What's Your Story: Slaven Tomasi

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Please share some of your background
Former Marine and current Respiratory Care Practitioner.

When did you start reading Mitch Rapp?
Started by finding a random book in a bin at an airport on my way to Afghanistan. The book was Extreme Measures and it sat in my bag for a few weeks until I needed something other than working out and sleep during my down time. I quickly read that book and then had to wait a horrible few weeks until my unit convoyed to a larger base from the small, middle of nowhere place we were at and was able to get some agonizing slow wi-fi and download all the current books in the series at the time. Did some research and read them first in publishing order, then again in chronological order.

Which books is your favorite/why?
Oh man. I can’t pick one. I’ll try and do my best and most my top 3, in no particular order. American Assassin, Consent to kill, and Order to Kill.

Do you have a favorite character and why?
Is this a serious question? Ok Besides Mitch Rapp, I love and miss Stan Hurley.

If you could be any character in Vince's novels, who would it be and why?
Again, Mitch. The world needs more people like Mitch defending this great country. I did my best as a Marine. But in today’s crazy world, I wish I could have done more.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Mitch Rapp, Vince or Kyle?
I’ve had an amazing opportunity to meet Kyle, he is such a great guy and look forward to seeing him again if I get the opportunity.

What's Your Story: Barbara K.

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Background
I am a wife of 48 years to the best mam I know! We have six children, three girls and three boys, and six grandchildren, three girls and three boys. I read many books and I have a few authors that I love to read and I read their books over and over again.

When did you start reading Vince?
I am not sure exactly when, but I downloaded the first book on iTunes and I could not get enough of Vince's Books! We will miss him very much!  

Do you have a favorite book?
How can you pick just one book? I love every one of them! And I will keep reading them over and over. 

Who is your favorite character?
I love Mitch Rapp, and also like Irene Kennedy.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
A very strong and handsome man who has been through a lot just too keep the people in the world safe from people who are trying to do great harm to good people. 

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
I think I would like to be one of Mitch's friend.  Someoe he can talk to and know whatever he said will be keept between the two of us.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Just that Vince was taken way too soon from his family and readers.

What's Your Story: Jen S.

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***SPOLIER ALERT***  If you have not read Consent To Kill there are spoilers in this profile.

Background
I am a Pre-K Special Education Itinerant teacher.

When did you start reading Vince?
Last year. I kept hearing about Vince Flynn from listening to Rush Limbaugh . He said that Mr. Flynn encouraged him to write the "Rush Revere" stories. Mitch Rapp sounded like a really interesting guy, so I had the chance to read one of the books for free (Transfer of Power). I was hooked and had to start from the beginning (because I'm just compulsive that way). It took me three months to read all of the books, but when I finished, I felt a letdown, like I don't want this to end!!!

Do you have a favorite book?
Honestly, I like them all, but if I have a favorite, it's The Survivor.  I like The Survivor because there was a glimmer of hope that Mitch would move on from the death of Anna, that he would try not to become the next Stan Hurley.

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch is my favorite character. He's tough, strong and takes no prisoners. He's brave. At the same time, he's got a tender, sensitive side that he doesn't show the world.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
I can't think of anyone in particular (probably because I don't like or know too many actors today who could do this part well, though we'll see who they cast in "American Assassin.) I see someone very tall, very dark, tough, strong and intelligent.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Irene Kennedy. She's intelligent, attractive and poised. I have a feeling the average person never knows what she's thinking. She plays "close to the vest."

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Just that I enjoy them and can't wait for the next one.

What's Your Story: Jeff Harris

Background
I am a former Marine and Retired Army Sergeant First Class. I also worked as a Protective Security Specialist with Academi (Blackwater) and am currently on the standby list for SOC LLC, while pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Counterintelligence studies.

When did you start reading Vince?
I started reading from Term Limits.

Do you have a favorite book?
I am Still working on the series.

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch Rapp, makes the story/series intriguing.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
A melting pot of many comrades and friends.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Mitch Rapp, for his struggles and challenges.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
I thank Vince for creating Mitch, a modern American version of James Bond.

What's Your Story: Bill

Background
I am the World's Most Traveled Man. Google it. I hold the record of visiting the most UNESCO sites. 

When did you start reading Vince?
With the first book.

Do you have a favorite book?
Actually, I like the latest, The Survivor.

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch Rapp.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
Drew Brees

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Mitch Rapp.

