American Assassin is the first of thirteen novels that tell the story of Mitch Rapp. Vince Flynn, the author of the series, has done an amazing job with writing each novel to engage the audience. Readers are always left wanting more. So in order to exceed their expectations, the author is challenged with the task of one-upping his previous novel. And when it comes to energizing his fans with a nice blend of excitement and suspense, Vince is one of the great authors who manages to continually do it. The plot is brilliant which means in order for the author to maintain it, he needs to constantly find a way to raise the bar. Fans demand a lot from this series and Vince Flynn always finds a way to over deliver. In the first novel in the series, Rapp is the main character. This is a man with many skills and talents.
Before he became one of the best agents the CIA had ever seen, he was considered the arch-nemesis and kryptonite of every terrorist organization on the planet.He was also despised and hated by the political world that lived and breathed on Capital Hill. On top of all that, he was one of the best college athletes in existence. Mitch lived a carefree lifestyle and he wasn’t the least bit phased by the problems or uncertainties that plagued the world. This is a guy who wanted to live life to the fullest and to not leave the world with any regrets. What a great dream and vision for any man to have. It was short-lived however and when tragedy finally hit close to home, he was forced to think in a different way. The carefree lifestyle was gone for good. It was now time for him to make some very tough decisions.
The upcoming movie is going to tell the story in a new and exciting way. Fans will finally get to see his amazing life on the big screen and it would be an understatement to say that the producers and directors have their work cut out for them. He is one of those special men who was seemingly put on this earth to get justice for those who were suffering. In the first novel, the CIA was struggling to remain strong due to the partisan politics that were putting a choke-hold on their operations. And while much of what this agency does is classified, as is the case with all the alphabet agencies, it’s for the greater good of humanity. Politicians however were unable to grasp the importance of this critical agency. As a direct result, the United States was becoming more and more vulnerable.
Terrorists around the world were recognizing our weaknesses. And with the rise of Islamic terrorism across the world, it was only a matter of time before it reached the shores of America. The terrorists have an innate ability to recognize our weaknesses and to use them for gaining strongholds. Patriots such as Rapp are therefore needed to meet the threat abroad before it ever reaches our precious shores. The politicians in Washington were unable to see the threat that was looming on the other side of the ocean. Dr. Irene Kennedy was also aware of this growing threat from the Islamic world. So while the politicians on Capital Hill were not interested in authorizing the military to get involved, Irene decided to form and head up an elite group of top secret operatives.
In the upcoming film, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. In the novel however, the purpose of this clandestine group is to stop the rise of Islamic terrorism. Even more than that, they want to prevent it from reaching the coastline of America. But as you can imagine, this is the type of mission that requires a certain type of individual. Dedicated men who are willing to kill for the greater good of their country, even out of uniform, are needed in this elite group. Irene Kennedy realized that and saw Mitch as being a perfect match for the mission. She found him after the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing which claimed 270 innocent lives. It will also be interesting to see how this part of the plot plays out in the cinema.
The film will need to illustrate the mental and emotional state he was in at that time. While the novel makes it clear that he was trying to find some comfort, he was not the least bit concerned with being comforted. The movie will need to show him as a man that is determined to get justice. He wants to punish those responsible and to bring them to justice. And after six months of intense physical training, he was finally ready to bring war to the terrorists. He was relentless in his pursuit of destroying evil. In the novel, he successfully managed to assassinate the Turkish arms dealer who was responsible for providing the terrorists with the explosives they needed to take down the Pan Am flight. The upcoming mega movie will need an action packed scene to bring this part of the plot to life.
As Mitch continued moving across Europe, the only thing left in his wake was a trail of dead bodies. But as he continues towards Beirut, little does he know that the enemy is one step ahead of him. Even though they are down for the count, they have a trapped planned for him. In order to survive, he will need to use his impressive skills and expertise to win the war. American Assassin is a novel that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat. The plot is overloaded with action and it moves at a fast clip. By the time you get to the last page, you will also come to the realization that the plot isn’t far fetched. It will be interesting to see how the film portrays this true American Hero.