Review: Consent to Kill – Vince Flynn

Series: Mitch Rapp 8

My version: Paperback
Fiction Thriller, terrorism
Simon & Schuster

An eye for an eye…

For years, Mitch Rapp’s bold actions have saved the lives of thousands. He has killed with impunity, tortured to avert disaster, and shown he will do whatever it takes to win the War on Terror. He has become a hero to many – and an enemy to countless more.

Now, the powerful father of a dead terrorist demands vengeance in its simplest form. He wants Rapp dead – and his hate-filled plea has found sympathetic ears.

In the tangled world of espionage there are those, even amongst America’s allies, who feel Rapp has grown too effective. They’ve been looking for a chance to eliminate America’s No.1 counterterrorism operative- and now their time has come.

Rapp must use all his skill and ruthless determination to save himself before he can turn his fury on those who have dared to betray him.

The one in which Mitch Rapp becomes a fully 3D character. He is presented almost like a machine for most of the book, by most of the other characters – friend or foe alike. If this happens, then this will happen. A switch that once turned on, can’t be turned off. But in the closing scenes, he steps back, looks at himself, realises or thinks about what is important to him, if he is the person he thinks he is, and becomes Mitch Rapp the person. A little like the scene at the end of the James Bond ‘Casino Royale.’ No softening, no diluting of purpose, just a reaffirmation of why he’s doing what he does. Thus elevating this masterful thriller from a page-turner, to a page-stopper.

One thing generally with this series: There’s no explanation for Rapp seemingly giving up on his original purpose, to kill those responsible for killing his girlfriend aboard the Locherbie plane. It’s never been stated that he’d got them all, or that they were locked up (in a Scottish jail) or released and that he went after them again (There’s no explanation about the ten year timeline gap either, but that’s another matter).

All’s fair in love and war, is he saying that? Someone, the ‘enemy’ is ‘tortured to avert disaster.’ The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few. Especially if ‘the few’ are terrorists. It is essentially a book of two halves. One they chase him, two he chases them. Comparable in feel and non-stop readability, to Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim I thought. Vince Flynn just gets better and better. If he can keep to this level, he’ll have written the perfect thriller before long (I’m reading the whole series in the ‘correct’ order).

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