What's Your Story: James

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Background
I am the director of football development and team chaplain at Duke University.

When did you start reading Vince?
2009.

Do you have a favorite book?
ALL OF THEM.

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch Rapp because he reminds me of a great linebacker.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
It's more of what, like a great football game with no rules.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Stan Hurley, because he has a unique way of mentoring in his own awkward way.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
Keep writing and I will keep reading.

What's Your Story: Richard

Background
I spent 36 years working for the DoD.  My last position was working for a 4-star admiral.  I'm sure there are some real life Mitch Rapp's out there.  Think I met a couple.  

When did you start reading Vince?
I heard a radio talk show host (Neal Borts) talking about the books.  So, started reading somewhere around 2005.   Hooked from the first book I read.

Do you have a favorite book?
Memorial Day is my favorite book, but have loved all of them. 

Who is your favorite character?
Irene Kennedy.   But Mitch is also a favorite.  

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
I picture Mitch Rapp looking like the former NFL football player Tim Tebow. 

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Scott Coleman. Former Navy Seal.  

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
Some of the Vince Flynn characters strike an uncanny resemblance to real-life people I knew and met in my DoD career.  I'm sure Vince interviewed some of the real-life people and patterned his characters after them Scott Coleman is a lot like a real life guy with the first name of Eric.   

What's Your Story: Cheryl W.

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Background
I am a Political Science/U.S. History junkie, when I read Vince's books it seems like going to a psychic, he has had so many insights for America to consider and learn from. As a military spouse of 42 years, I have seen how dedicated our people in the services are. Yes, I've read and retread all his books. I am SO sad at his death, but who knows maybe he is out there helping our Special Forces now, with his great love for America.

When did you start reading Vince?
1999, when my husband was serving in Bosnia.

Do you have a favorite book?
Term Limits, because it mirrors reality in Washington, DC and the corrupt atmosphere that good people have to deal with. 

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch is my favorite character of course, because he is always one step ahead of his enemies' game.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
Kiefer Sutherland or Ben Affleck.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
I would like to be his mother!

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
After all my years dealing w the armed forces, I know Vince had a huge impact on our national security, both by his books and as an help to our Special Forces and CIA. THANK YOU VINCE FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT TOO!!!

What's Your Story: Oswaldo R.

Background
My name is Oswaldo and I am an avid reader and book collector. I also have an online used book selling business that is doing amazingly well. I work full-time in the security business. My love for reading and collecting good thrillers has led me to amass a book collection in hardcover of only the best writers in the world. Mr. Vince Flynn was one of those writers. I have his entire Mitch Rapp series in hardcover,which I keep in pristine condition, proudly displayed on my main bookshelf in my personal library at home.

When did you start reading Vince?
I started reading Vince Flynn's novels in 2000. 

Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite Vince Flynn book is Transfer Of Power (I love all of his books).

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch Rapp is my favorite character. Why? Because he kicks butt and his style of taking care of the bad guys is like no other. 

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
I envision Gerard Butler when I read the Vince Flynn novels, because I think he would be perfect for the movie role of Mitch Rapp. 

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
I would like to be Mike Nash and be a friend of Mitch Rapp. 

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
I  truly believe that we were all very privileged and lucky to have had the opportunity to have been able to enjoy such a great series like the Mitch Rapp series and were even more luckier to have had  Vince Flynn as a writer. He truly was one of the best writers in America. He will forever be loved and missed by us, his fans. 

What's Your Story: Michael Ian Black

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Background
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who currently appears on Another Period, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He just released a new book titled Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird).

When did you start reading Vince?
I’m not sure. I may have picked up a book in the airport in 2010 or 2011. Despite the fact that I am a comedian by trade, I love to read international thrillers, spy books, assassin books, and books about geopolitical mayhem. Perhaps I secretly fancy myself a secret action hero. 

Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite is probably Separation of Power, if only because I think it’s the first one I read. I loved the whole Mitch Rapp universe, and as soon as I read my first, I started seeking out the others and devouring them. I think I read them all within six months. 

Who is your favorite character?
The obvious answer is Mitch, but I’m going to go with Irene Kennedy because I love strong, powerful women - probably the same reason Judi Dench is my favorite Q in the James Bond series. I also love that she’s always got Mitch’s back; everybody wants that kind of loyalty in their lives, be it professional or personal. 

