Vince Flynn was an American author born on April 6, 1966, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas and initially pursued a career in aviation before discovering his passion for writing.
Flynn’s debut novel, “Term Limits,” was self-published in 1997 after multiple rejections, but it quickly caught the attention of major publishers. This success paved the way for his renowned Mitch Rapp series. Flynn’s works often drew from contemporary political events, making them resonate with readers. Tragically, he passed away on June 19, 2013, after a battle with prostate cancer.
|6 April, 1966 – 19 June, 2013
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Vince Flynn’s Writing Genre/Style
Vince Flynn specialized in political thrillers, characterized by fast-paced action, intricate plots, and a deep dive into the world of counterterrorism and espionage. His writing style was direct, with a focus on realism, reflecting the high-stakes world of his protagonist, Mitch Rapp.
List of Vince Flynn’s Books in Order
- Non-Series Books Written by Vince Flynn
- Mitch Rapp: A series by Vince Flynn
|Books From Mitch Rapp Series
|Transfer Of Power
|The Third Option
|Separation Of Power
|Consent To Kill
|Act Of Treason
|Protect And Defend
|Pursuit Of Honor
|The Last Man
Sadly, Vince Flynn passed away in 2013, but his legacy continues as the Mitch Rapp series has been continued by another author, Kyle Mills, with the blessing of Flynn’s estate.
|Books From Mitch Rapp Series By Kyle Mills
|Order to Kill
|Enemy of the State
|Enemy at the Gates
|Oath of Loyalty
Vince Flynn’s Literary Contribution & Awards
Vince Flynn’s contribution to the literary world is significant, primarily through his Mitch Rapp series, which has become a staple in the political thriller genre. His novels have been lauded for their authenticity, often blurring the lines between fiction and real-world events.
Flynn’s works have been on numerous bestseller lists, with several titles reaching the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. While he received many accolades throughout his career, his legacy is perhaps best represented by the continued popularity of his books and the decision to continue the Mitch Rapp series posthumously, a testament to the enduring appeal of his characters and stories.
Vince Flynn’s Books in Reading Order
- Non-Series Books Written by Vince Flynn
1. Term Limits
- Logline: TAKING AMERICA BACK … ONE POLITICIAN AT A TIME
- Publishing Year: December 31, 1997
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.32 (from 35,615 ratings)
In a single, bloody night, three of Washington’s top politicians are executed with surgical precision. The assassins issue an ultimatum to the U.S. government: abandon partisan politics and return power to the people.
They warn that no one, not even the president, is safe from their reach. A combined FBI-CIA task force discovers that the culprits are elite military commandos, but their identities and next move remain a mystery.
The only person with a potential lead is Michael O’Rourke, a former U.S. Marine and new congressman. He recalls a chilling incident from his past that may hold the key to understanding the present violence and the future of the nation.
- Mitch Rapp: A series by Vince Flynn
- Logline: Mitch Rapp is a gifted college athlete who just wants retribution for the Pan Am Lockerbie attack.
- Publishing Year: 2010
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.25 (from 88,663 ratings)
Mitch Rapp, a talented college athlete, seeks vengeance for the Pan Am Lockerbie attack. Under the guidance of CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield and his protégé Irene Kennedy, Rapp undergoes an intense six-month training with other covert operatives.
Their mission is to preemptively stop terrorists before they can reach American soil. As an assassin, Rapp leaves a trail of bodies from Istanbul, traversing Europe, and finally reaching Beirut. In the war-torn city of Beirut, he finds himself amidst deadly terrorist factions, where he must utilize every bit of his skill and cunning to survive
“American Assassin” has been adapted into a movie.
Director: Michael Cuesta
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Taylor Kitsch
2. Kill Shot
- Logline: Vince Flynn’s intensely suspenseful #1 New York Times bestseller puts the young, hungry, and lethal superagent of American Assassin in the crosshairs even as he kills with impunity.
- Publishing Year: February 7, 2012
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.31 (52,254 ratings)
In the aftermath of the CIA’s training, Mitch Rapp has been on a mission to dismantle the network responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. His journey takes him to Paris, where an assassination attempt leads to the discovery of nine bodies in a prestigious hotel, including Libya’s oil minister.
As the situation escalates, Washington distances itself, and Rapp’s handler, Stan Hurley, views him as a liability. However, as Rapp goes rogue, it becomes evident that a cornered Mitch Rapp is the most dangerous of all.
- Logline: Terrorists seize the White House, taking hostages. CIA’s Mitch Rapp races against time to save the president and uncover a traitor within.
- Publishing Year: 1999
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.33 from 53,485 ratings
On a bustling Washington morning, the White House’s serenity is disrupted by gunfire as terrorists storm in, murdering innocent bystanders and taking nearly a hundred hostages. The president is swiftly evacuated to an underground bunker.
