Mitch Rapp – Profile

Name – Mitch Rapp

Codenames – Iron Man, Mitch Kruse

Hometown – McLean, Virginia

Education – Syracuse University- Major in International Business, Minor in French (attended with a Lacrosse scholarship)

Languages – English, French, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Spanish, Italian

Siblings – Steven Rapp

Other – Ambidextrous, but naturally left handed, Won the Iron Man Triathlon twice

History

Mitch Rapp attended Syracuse University on a Lacrosse scholarship (he was an All American) majoring in International business and minoring in French.  Originally he was offered a scholarship with the University of North Carolina, but turned this down to go with his high school sweetheart Maureen Elliot to Syracuse where she studied Broadcasting.  Rapp had known Maureen since he was 15 years old.  Maureen was killed in the bombing of Pan Am 103 on December 21st 1988 along with 34 other students returning from a semester overseas.

A year after Maureen’s death ,Dr Irene Kennedy (Deputy Director CIA, runs the counter terrorism centre) recruited Rapp to the CIA.  At the age of 21 just a week after graduating university Rapp begun his training.  Rapp was sent on specialist training for a year, being sent from place to place, training with special forces instructors a plethora of skills including firearms, marksmanship, hand to hand combat, and explosives.  Endurance was key with long runs, swims and weights.  The CIA also taught him languages, he was then taught Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Pashto.

After completing his training he became a member of the CIA’s secret Orion Team codename Iron Man.  An off books black budget team authorised by congress to take the war to the terrorists headed by Dr Irene Kennedy.  Rapp quickly became the most effective counterterrorism operative in the America’s Arsenal.  During his work in the Orion team he is often supported by all parts of the American military including Navy SEALs and DEVGRU, Delta Force, Air Force Special Operations Command, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).

His cover at the CIA is (and who he is known too by most CIA employees) Mitch Kruse, a moderately successful entrepreneur running a computer consulting company.  This cover allows him to travel fairly freely around the world under the guise of doing International Business.

The Books

Transfer of Power 2000

In Transfer of Power the Whitehouse is been taken over by Islamic terrorists.  Mitch Rapp is secretly sent into the Whitehouse to recon the situation and monitor the terrorist actions.  While inside the Whitehouse he rescues Anna Reilly (NBC’s Whitehouse correspondent) who at the end of the book he takes out to dinner.  During this book Rapp openly clashes with the politicians but is proved right in the end.

The Third Option 2001

Thomas Stansfield the Director of the CIA is dying and powerful government insiders wish to stop Dr Irene Kennedy becoming the next Head of the CIA.  To do this they attempt to kill Rapp whilst on a foreign mission in an allied country.  Rapp uses all his training to escape, go off the grid and hunt down those that attacked him!  Sometimes The Third Option must be used! In this book Rapp has fallen in love with Anna Reilly and is keen to put life at the CIA behind him and start a new life together.

Separation of Power 2002

Iraq has a nuclear weapon and Israel has given the USA just two weeks to take them out before they go to war with Iraq.  America sends in Mitch Rapp to find the weapons and plan a way to remove the threat.  In this book Rapp is more settled with Anna Reilly.  Kennedy offers Rapp the job of running the CIA’s Orion team in a bid to get him out of the field but to keep his skills within the CIA.  At the end of Separation of Power Rapp asks Anna to marry him, by the start of Executive Power they are married

Executive Power 2003

In Executive Power Mitch Rapp has had his cover blown and is now at the top of every terrorist groups hit lists.  Despite being supposed to cut down on his field role, Rapp is sent out to the Middle East where American hostages have been taken and Navy SEALs ambushed.  Rapp must rescue the hostages and discover who is leaking information to the enemy.

Memorial Day 2004

Rapp discovers intelligence that a major terrorist attack will take place in the United States during Memorial Day and is in a race against time to stop it, but is the danger over?

Consent to Kill 2005

In Memorial Day Rapp imprisoned Waheed Abdullah, faking his death to prevent the Saudi’s trying a rescue.  Waheed’s father a rich Saudi businessman wants Rapp killed and puts a $20 million bounty on his head.    They fail to kill Rapp but his wife and unborn baby is killed in the blast.  Rapp is out for revenge and the President of the United States privately gives “Consent to Kill” anyone involved.