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
First choice is obviously going to be me. I think I can do it, despite the fact that I am 44, out of shape, and, at best, a weakling. Nor can I describe myself as a “world-class triathlete.” But I’ve got a winning attitude. If not me, how about Channing Tatum? He’d be great. But only if I can be in it, too. I’m not going to just hand over the part to Channing and not get anything out of it for myself. 

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Honestly, I’d probably one of the nameless nerds at the CIA behind the computer screen who says things like, “I’ve almost cracked the encryption,” or maybe a second-in-command terrorist. Not the main terrorist, but one of the guys who gets killed right before the main guy. I think I’d make a good second-in-command terrorist.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
Just that I’m thrilled Mitch Rapp lives and will continue to read the world Vince created for as long as there are more books to read. 

What's Your Story: Joe Murray

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Background
I am a 35 year old detective and have been with the Philadelphia Police Department for over 15 years. An avid reader and a terrible golfer.

When did you start reading Vince?
I started reading Term Limits and was hooked. As a cop in a big city, politics and bureaucracy really resonated with me. I was hooked from the first page.

Do you have a favorite book?
I think Transfer of Power is my favorite because it set the tone for who Mitch Rapp is. When the rape almost happened I was begging for him to act and when he did, it established his character in a big way.

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch Rapp obviously but Kennedy is another favorite. She is fiercely intelligent and has integrity.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
I envision my own amalgamation of different people. He is one-of-a-kind so to put an actor to his character isn't fair because no one is cool enough.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Come on...Mitch Rapp. I would not want to be Kennedy because I could not in good conscience send a friend into dangerous situations knowing they could die. I'd much rather shoulder the burden myself.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
I enjoy writing and wrote my own detective/crime novel. One thing that always resonated with me was when Vince talked about shopping Term Limits and getting rejected over and over again. His resilience made me like him before I even read his books. To know he fought for his work showed me he believed in it and therefore, I believed in it. I am looking forward to Kyle Mills picking up the franchise and moving it forward. He has the same confidence as Vince and he respects the series and its fans.

What's Your Story: Parth Josi

Background
I am a 25-year old student studying masters in Computer Science. I am addicted to reading. I especially love to read spy and assassin novels. I love music and travelling.

When did you start reading Vince?
I started reading Vince about 2 month agos with American Assassin. And I fell in love with it. Writing, story, character, high action. All in one. After that, I couldn't stop reading and in just these two month I have already read 7 and now on to next.

Do you have a favorite book?
Kill Shot.  "There is nothing more dangerous than a wounded Mitch Rapp."

Who is your favorite character?
Definitely Mitch - The "Iron Man!" Highly Skilled, deadly assassin. What can be better than seeing terrorist afraid of him.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
I can almost envision every character, but when it comes to Mitch I have find it very tough to envision any actor. The character is so well written that it is very tough to envision someone playing Mitch Rapp.

If you could be any character in the Mitch Rapp series, who would it be and why?
Marcus Dumond. Marcus likes to toy with computers. As a tech geek, so do I.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
After reading what I thought was the last book in Mitch Rapp series I was very sad. Vince had created the best action-packed novels and I thought there would be no more Mitch Rapp action. But when I found out that Kyle Mills will continue Vince's legacy, I was on cloud nine.  Mitch Rapp is back in action again, ohh I love it! 

What's Your Story: MIchael Williams

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Background
I am a retired US Army Sergeant Major.  I retired on June 14th, 2011, the Army's Birthday.  Since then, I have embarked on my second career where I am with the U.S. Government. I cannot really go into it very much.

When did you start reading Vince?
In 2011, I listened to the audio version of Protect and Defend.  I cannot get enough of the Mitch Rapp series.  I have now listened to all of them, except The Survivor, which I have pre-ordered. 

Do you have a favorite book?
American Assassin because it gives the "making" of America's top counter terrorism operative.

Who is your favorite character?
Other than Mitch Rapp, my favorite character is retired Navy Seal Scott Coleman because the way Mr. Flynn portrayed him is spot on and I can relate to Scott's background.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
If the movie is ever made, please don't get Tom Cruise to play Mitch Rapp.  I envision in Mitch's later years someone like Jason Statham, but in his younger years perhaps someone like Channing Tatum.

If you could be any character in Vince's novels, who would it be and why?
I would be Stan Hurley because as an Army Sergeant Major, some of my training techniques were akin to Stan's.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
Its been two years since Mr. Flynn's passing and I still wish his family with much prayers and Godspeed.

