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An Awkward Outing for Author Vince Flynn
on February 25, 2012
"Hell from beneath is excited about you,
To meet you at your coming;
It stirs up the dead for you,
All the chief ones of the earth;
It has raised up from their thrones
All the kings of the nations." -- Isaiah 14:9 (NKJV)
Do you like "thrillers" to be continually exciting? I do. Publishers sometimes miss that point when they label the latest offering from a writer who often produces thrillers as a thriller . . . without thoroughly considering its contents. Before I read Kill Shot, I wouldn't have imagined that a novel about Mitch Rapp could be anything but thrilling. But I was wrong. There are a few thrilling moments in Kill Shot, but they are definitely the exception against the backdrop of a slow-paced novel with two creaky plot lines.
If you want action by Mitch Rapp, you won't get much here.
So what's it all about? Mitch is still in his early years at the CIA working on removing those who contributed to the Lockerbie bombing. He's sent to Paris to make a high-profile hit that should present few problems. But he runs into enough difficulties to test even his mettle. From there, the story draws back to consider what went wrong from the perspective of how the CIA will respond and from Mitch's perspective in wanting to find out who put him and his mission at risk. Most of the plot development relates about solving misunderstandings, miscommunications, and dealing with old scores. As such, from that point most of the book feels a bit more like George Smiley than Mitch Rapp.
Even if you are a dyed-in-the-wool Mitch Rapp fan, you could probably skip this novel and not miss much concerning your understanding of the character.
I sure hope the next novel in this series will be a lot better.