Act of Treason 2006

In Act of Treason Rapp is still reeling from the death of his wife Anna Reilly, but when Presidential candidate Josh Alexander is ambushed by a terrorist bomb he is called back into service to track down those involved, at first glance all signs point to terrorists, but it soon becomes clear forces within the USA have committed an Act of Treason.

Protect and Defend 2007

After a attack Iran are left seeking vengeance on Israel and the USA.  Mitch Rapp is called in by the president to protect America against fanatical terrorists in Protect and Defend.

Extreme Measures 2008

In Extreme Measures the politicians are after Rapp for torturing information out of terrorists.  Rapp has information of an attack on Washington, but is partially sidelined due to the investigation.  Mike Nash helps Rapp but will it be in time?

Pursuit of Honour 2009

Mitch Rapp is on the trail of the traitor within the USA.  A Pursuit of Honour and Honour must be satisfied.

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American Assassin – Vince Flynn’s Next Book

Vince Flynn has publicly announced the title of his next book due for release on October 12th 2010.  The book will be titled AMERICAN ASSASSIN.

Synopsis

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist’s worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world … and then tragedy struck.

Two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield directs his protégée, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of command — men who do not exist.

What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution.

Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves onto Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesn’t know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.

As action-packed, fast-paced, and brutally realistic as it gets, Flynn’s latest page-turner shows readers how it all began. Behind the steely gaze of the nation’s ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American Assassin.

If like us you can’t wait you can preorder the book already on Amazon!  Click here to preorder at Amazon

Separation of Power

Separation of Power

Separation of Power

CIA Superagent Mitch Rapp is back in action in this high-velocity adventure from the master of the political thriller.

Israel has discovered that Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race – and they’ve vowed to stop the Iraqi madman before he can get his hands on the ultimate weapon. With the Middle East teetering on the brink of chaos, the US president is forced to act. The commander in chief’s secret weapon? Top counter terrorism operative, Mitch Rapp.

Israel has given the USA only two weeks to take the nukes out. After that, they’ll do whatever it takes to destroy the weapons themselves. With the haunting spectre of World War III looming, Rapp must race against time and impossible odds – tearing through the deadly alleyways of Baghdad and the corruption-riddled streets of Washington DC, taking drastic measures against anyone who gets in his way.

Click here to buy Separation of Power from Amazon

The Timeline


If you’re new to Vince Flynn, to get the full enjoyment from the books you should read them in chronological order.  Each book is a brilliant standalone story so this isn’t compulsory, but the characters develop a lot from book to book so the chronology is important.

Stand alone books

Term Limits – Term Limits is a stand alone book which doesn’t feature Mitch Rapp. You could read this book at any time but given the choice it is best to read first to meet some of the other characters before they worked with Mitch Rapp. Click here for the books synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

The Mitch Rapp Series

American Assassin – 2010 – American Assassin is a prequel the other Mitch Rapp books seeing how Mitch was recruited to the CIA. What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution. Click here for the synopsis. Click here to Buy from Amazon

Kill Shot – 2011 – Kill Shot continues on from where American Assasin left off, continuing to chart the progress of Mitch Rapp to become the CIA’s top Counter Terrorism Operative. Click here for the synopsis Click here to Buy from Amazon.

Transfer of Power – 1999 – The first book in the Mitch Rapp Series. Mitch Rapp the CIA’s top counter terrorism operative is sent to the Whitehouse after terrorists storm it. With the president in the underground bunker it is only a matter of time, but who will get to him first? Click here for the synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