As officials grapple with the crisis, Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism agent, infiltrates the White House. He soon realizes that the president isn’t as secure as believed. Navigating the mansion’s secret corridors, Rapp gets perilously close to the adversaries, striving to free the hostages and prevent the extraction of the president from his hideout. Amidst the chaos, he uncovers a chilling truth: a government insider wants his rescue mission to fail.
- Logline: CIA operative Mitch Rapp becomes a pawn in a political game when Dr. Irene Kennedy is chosen as the new CIA Director.
- Publishing Year: 2000
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.27 from 44,768 ratings
When diplomacy fails and military action is deemed inappropriate, leaders sometimes opt for “THE THIRD OPTION.” Mitch Rapp, a CIA counterterrorism operative, becomes an unintended target of government forces with their own motives.
This occurs after Dr. Irene Kennedy is designated as the successor to the ailing CIA Director Thomas Stansfield, a decision that infuriates many within the influential intelligence agency. Those opposing her rise to power are willing to take drastic steps to prevent her appointment, making Rapp a disposable asset. However, Rapp isn’t someone’s mere tool, and he’s determined to uncover the culprits behind this scheme.
- Logline: CIA agent Mitch Rapp races against time to prevent nuclear armament and a looming World War III.
- Publishing Year: 2001
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.32 from 46,877 ratings
Newly appointed CIA director, Dr. Irene Kennedy, is under threat from an internal plot aiming to end the American President’s term prematurely. As Saddam Hussein nears nuclear capability, a situation Israel is determined to prevent, the specter of World War III becomes increasingly real.
The President turns to his secret weapon, top counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. However, with a mere two weeks to neutralize the nuclear threat, Rapp faces a race against time and seemingly insurmountable odds.
- Logline: Mitch Rapp, exposed as a CIA superagent, navigates global terrorism and a looming threat from the Middle East.
- Publishing Year: 2003
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.32 (44,797 ratings)
After preventing Saddam Hussein from joining the nuclear arms race, Mitch Rapp’s covert identity is revealed. Publicly recognized by the president, Rapp becomes a national hero but also a target for terrorists worldwide.
Serving as a special advisor on counterterrorism to CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy, Rapp prefers strategizing from the CIA headquarters. However, when a Navy SEALs mission in the Philippines goes awry, suspicions arise about a leak from the State Department or the Philippine embassy.
As Rapp investigates, he faces a more sinister threat: an unknown assassin in the Middle East aiming to ignite a war. In “Executive Power,” Flynn crafts a tale of geopolitical intrigue, blending motives, covert operations, and suspense.
7. Memorial Day
- Logline: CIA superagent Mitch Rapp races against time to thwart a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
- Publishing Year: 2004
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.32 (48,201 ratings)
As the nation’s capital gears up for a grand Memorial Day tribute to World War II veterans, CIA intelligence uncovers a significant terrorist threat against the United States. Mitch Rapp, always at the forefront of combating terrorism, heads to Afghanistan.
Leading a commando raid on an al Qaeda stronghold in a remote village, he successfully disrupts plans for a nuclear strike targeting Washington. With the immediate threat neutralized, the special operations mission is deemed complete.
However, Rapp, familiar with the cunning and unpredictability of his adversaries, realizes that appearances can be deceiving. He understands that it’s solely up to him to prevent a catastrophe of unparalleled magnitude.
- Logline: Mitch Rapp, the relentless counterterrorism operative, becomes the target of an international conspiracy orchestrated by the vengeful father of a slain terrorist, forcing Rapp to defend himself before seeking vengeance.
- Publishing Year: 2005
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.39 (48,136 ratings)
Mitch Rapp, known for his ruthless actions in preventing terrorist attacks and safeguarding American lives, finds himself marked for death. In a world of espionage and shifting allegiances, even among supposed allies, Rapp’s enemies conspire to eliminate him.
The father of a deceased terrorist demands retribution—an eye for an eye—and Rapp becomes the focal point of a global conspiracy. With his life on the line, he must utilize his unwavering resolve and vigilance to save himself, all while harboring a burning desire to unleash his fury on those who dared to betray him. “Consent to Kill” is a high-stakes thriller that explores vengeance, loyalty, and the cost of being a hero.
- Logline: CIA operative Mitch Rapp investigates an ambush on a presidential candidate’s motorcade, leading him on a perilous journey through contract killers, global intrigue, and the heart of Washington’s political power.
- Publishing Year: 2006
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.31 (49,589 ratings)
On a seemingly perfect autumn day in Georgetown, chaos erupts as terrorists ambush the motorcade of a presidential candidate. Though the attackers remain elusive, the sympathy vote propels the candidate to victory. Despite the extensive efforts to eliminate terrorist cells within the U.S., the incident points to al-Qaeda involvement.
