What's Your Story: Kevin Skelly


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!!!