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Vince Flynn (1966–2013)

Author of Transfer of Power

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About the Author

Vince Flynn was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1966. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas and went to work as an account and sales marketing specialist for Kraft Foods. In 1990, he accepted an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps, but was medically disqualified show more before starting the program. He worked as a bartender while writing his first book, Term Limits, which after receiving numerous rejections he self-published. It hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback. He went on to write the Mitch Rapp series. He was a story consultant for the television series 24. He died after a long battle with prostate cancer on June 19, 2013 at the age of 47. Published posthumously, his books continue to make the bestseller list. The Survivor, co-written with Kyle Mills, made The New York bestseller list in 2015. Order to Kill ,co-written with Kylr Mills, was published in 2016 and is a bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Vince Flynn

Transfer of Power (1999) 2,680 copies
American Assassin (2010) 2,548 copies
Consent to Kill (2005) 2,363 copies
Memorial Day (2004) 2,287 copies
Act of Treason (2006) 2,258 copies
The Third Option (2000) 2,252 copies
Protect and Defend (2007) 2,204 copies
Separation of Power (2001) 2,175 copies
Term Limits (1997) 2,157 copies
Executive Power (2003) 2,078 copies
Extreme Measures (2008) 2,052 copies
Pursuit of Honor (2009) 1,761 copies
Kill Shot (2012) 1,758 copies
The Last Man (2012) 1,494 copies
Order to Kill (2016) — Author — 690 copies
Enemy of the State (2017) — Author — 610 copies
Total Power (2020) — Series Creator — 396 copies
Enemy at the Gates (2021) 296 copies
Code Red (2023) 100 copies
Untitled #1 New Series (2013) 6 copies
NEW-Total Power 2 copies
O Agente Americano (2021) 1 copy
Red War 1 copy

Associated Works

Lethal Agent (2019) — Series Creator — 431 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Flynn, Vincent
Date of death
Burial location
Resurrection Cemetery Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Place of death
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Cause of death
prostate cancer
Places of residence
Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
University of St. Thomas
Real Estate Leasing Agent
television consultant
Sloan Harris
Short biography
Kyle Mills wrote The Survivor (Mitch Rapp) after Vince Flynn died.
April 6, 1966 - June 19, 2013

The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.

After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up. While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits.

Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Term Limits hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback and started a trend for all of Flynn's novels. Since then, his books have become perennial bestsellers in both paperback and hardcover, and he has become known for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of Islamic Radical Fundamentalism and terrorism. Read by current and former presidents, foreign heads of state, and intelligence professionals around the world, Flynn's novels are taken so seriously one high-ranking CIA official told his people, "I want you to read Flynn's books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror."

October 2007 marked another milestone in Flynn's career when his ninth political thriller, Protect and Defend, became a #1 New York Times bestseller. A few months later, CBS Films optioned the rights for Flynn's Mitch Rapp character with the intention of creating a character-based, action-thriller movie franchise. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who previously launched the Harry Potter and Matrix films as head of production at Warner Bros., and Nick Wechsler (We Own the Night, Reservation Road) will produce the films.

Flynn's 10th hardcover, Extreme Measures, was published in October 2008. It was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel, Kill Shot, was published in Fenbruary 2012.

The Mitch Rapp story begins with American Assassin, followed by Kill Shot Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor.

Influences: Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gore Vidal, and John Irving. Flynn lived in Minneapolis with his wife and three children until he died in June 2013.



Mitch Rapp is back and this time he's going rogue, not that this is a big shock to loyal readers of the late Mr. Lynn's creation. Mitch is tasked with a mission by the POTUS that can be defined on my as unorthodox to say the least. In short, hunt down and assassinate members of the Saudi royal family Why? Aren't they on our side? Well, maybe not. It seems that POTUS believes these family members are actually working with ISIS. It is soon discovered that the king’s nephew is discovered funding ISIS. This forces Mitch to make a life changing decision. He quits the CIA and forms what is essentially of contract killers and rogues to help him

Kyle Mills picks up the mantle left behind with Mr. Flynn's untimely death and has written a non-stop, highly readable, page turner. Enemy of the State is a volatile mix of covert ops, espionage and a take no prisoners thriller that is a great way to end your summer reading list. Fans of Mr. Flynn will not be disappointed and he himself would've probably loved this book as well. That speaks volume about the quality of Mr. Mills's writing. Highly recommend.
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BenM2023 | 11 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |
Improbability follows improbability in this pot boiler that has no relationship to reality. The main character is a caricature of a superhero with in inhuman side. i truly regret having wasted one of my libro.fm monthly credits on it.
Michael_Lilly | 43 other reviews | Jul 11, 2023 |
I found this to be an enjoyable fast-paced read.
gianouts | 77 other reviews | Jul 5, 2023 |
An excellent entry in the Mitch Rapp series. The book starts out a little slow as the tension between Iran and the US builds due to the destruction of a nuclear facility in Iran that's blamed on the US and Israel. Iranian hardliners concoct a plan to try and embarrass the US and Israel on the world stage through a demand for reparations, while in the background, preparing a devious plan that could change the world's fate completely.
coachtim30 | 38 other reviews | Jun 20, 2023 |



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