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Vincent Joseph Flynn, fondly known as Vince Flynn, was an American author who moved from being a self-published author to a New York Times #1 Bestseller.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, as the fifth of seven children, Vince studied in St. Thomas Academy before pursuing a degree in economics at the University of St. Thomas.

A writer by day and a bartender by night during his early years, it took Vince Flynn five years and well over sixty rejection letters before he resorted to self-publishing his first novel; a leap of faith that paid massive dividends as Term Limits went to on to become number one in the Twin Cities.

Flynn lived with his wife, Lysa, and their three children in the Twin Cities before succumbing to prostate cancer in 2013, aged 47.

More about Vince Flynn

Website: https://www.vinceflynn.com/

Born: 1966

Died: 2013

Non Series
Non Series
  • Term Limits (1997)
Mitch Rapp Series
  1. American Assassin (2010)
  2. Kill Shot (2012)
  3. Transfer Of Power (1999)
  4. The Third Option (2000)
  5. Separation Of Power (2001)
  6. Executive Power (2003)
  7. Memorial Day (2004)
  8. Consent To Kill (2005)
  9. Act Of Treason (2006)
  10. Protect And Defend (2007)
  11. Extreme Measures (2008)
  12. Pursuit Of Honor (2009)
  13. The Last Man (2012)
  14. The Survivor (2015)
  15. Order To Kill (2016)
  16. Enemy Of The State (2017)
  17. Red War (2018)
  18. Lethal Agent (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Term Limits

When three of the most powerful politicians in Washington are executed in one bloody night, the assassins make pressing requirements that could alter the course of history.

Having issued an ultimatum, the killers demand that the American government do away with partisan politics and restore power back to the people; more so in regards to having a balanced budget amendment and introducing congressional term limits.

With the demands, the assassins make it apparent that no one is beyond their reach—not even the president.

A joint task force of the FBI and CIA soon discovers that the killers are elite military commandos, albeit unsure of who exactly they are and where their next target will be.

Michael O'Rourke, a former U.S. Marine who is currently serving his first term as congressman, has a clue of what could have sparked the violence. It’s however related to a dark incident from his past; one that could have severe implications for his country's future.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-1849837675
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Reissue edition

Mitch Rapp Series

American Assassin

Before he became a CIA superagent, way before he was both despised and admired by politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a promising college athlete who couldn’t care less about anything—until tragedy changed everything.

Two-hundred and seventy people lost their lives during the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack on that cold December night. Among those affected was Mitch Rapp, yet he never sought for comfort. All he wanted was retribution.

Six months of vigorous training will be followed by trips to Istanbul, Hamburg, across Europe and to Beirut where Rapp and his team will leave utter destruction in their wake.

The war will be taken to the enemy’s doorstep, and the hunter will become the hunted!

American Assassin
Director: Michael Cuesta
Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Taylor Kitsch
Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-1501180491
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Media Tie-In edition
Kill Shot

For several months, Mitch Rapp has been quietly crossing off a list of men, bullet by bullet; bringing down the sinister web of people responsible for the death of 270 innocent civilians.

When his next target is a stout Libyan diplomat—a man who drinks more than he should and is currently in the French capital without a single bodyguard—Mitch doesn’t hesitate to put a bullet into the minister’s skull with a silenced pistol, as the man is deep in his sleep.

The hostel room door however blasts open soon afterwards, with vigorous gunfire immediately directed at Rapp who manages to escape with bullet wounds.

News then breaks in Washington the following morning about the assassination of Libya’s Oil Minister along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men.

Wounded and being chased by French authorities, Rapp must fight for his survival.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1501187025
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition
Transfer Of Power

"What if the most powerful figure in America is the prime target in a hostile takeover?"

On a brisk and busy morning in Washington, the serenity and reverence of the White House is suddenly interrupted when terrorists gain control of the executive mansion; killing dozens of people in the process.

Although the president is swiftly evacuated to an underground bunker, the terrorists take hostage of nearly one hundred people.

Mitch Rapp, an elite CIA counterterrorism operative, is sent to gain control of the situation.

Whilst conducting his rescue mission, Rapp makes a spine tingling discovery. Someone right at the heart of his own government is determined to make his rescue attempt a disaster.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-1849834735
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
The Third Option

“When diplomacy fails and military intervention is largely viewed as unfitting, our leaders sometimes opt for The Third Option.”

When Dr. Irene Kennedy is selected as the next in line to succeed dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield, CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp becomes a victim of government forces with their own sinister agenda.

The naming of Dr. Kennedy infuriates a lot of influential figures inside the world's most powerful intelligence agency.

Her critics will go to extreme lengths to ensure that the baton isn’t passed over to her; something that makes Rapp quite the expendable asset.

Mitch Rapp however isn’t a pawn in a game of chess. He will do whatever it takes to find out who is responsible for framing him.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-1849835619
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
Separation Of Power

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy walks with a target on her back as there is an inside ploy meant to destroy her; untimely ending the term of the President of the United States.

