American Assassin is a vintage Vince Flynn novel, a prequel to his Rapp-Kennedy series. All of his books deal with the issue of terrorism and the methods needed to keep America safe. If you are looking for political correctness this is not the book to read. Mr. Flynn intertwines his fictional plots with real life political situations. Although there is much less political commentary in this novel than in the last two, this book is not completely devoid of politics. Flynn discusses the issue of torture, targeted assassinations, and the need for America to take an aggressive stance in fighting its enemies. NewsRealBlog had the pleasure of interviewing him about American Assassin. This is part 2 of that interview. Part 1 was published yesterday.
NewsRealBlog: The Rapp-Kennedy series consists of eleven books including American Assassin. Should people that have not read any books start with Transfer of Power after reading American Assassin?
Vince Flynn: Yes, definitely. I am thinking of numbering the books on the website. This series has gotten so big it would help track the order.
NRB: In writing Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor do you want your readers to understand that the CIA is the first line of defense against terrorism?
Flynn: A major theme in all my books is that the CIA is not only the first line of defense, but they should also be the first line of offense. I saw these Jihadists running around in the 80′s and 90′s screaming ‘Death to America’ and I thought to myself, we better go kill these guys before they kill us. That is our government’s first priority which is the National Security of its citizenry. Not whether or not we are liked by a group of intolerant religious zealots.