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"A fast, fun read." -- People
"An exciting, Ludlum-like series." -- Booklist
About the Author
- ASIN : B000FCKGVG
- Publisher : Atria Books (October 11, 2005)
- Publication date : October 11, 2005
- Language : English
- File size : 5895 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 704 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1416505016
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,092 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Make no mistake though…Flynn is just as magnificent as he’s always been at describing the intrigue of international terrorist affairs and the actions that the United States takes in uncovering and subduing these malicious acts. But it is when he engages Rapp on the home-front, especially in a domesticated setting, with a clearly mis-matched/mis-characterized wife, and then attempts dialogue, completely banal and cliched, that we see a substantive loss of credibility. And it is within this volume that these situations seem to suddenly separate him (Rapp) from the overall character personae that we’ve grown to know…all of which is not to say that Rapp can’t necessarily be domesticated…it’s just that Flynn’s depictions have suddenly grown rather trite and non-sellable. And, there are far too many of them here that offset the storyline in a negative fashion.
Also, and I don’t mean to keep belaboring the negative points or sounding insensitive, but there are far too many Arabic names here to keep track of…perhaps it’s unfortunate but it has been a proven literary fact that for the average American reader, even of these international terrorist/espionage thrillers, the number of complex Arab names must be kept to a realistic minimum. Here, though, Flynn is throwing them around at an alarming rate, rapidly losing the reader right from the very beginning…it almost requires a pad and pencil to keep up, a mortal sin for a novelist. The characters do work themselves out in the end but there are too many moments in-between where we lose sight of who we’re actually talking about.
This plot begins with a unique turn for a Mitch Rapp novel…following the “removal” of one of these Arab terrorists, a contract is taken out on Rapp’s life by his supremely wealthy father. Sub-contracting it through a former Stasi German who then further sub-contracts it (??) through a French assassin and his girlfriend/partner, we watch the confluence of events that lead to the showdown between assassin and Rapp. Needless to say, Rapp survives, but not without telling consequences…and with the revenge sector of his brain in full fury, his supporters in the government know he will stop at nothing to bring down those who perpetrated this act. Political and international intrigue ensue, of course, and it’s a race, a “kill or be killed” plot to the end that puts Rapp once again on the front line of world terror.
Flynn also continues his mastery of military tactics and weapons here and this is what continually sells these novels for me. He is profound with locations and attack plans which make me wonder (like virtually all his other readers) where he gets such detailed, inside information…this work is especially beguiling for the intricate revenge plans that Rapp takes in foreign countries.
So, in summary, “Consent To Kill” was not only a turning point for the Mitch Rapp character, it was for me as well…claiming the same excellence in political/military intrigue, it dissipated rather severely in terms of literary writing quality. For those who might pick this up without having read the catalogue up to it, I’m sure that it stands out…for those of us that’ve followed along from the beginning however, my belief is that we’re seeing a major chink in the armor. The interactive dialogue here is approaching juvenile (most definitely including our main protagonist) while the supporting character structure has taken a marked step down. All this will certainly not stop me from continuing with this series, it’s only my hope that these charges will see it get better.
I like the meticulous detail of the meticulous procedures used by both a former Stasi spy orchestrating the plot, and by the hitman he hires. Both, and particularly the latter, are careful in the extreme as they pursue their dangerous but lucrative trades.
You almost admire the hitman because he’s so precise and so determined to succeed. He reminds us weirdly of Rapp himself, as Rapp is also an assassin. (But working for the good guys!) And each of them has a strong romantic bond - Rapp to his wife Anna, a lovely newscaster never fully at ease with his dangerous line of work, and the assassin to his own wife (I think they’re married), who is his accomplice.
We do, of course, realize what happens to those who target Rapp. I pity the fools. The story gets into some dark areas. I found the ending - don’t worry, no spoilers - poignant and getting into some deeper emotional territory than Rapp usually does.
Good story, great action, with memorable deeds and people. Really, really good storytelling. There were some that escaped retribution, but maybe in a future book? One can only hope.
Buy it, read it and enjoy!!! 👍🏾🇺🇸👍🏾🇺🇸👍🏾🇺🇸👍🏾🇺🇸👍🏾🇺🇸
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Consent to Kill started of with Mitch Rapp's life being near perfect with a happy end in sight. His only problem being the new Director of Intelligence or so it seems but as it continues the threat is made and a "bounty" is placed on his head a whopping $22 million in all. A brilliant book, well written twists and turns all the way throughout, an emotional rollercoaster of a story. A must read, can be read as a stand-alone book, but I feel having read the series, you will find the emotional impact and the I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HAS JUST HAPPENED a very powerful tool in Vince Flynn's writing.
Pregnancy for Anna Rapp and the hopes and dreams you want for them all changes in a split second and she and the unborn child are killed an Mitch survives and has to grieve once again for the love of his life and the future that no longer exists. Kennedy is told by the powers of the Cabinet members to stop him avenging his wife's death but the President later tells her Mitch has his consent to Kill anyone who is involved.
The assassin's are brilliantly written with the background in the story as it unfolds and at each step of the main characters you find out what their doing parallel to the others.
Claudia then finds she is pregnant too but is unaware that Anna is an asks Gould to spare her. He doesn't and they in turn split with her telling all and asking for the time to have her baby and be able to hold him or her. Gould returns and she has to tell him this,unsure of his reaction.
It ends with Rapp finding them an their newly born daughter named Anna.
Read and you will definitely be in tears throughout this book.
Strongly recommend that this is a book to read, maybe one of the best. Can't wait to find out what else is in store for Mitch Rapp.
Fast paced, not to technical .
Good to see Kennedy kick ass.
What will Mitch do now, I hope there is someone waiting for him that is lower maintenance than Anna.
Good luck Mitch.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 14, 2018