Review: American Assassin by Vince Flynn
Simon & Schuster, €15.50, Paperback
American best-selling writer Vince Flynn's CIA super-agent Mich Rapp has been laying waste to swathes of Middle Eastern terrorists in a series of modern swashbuckling adventures that began with Transfer of Power in 1999.
American Assassin, however, takes us back to the beginning, when a bright middle-class star college athlete called Rapp was transformed into a killing machine when Pan Am Flight 103 was blown apart over the Scottish village of Lockerbie killing 35 of his classmates, including his girlfriend.
Flynn does not do subtle -- this is action-packed, in-your-face, adrenalin-pumped super-hero macho escapist fiction that does exactly what it says on the label.