The Third Option – 2000 – Mitch Rapp is sent on a mission in Europe, he doesn’t realise he is being set up by forces within the US who want his death to cause a change of management in the CIA. But he refuses to die and now he seeks revenge. Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Separation of Power – 2001 – The Director of the CIA Thomas Stansfield is dead. In Washington there is a power struggle over who will control the CIA in his wake. While in Israel Saddam Hussain is close to having Nuclear Weapons. Can Mitch Rapp save the day? Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Executive Power – 2002 – Mitch Rapp’s cover is blown as the President announces that he is the USA’s most important weapon against Terrorism. Will he still be able to operate for the CIA despite now being at the top of every terrorists hit list? Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Memorial Day – 2004 – The CIA discover chatter that a major terrorist attack is planned for Memorial Day. The President orders Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops to stop it. He traces them to Northern Pakistan and finds a room full of plans and maps leading to a freighters entering US ports. The CIA scramble to intercept, but was it all just a bit too easy? Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Consent to Kill – 2005 – The father of a dead terrorist wants Mitch Rapp dead. It will take all of his skill and experience to save him self and track down the people who betrayed him. Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Act of Treason – The presidential candidate Josh Alexander’s motorcade is ambushed by terrorists while he is on the campaign trail. All leads point to Al Qaeda but Mitch Rapp and Skip McMahon’s investigation leads to something much more alarming, right back to the heart of Washington. Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Protect and Defend – 2007 – Iran are spending billions of dollars developing their Nuclear program and Israel are tired of waiting for the international community to stop them through sanctions and committees so the launch a bold attack. The resulting radioactive damage leaves Iran outraged seeking vengeance on Israel and the USA. Can Mitch Rapp save the lives of 1000’s of Americans before time runs out. Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Extreme Measures – 2008 – Rapp and his protege Mike Nash are tracking three separate terrorist cells. All are determined to attack America but politicians are calling for Mitch Rapp and other CIA operatives to be kept on a short leash and not mistreat detainees. But one spring day in Washington that all changes. Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

Pursuit of Honor – 2009 Mitch Rapp is on the trail of the traitor within. Honour must be satisfied. In this latest action-packed addition to the Mitch Rapp saga, Flynn returns to the secretive world of fearless Americans who must risk their lives for their country’s security, fighting a covert war that can never be discussed, even with their own political leaders.  Click here for the full synopsis. Click to Buy from Amazon

The Last Man – 2012 – Mitch Rapp heads to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent.  Has Rickman been kidnapped or are things worse?  Click here for the full synopsisClick to buy from Amazon

The Survivor – 2015 – Picking up from the end of The Last Man, Mitch Rapp is bruised and battered and must race against time to stop highly classified information about the CIA being leaked, the only problem is the man leaking the information is already dead.  Click to buy from Amazon

Order to Kill – 2016 – Rapp heads to Pakistan to confront a mortal threat he may not be prepared for. In fact, this time he might have met his match.  Click to buy from Amazon

Enemy of the State – 2017 – Due for release on 7th September 2017 – Enemy of the State is the story behind 9/11 – The enduring mystery of just who really was behind the 9/11 attacks in America has never been solved – but now Mitch Rapp thinks he has the culprits in his sights and he’s out for blood. Click to Pre Order at Amazon


The Books

Vince Flynn’s first book Term Limits was published in 1997. This first book is a standalone thriller and while not containing Mitch Rapp it does feature several other characters which feature in future books. Term Limits is an instant page turner and became an instant bestseller.

Vince Flynn then released Transfer of Power in 1999. Transfer of Power introduces us to Mitch Rapp a CIA counter terrorism operative who is called upon to keep America and the world safe by any means necessary.
Mitch Rapp’s task of keeping America safe is not an easy one and Vince Flynn has written several more books in which he faces ever more dangerous foes both foreign and domestic! Each book makes a great read even without reading the previous.

For the full experience though you should read the books in order as the characters life’s progress from book to book, relationships form and past missions are referred to.

Click here to see the chronological timeline of the books stories.

Click on a book title for the synopsis and review or to buy.

(Note while we try not to spoil the read, the summaries may detail previous books events.)

Term Limits – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Transfer of Power – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

The Third Option – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Separation of Power – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Executive Power – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Memorial Day – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Consent to Kill – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Act of Treason – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Protect and Defend – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Extreme Measures – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

Pursuit of Honor – Click for more infoClick to Buy from Amazon

American Assassin –  Click for more infoClick here to Buy from Amazon

Killshot – Click for more infoClick here to Buy from Amazon

The Last Man – Click for more infoClick here to Buy from Amazon