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Vince Flynn, with Gratitude and Remembrance

June 19th, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Among the authors of our time, there are a number of marvelous storytellers. But ┬áthere has been only one whose next books I have not only looked forward to, but have ordered months in advance, without fail — blocking out time to read them cover to cover upon arrival.

That author was Vince Flynn, who died Wednesday at the age of 47. For most readers of PJ Media, he probably needs no introduction. His books sold 15 million copies. He wrote thrillers, 14 of them, all but one starring the scarred but indomitable Mitch Rapp, a CIA assassin with the talents to save the free world, and the skills to disappear into the crowd.

Flynn knew how to write a great page-turner, but there are a lot of thrillers that deliver that kind of suspense. What made his books so particularly gratifying was that again and again, his leading man, Mitch Rapp, delivered justice. Rough justice, to be sure. But in a world full of outrageous wrongs — from terrorist plots to self-serving Washington officials blind to real dangers — Rapp took them on, and to the best of his astounding abilities, set things right. The truly evil, he killed. The hypocritical he ensnared. He had no patience at all for fools, bureaucrats and crooked politicians. But to innocents, to decent men, he was kind. To his comrades in arms, he was faithful. He was a class act. The Cold War had James Bond. In tune with very different times — more cold beer than shaken martini — the War on Terror has Mitch Rapp.

Flynn’s fiction delivered such gratifying scenes as the sabotage of an underground Iranian nuclear reactor (which takes place while a Hezbollah master terrorist is touring the facility). In one tale, Rapp saves the craven politicians of Washington from a nuclear bomb by stuffing it at the last minute into a bunker under Mount Weather. In another, he is richly vindicated when a senator who persecutes and stymies him at every turn is ultimately caught in a terrorist attack and must depend on Rapp to save her life.

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Rest in Peace. Mr. Flynn has been my favorite writer for years. I would love nothing better then to get my hands on a new book of his and curl up to read of Mitch Rapp's latest adventure. I think he was fantastic and had a hero that Americans could cheer for. Rapp wouldn't follow the law, but he would deliver justice for the United States in a world where it's needed.
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With a name like Vince Flynn, how could you NOT write awesome books?
1 year ago
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This is sad news indeed. I have just recently begun reading his work and got hooked on the first one. Thank you for listing his books, I just went through and ordered the ones I haven't read yet. He was a great talent that will be sorely missed.
1 year ago
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We have lost an extremely talented and courageous young man, and from all I have read, a truly class act. We will miss you Vince. May you rest in peace. My heart goes out to Vince's family for their loss.
1 year ago
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OH, I failed to thank Claudia Rosett for writing such perfect words describing what an amazing man Vince Flynn was. Thank you!

Listening to Brad Thor on he radio yesterday is when I found out about this sudden loss. Brad said Vince introduced him to his publisher for Brad's first book. That is something most writers aren't apt to do, but Vince was a true, honest friend.
1 year ago
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Vince Flynn wrote the most exciting books that kept you from putting them down. I send my thanks to him for the joys I have had in reading, learning and loving his intelligent creativity. I send my love and prayers to his family. May they always know what a spiritually, loving and giving man Vince was.

God Bless!
1 year ago
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I think I read his 4th book first.
Went right our and bought 1-3.

Then I waited impatiently for October 15 when his new one would seem to appear.
The only writer that I'd go out to buy on the release day.
1 year ago
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Good books, and I know why he wrote them the way that he did, but just once I'd like to see Mitch Rapp or John Clark, or Scott Horvath have to deal with not just a liberal congressperson, but a president like Obama and a government that truly sees him as the enemy.
1 year ago
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Very moving to tribute. I'm still in shock.
1 year ago
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Rest in Peace Vince.... we will miss you.
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