I accepted The Last Man by Vince Flynn for review with quite a bit of trepidation. While I love mystery/suspense/thriller novels, the synopsis for The Last Man didn’t make my skirt fly up. But within minutes of listening to the book, I knew I would love it, though I didn’t realize that this author would become that kind of author that would make me want to drop all my other reading commitments and just read his whole backlist. Seriously. I don’t kid.
So here’s the setup: Mitch Rapp, assassin for the CIA, is sent to Afghanistan to investigate the kidnapping of Joe Rickman, a guy who basically knows all the CIA’s secrets, particularly the identity of many of their spies. The fact that the US doesn’t want Rickman spilling all their secrets is an understatement. But when Rapp arrives in Afghanistan to find out what happened to Rickman, it becomes obvious that things are a lot more complicated than they seem. In fact, a series of events makes it appear as if someone is out to kill Rapp as well.
Backstory: When I discovered the show 24, it had already ended. I watched season one in a few days, and then proceeded to blow through the next seven seasons over the next few months. I loved Jack Bauer’s no-nonsense style and his bad ass ways. Mitch Rapp reminds me of Jack Bauer. He’s a no-nonsense, doesn’t-take-garbage-from-anyone, smart-ass, isn’t-a-cold-blooded-killer kind of guy. This is the best thriller I’ve read. Period. It had nonstop action, snappy characters, fantastic bad guys, even better good guys, and the violence was at a minimum. The narrator, George Guidall, has recorded a ton of novels (over 900!!!) and has won awards for his narration. I have to admit, though, that I found his cadence to be distracting. I felt like he read the way an author would read as opposed to the easy flowing style that many narrators have. I got used to it after a while, and it certainly wouldn’t stop me from listening to other novels he’s narrated but I won’t be seeking him out.
Bottom line: Best thriller I’ve ever read.
Thanks to Simon & Schuster for giving me this audiobook to review!