What's Your Story: Robert Stevens

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**SPOILER ALERT:  IF YOU HAVE NOT READ CONSENT TO KILL THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS PROFILE**

Background
Retired football player, mentor, two-time self-published author. Truck and sports apparel company  owner. 

When did you start reading Vince?
I started to read Vince Flynn novels back in 2014.

Do you have a favorite book?
Being a truck driver I need something that would keep me stimulated while driving. I have purchased all of Vince's novel and listened to all of them more than four times each.  The one that stands out is  Consent to Kill. It's gritty and the way George Guidall portrays Mitch when he discovered Anna had been murdered nearly brought tears to my eyes.

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch of course and Irene. They reminded me of Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd from Moonlighting back in the 80's, but without the romance. They have that rapport and respect for one another and they protect each other as well.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
Again, Bruce Willis while he played as McClane. He gets shot at, stabbed,  punched and other body damaged but he keeps coming until the job is done. 

If you could be any character in Vince's novels, who would it be and why?
Mitch, hands down. because the integrity the high morals he possessed in which I live with every day.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
I was truly heartbroken when Mr. Flynn passed away, he left us way too soon.

What's Your Story: Sheila Berklund

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Background
Mother of 4 (32, 33, 46 & 47) and Grandmother of 4 (14, 15, 16, 18). Married for almost 35 years. (Thank you Lord!) Retired from 18 years as an Educational Assistant and 6 years as a postal clerk.

When did you start reading Vince?
My youngest son, Adam, found out he had ADD in high school, so he wasn't much of a reader, unless he had too. The summer after his freshman year in college, he was living at home working his summer job at Reeds Sunnyside Marina in Balsam Lake, WI. I noticed a book in his room. I asked him what he was reading. It was one of Vince's books. He said he met him when they put in his dock at his lake place. It impressed me. When I got an email from Once Upon a Crime bookstore, (the BEST little bookstore in the twin cities!) that Vince was doing a book signing, I went. As I got up to him, I stuck out my hand and said that I wanted to shake the hand of the author who got my son reading in the summer. Then I said he put in your dock at the lake. Vince said, "Oh, Adam." I was stunned that he knew his name just like that. He signed the book with the message, "Thanks for taking such good care of us, Adam." Sure made this Mother feel good. That made me a fan for life.

Do you have a favorite book?
That's like asking which one of your children is your favorite. I like them all.

Who is your favorite character?
Mike Nash. A protégé of Mitch Rapp would have to be a great character.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
I think of a person who is proud of his country and wants to do what's right.

If you could be any character in Vince's novels, who would it be and why?
His cleaning lady. :)

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
Please keep Vince's books in the public eye so he won't be forgotten. We, his fans, miss him a lot. He was a fine young man.
 

What's Your Story: Steven H.

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Background
I'm a senior at BYU-Idaho majoring in communications. I was born legally blind, so I listen to a lot of audio books. I was assigned to read a passage from a book of my choosing for a speech
class during my freshman year of college. I read the ending of "Consent to Kill. " To prepare for my speech, I'd listen to George Guidall's narration of the audio book. When it was my time to present I had everything pretty much memorized the character voices, the pauses, which words to emphasize and so forth. My teacher was so impressed that he actually gave me a special edition signed copy of "The Last Man" which is a treasured addition to my bookshelf.

I've re-read all of Flynn's books countless times, and I traditionally read Memorial Day every May and save the action packed conclusion for Memorial Day, because nothing beats escaping into a good book during a holiday break.

When did you start reading Vince?
Steven is legally blind Mitch Rapp fan, who memorized the closing of Consent To Kill by listening to George Guidall's narration for his college speech class.  His teacher was so impressed by his performance that Steven receI received Consent to Kill on CD as a Christmas gift when I was in high school.ved a special gift.

Do you have a favorite book?
"Consent to Kill" because it was the first Vince Flynn book I read. "Transfer of Power" is a close second choice. That book had a great story line.

Who is your favorite character?
Aside from Mitch Rapp I like Louie Gould.

"Consent to Kill" was the first book I read so it's special to me. I was always hoping Gould would reappear in a later book. I was pleasantly surprised when he showed up in "The Last Man."

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
Kiefer Sutherland because Jack Bauer and Mitch Rapp are very similar in the way they operate.

I'm a big fan of 24!

I think Matt Damon would be a good Mitch for the movies (which I am counting on Hollywood doing) if Kiefer isn't an option.

If you could be any character in Vince's novels, who would it be and why?
Mitch Rapp or Louie Gould because their storylines are action packed!

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
Reading is one of my passions in life. I have always enjoyed the Vince Flynn audio books. I think George Guidall does an excellent job with the narration of the series.

A good narrator can really bring a book to life.

I miss Vince Flynn very much, but I am looking forward to the rest of the Mitch Rapp story. I am particularly interested in the story behind the scar Rapp from Rafique Aziz.

What's Your Story: Alex Randazzo

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Background
I am 17 years old and made the following video as an audition video for playing Mitch Rapp

When did you start reading Vince?
My father has read Vince Flynn since I was young, and I used to sneak into his office at night to read the books until he said I was old enough to read them. 

Do you have a favorite book?
American Assassin is my favorite book because of the background it gives on Mitch. 

Who is your favorite character?
Mitch Rapp, I would like to play him in the film. 

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
Myself, I have a similar background in sports, and have the body/physic as well as military training to pull of playing him. 

What's Your Story: Charlotte Townsend

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Background
I am a 73 year old great grandma.  I am also a retired army wife.  My husband served 20 years in the army. Served in Vietnam.  Our 3 children traveled the world with us...Germany, France, Malawi Africa.   It was a great life.  Being a tough army wife has made me a champion of the harsh Buffalo winters, and their sports teams.  I am a true fan.

When did you start reading Vince?
I started reading Vince's books around 2000.  I have been hooked ever since. My family reads a lot and we trade books all the time,  but Vince Flynn books are keepers.  

Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite book is The Third Option....I love the interaction between Rapp and Kennedy.

Who is your favorite character?
Of Course it is Rapp, but I relate to Irene Kennedy too  Such a strong woman with a soft side.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
When I think of Rapp, I envision Vince Flynn. A  good looking man with strength and a real fighter.

If you could be a character in a Vince Flynn novel, who would you be? 
Definitely Irene Kennedy.  We need more women like her in Washington. A woman who doesn't back down, and who will work for the good of America, not for power  or to line her own pockets.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
With a tear in my eyes, I miss Vince.  He has brought such happiness to me ,in reading his books.... I do look forward to Kyle Mills taking over the story line.  When I heard he was chosen to take over Rapp, I went out and bought all of his books and I am a fan.

What's Your Story: Kevin Skelly

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Background
I am a 26 year old relocation consultant from Brookfield, CT.  I am an avid sports fan and played both football and lacrosse growing up (the latter like Mitch Rapp).  I come from a fairly large family 3 siblings (2 sisters, 1 brother) and we are incredibly close.  I have 2 nieces that are adorable, and bring joy to my life and a smile to my face every time I am with them.  I love to read and I joined fan club last year! 

When did you start reading Vince?
I started reading Vince on a trip down to FL in '12.  We were in the airport in the lounge waiting for the flight, and I was bored.  I went into one of the shops and perused the book rack.  I am naturally attracted to shows/movies about the spy game and/or the military, so naturally Vince's American Assassin caught my eye.  And what a perfect book to start with of his!

Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite book of Vince's has to be the original and that is American Assassin.  I also loved Consent to Kill.

Who is your favorite character?
My favorite character is Mitch Rapp.  He is so self-assured, but for good reason.  He is intelligent, humble (at the right times), skeptical of authority to downright insubordinate, and a true patriot.  I also love the forever stoic Irene Kennedy.  Never lets pressure get to her, and her detractors never get under her skin.  That is such an enviable quality, and patience like that is truly a virtue.

Who do you envision when you read about Mitch Rapp? 
I picture Taylor Kitsch.  He has played the military/enforcer role before, but also the cocky playboy role.  He would make an excellent Mitch.

If you could be a character in a Vince Flynn novel, who would you be? 
I think that answer would have to be Stan Hurley.  He has served this country honorably for so long, and is still involved in retirement.  His temperament matches mine sometimes (or the way I wish I could be).  He is a badass, even at nearly 80.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Vince and his novels?
These books have brought such joy to my life.  I laugh out loud when reading them, and have shed tears as well.  I cannot describe the sadness I feel that this series will not go on with its original writer.  I hope the author they bring in to do this next book does the series justice, because Vince Flynn was a true artist!  RIP Vince!  You brought so many years of happiness to so many people and fought the disease that eventually took your life with such valor and courage.  Thank you again buddy!!!