However, when CIA director Irene Kennedy and Special Agent Skip McMahon stumble upon classified information hinting at powerful figures within Washington, they are faced with a daunting choice—destroy the damning evidence or pursue the truth.
Enter Mitch Rapp, the fearless operative determined to follow the trail to its explosive conclusion. His quest leads him into the shadowy realm of contract killers, across the world’s darkest corners, and ultimately back to Washington, where the foundations of political power tremble. “Act of Treason” is a gripping thriller that explores the interplay of power, secrets, and loyalty in the nation’s capital.
- Logline: America’s top counterterrorism operative, Mitch Rapp, races against time to stop a Hezbollah master terrorist and prevent an unthinkable catastrophe in the midst of international intrigue.
- Publishing Year: October 30, 2007
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.35 (based on 40,220 ratings and 1,048 reviews)
In “Protect and Defend,” bestselling author Vince Flynn delivers an explosive political thriller set in the heart of Iran, where a nuclear program is in development. Frustrated by the international community’s inaction, Israel launches a daring espionage operation that leaves Iran’s second-largest city in ruins and triggers outrage from the Iranian government.
Iran’s president demands retribution, including bloodshed from America and Israel. Mitch Rapp, America’s top counterterrorism operative, seizes an opportunity amid the chaos, convincing President Josh Alexander to approve a risky operation that will further embarrass Iran and push it toward revolution. CIA director Irene Kennedy is dispatched for a clandestine meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Azad Ashani.However, Rapp isn’t the only one with plans in motion.
11. Extreme Measures
- Logline: A deadly and charismatic hero, Mike Nash, is forced to confront betrayal from his own government as he fights the war on terrorism with extreme measures.
- Publishing Year: October 20, 2008
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.33 (based on 52,136 ratings and 1,119 reviews)
With Rapp away on assignment in Pakistan, CIA Director Irene Kennedy turns to his protegee Mike Nash. Nash, who has served his government honorably for sixteen years, first as an officer in the Marine Corps and then as an operative in an elite counterterrorism team run by Mitch Rapp, has met violence with extreme violence and has never wavered in his fight against the jihads and their culture of death.
Nash has fought the war on terrorism in secret without accolades or acknowledgment of his personal sacrifice. He has been forced to lie to virtually every single person he cares about, including his wife and children, but he has soldiered on with the knowledge that his hard work and lethal tactics have saved thousands of lives. However, the one thing he never saw coming was that his own government was about to turn on him.
12. Pursuit of Honor
- Logline: Elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his team must navigate the aftermath of a devastating terrorist attack in Washington, D.C., while pursuing al Qaeda terrorists and dealing with political obstacles.
- Publishing Year: October 13, 2009
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.35 (based on 42,446 ratings and 1,122 reviews)
The action begins six days after a series of explosions devastated Washington, D.C., targeting the National Counterterrorism Center and killing 185 people, including public officials and CIA employees. It was a bizarre act of extreme violence that called for extreme measures on the part of elite counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp and his trusted team member, Mike Nash.
Now that the initial shock of the catastrophe is over, key Washington officials are up in arms over whether to make friends or foes of the agents who stepped between the enemy’s bullets and countless American lives, regardless of the legal consequences. Not for the first time, Rapp finds himself in the frustrating position of having to illustrate the realities of national security to politicians whose view from the sidelines is inevitably obstructed.
13. The Last Man
- Logline: A pulse-pounding thriller where Mitch Rapp heads to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent.
- Publishing Year: November 13, 2012
- Goodreads Ratings: 4.36 (based on 37,170 ratings and 1,639 reviews)
A pulse-pounding thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Vince Flynn, as Mitch Rapp heads to Afghanistan to track down a missing CIA agent. The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect.
Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years, Rickman had run the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic.
More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops, and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent. With Afghanistan crumbling around him, Rapp must be as ruthless as his enemies and as deceitful as people in his own government if he has any hopes of completing his mission.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How did Vince Flynn the author die?
Vince Flynn developed a rare form of prostrate cancer due to which he died at 47 years on 19 June 2013.
What is the first Vince Flynn book?
Vince Flynn worked as a bartender when he wrote and self published “Term Limit” in 1997
Are there any Vince Flynn movies?
American Assassin is a movie based on Mitch Rap series by Vince Flynn.
When did Vince Flynn passed away?
Vince Flynn passed away at an early age of 47 in 2013 while batteling prostrate cancer.
Where is vince flynn from?
Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966 and was raised in the same city.
How many Vince Flynn books are there?
Vince Flynn wrote a total of 14 books after which his mitch rap series was continued by Kyle Mills