Even worse is that Saddam Hussein is on the brink of entering the nuclear arms race; a move that Israel simply won’t allow.

With World War III looming ever closer, the President enlists for the help of his secret weapon—top counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp.

Rapp however has his work cut out, seeing that he only has two weeks to take out the nukes.

Time is not on his side and the odds are growing slimmer.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-1849835633
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
Executive Power

“America's enemies are only just tightening their grip, and Mitch Rapp will be caught in the crossfire.”

Having returned from a covert mission, Mitch Rapp receives high public acclamation from the president for his role in the war against terrorism.

After years of dangerous missions in the shadows, Rapp is finally ready to fight against terror far from the front lines.

But as a CIA advisor hogging all the headlines, he becomes a target of basically every terrorist in the world.

When a Navy SEAL team is attacked in the Philippines, all evidence points to a possible mole within the U.S. State Department itself.

With a merciless assassin—on the payroll of some of the most powerful men in the Middle East—hell bent on sparking a world war, Mitch Rapp must find a way of quenching the darting flames of Armageddon.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1849835626
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
Memorial Day

"As CIA super agent Mitch Rapp fights terrorism on foreign soil, he will do whatever it takes to protect American freedom."

CIA intelligence points to a looming terrorist attack on the United States, just a week before the nation pays Memorial Day tribute to the veterans of the Second World War.

With his wealth of experience in counter terrorism, Mitch Rapp races to Afghanistan where he leads an elite team which raids an al Qaeda stronghold in a remote border village in Pakistan; neutralizing plans of a nuclear strike on Washington.

Despite the successfulness of the mission, one that averts the crisis, Rapp remains skeptical about how easy it was to conduct the raid.

Trusting his intuition, he investigates and uncovers horrifying details about the Memorial Day.

It’s now up to him to a prevent a disaster that could shake the nation to its core!

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2004
ISBN: 978-1849835817
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Re-issue edition
Consent To Kill

“CIA superagent Mitch Rapp leads from the front in the global war on terror. But unlike in previous experiences, he races to save his own life.”

Mitch Rapp's heroic service has led to the rescue and safety of several Americans. Nevertheless, his quest for peace and freedom has made him a hero to many, and an enemy to even more.

When the powerful father of a dead terrorist is out baying for blood, it’s an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Soon enough, Rapp finds himself entangled in an international conspiracy; as even some among America's allies believe that it’s time to bring him down.

With the hunter becoming the hunted, Rapp must unleash his fury on those who have stabbed him in the back.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2005
Ebook: B002J321Y4
Publisher: POCKET STAR BOOKS; Pocket Star Premium Edition
Act Of Treason

“Mitch Rapp hunts for a killer with a personal agenda”

A motorcade carrying candidate Josh Alexander is ambushed by a car bomb during the final weeks of a heated presidential campaign.

Two weeks following the attack, Alexander cruises to victory thanks to sympathy vote. Although his assailants have not been caught, clues point to a possible terror attack by jihadists group, al-Qaeda.

But when CIA Director Irene Kennedy and Special Agent Skip McMahon are presented with classified information, the details are so shocking that they contemplate about burying it completely.

Yet even when incriminating evidence points to some of the most powerful figures in Washington, Mitch Rapp is the only man incautious enough to not only follow the evidence, but get to the bottom of the conspiracy.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1849835770
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
Protect And Defend

“Nations navigating the minefield of international intrigue.”

Billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program at the very heart of Iran.

Unwilling to wait for intervention from the international community, Israel launches one of the boldest and most ingenious espionage operations ever imagined; one that leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in Iran’s second largest city.

When the Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States for the attack, CIA director Irene Kennedy is sent to the region for a meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Azad Ashani.

Behind the scenes, Iranian President Amatullah secretly summons grand terrorist Imad Mukhtar to do his dirty work.

But Mitch Rapp and Mukhtar will find themselves locking horns after Kennedy’s meeting with Ashani doesn’t go as planned.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1416505037
Publisher: Pocket Books
Extreme Measures

“Mitch Rapp and his understudy, Mike Nash, could very well have found their match.”

The CIA detects and thwarts the activities of two terrorist cells, but a third—led by a scheming and dangerous man determined to become the leader of al-Qaeda—is feared to be on the loose.

With the terrorist group on the verge of descending on America, Rapp handpicks former Marine Corps officer and elite counterterrorism operative, Mike Nash, to work by his side on the assignment.

The political winds have however changed in the land of the free and home of the brave, and a section of leaders on Capitol Hill are desperate to control men like Rapp and Nash.

Everything nonetheless changes one spring afternoon at the very heart of Washington.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1849835794
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
Pursuit Of Honor

“A tale of espionage and covert intelligence”

The story begins six days after a series of devastating explosions targeting the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, D.C., end up killing 185 people, including public office holders and CIA employees.

It was an extreme act of war that could only warrant extreme measures by elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his right hand man, Mike Nash.

But Rapp once again finds himself in the disheartening position of having to explain the realities of national security to politicians whose view from the safety of the sidelines is usually compromised.

With three of the al Qaeda terrorists still on the run and Nash crumbling under pressure, Rapp knows has he to do everything in his power to stop the enemy.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1849835800
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
The Last Man

“Mitch races to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent”

Four bodyguards are brutally killed in cold blood during the kidnapping of the head of clandestine operations in Afghanistan.

With the CIA in crisis mode, a deployed Rapp is willing to do whatever it takes to find his missing friend, Joe Rickman.

He however isn’t the only one searching for Rickman, as an FBI special agent is following him like a shadow; desperate to blame him for the bloody debacle.

Rapp is the only person aware of certain secrets about the vanished black ops master; secrets which should never find the wrong hands.

But with certain factions of his own government undermining him, Rapp must match his enemy’s mendacity in order to successfully complete his mission.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-0857208736
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
The Survivor

“Joe Rickman continues to pose a mortal threat to America…even from the grave!”

Former CIA boy wonder, Joseph “Rick” Rickman, stole a huge amount of top secret and largely compromising intelligence regarding classified operations all over the world before offering it, and himself, to the Pakistani secret forces.

When his plans didn’t work out, Mitch Rapp was sent by CIA director Irene Kennedy to kill him in a move that only worsened things.

Before his death, Rickman stored the potentially destructive data on CIA assets, operatives and agents at a place that only he knew; thereby posing a mortal threat to the U.S.

Will Rapp succeed, or will the Pakistanis find it first and possibly become the world’s new nuclear superpower?

This is the first novel in the series posthumous authored by Vince Flynn, and written by Kyle Mills.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1471142017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition
Order To Kill

CIA operative, Mitch Rapp, realizes that he has been chasing false leads from one continent to another—all in an attempt to prevent Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists.

Alongside friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp battles to prevent the loss of the nukes; nukes which Russia is also interested in, albeit for a different reason.

But when it becomes increasingly evident that powerful forces in Moscow are determined to cause more chaos and instability in the Middle East, Rapp is forced to go deep into Russian territory under the disguise of an American ISIS recruit.

While conducting the covert mission, he will unearth a plan much more horrifying than previously imagined.

This is the second novel in the series posthumous authored by Vince Flynn, and written by Kyle Mills.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1471163630
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Export/Airside edition
Enemy Of The State

After 9/11, the United States made a shocking secretive deal of burying the evidence against the powerful Saudis who conspired in the attack. In return, King Faisal promised to keep the oil flowing whilst personally dealing with the conspirators.

But when the U.S learns that the king’s own nephew is funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to hold up their end of the bargain.

Mitch Rapp is as such summoned to deliver the message, but because America can’t be seen moving against an ally, he is forced to quit his job at the CIA and assembles a group of independent contractors for the mission.

The former CIA man will however find himself being hunted by American and Saudi intelligence agencies after a shocking series of events.

This is the third novel in the series posthumous authored by Vince Flynn, and written by Kyle Mills.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1471157776
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Red War

Russian president Maxim Krupin is determined to cling onto power after discovering that he has an incurable brain cancer.

He brutally orders for the killing or imprisonment any of his countrymen who threaten him, but soon turns to war with the West as a massive diversion to his health which has deteriorated.

As a way of averting a potentially deadly face off against someone who has nothing to lose, CIA director Irene Kennedy deploys Mitch Rapp to Russia where he is to not only find but kill a figure who has been largely viewed as the most powerful man in the world.

Given the dangerous nature of the mission, failure is not an option for Rapp, as it could plunge both superpowers into a war that neither will survive.

This is the fourth novel in the series posthumous authored by Vince Flynn, and written by Kyle Mills.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1471170690
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Lethal Agent

A toxic presidential election is ongoing in an America that is already weakened by internal divisions.

Through the diversion of maintaining power and privilege, ISIS take advantage of the situation and kidnap a brilliant French microbiologist; coercing him to begin manufacturing anthrax.

The current tension is the U.S is heightened when videos documenting his progress and that of an impending attack surface on the internet.

ISIS then enlists a Mexican drug syndicate to sneak the bioweapon across the border, but this is just a shrewd distraction to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy preoccupied long enough to weaponize a deadly virus they came across in Yemen.

As Rapp undertakes his mission of invading the Mexican cartels and tracking down the powerful ISIS figure who he failed to kill during their last encounter, his task is made even harder by the Washington political elite who are up against him.

This is the fifth novel in the series posthumous authored by Vince Flynn, and written by Kyle Mills.

Author: Vince Flynn
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1982136604
Publisher: Emily Bestler Books; Canadian Export edition