next made it enjoyable, but at same time I had to keep from fast forwarding to see what was going to happen.

What did you like best about this story?

I love that Vince has taking us back in time to when Rapp was just starting his journey.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. He's one of my favorite readers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

In my opinion this was one of Vince's best books was worth the wait..I've listened to it Twice so far.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful