What's Your Story: Phil


Please share some of your background:
Born in Birmingham, AL in 1947. Graduated from high school and decided to go to a tech school instead of college. Graduated from tech school at the top of my class and went to work for Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. Worked on military programs for 27 years. Transferred to the Temple, Texas facility in 1995 where they built laptops and printers. That business unit was sold to Acer America Corp. (laptops) and Genicom Corp. (printers) in 1997. I transitioned to Acer. Acer downsized in 2000 and I worked in several different jobs until I retired in 2011. Lost my wife of 42 years in 2012. Started dating a lady from Georgetown, TX and found my first Vince Flynn novel in The Georgetown Library. That was Term Limits. Read that and picked up American Assassin next. Found the website ans started reading the rest of the books in chronological order until I had read them all. Since then I have acquired and read them all, through Red War. Now I'm waiting for the next one with baited breath! Write faster, Kyle!

When did you start reading Mitch Rapp? 
In 2012 after my wife died.

Which book is your favorite/why?
That's a toss-up between Memorial Day and The Last Man, with Enemy Of The State a close third. The first two just seemed to be non-stop edge-of-your-seat action and suspense. Enemy Of The State was good on those counts as well, but not quite as gripping.

Do you have a favorite character and why?  
Scott Coleman. He's a Seal, after all. So, it goes without saying that he is a bad ass, but he's just a bit less reckless as Mitch, but just as gung-ho. Sorta like the person you would expect Mitch's older brother to be, if he had one.

If you could be any character in Vince's novels, who would it be and why?
Without a doubt, Scott Coleman. I have nothing but admiration and very deep respect for the Seals, plus my dad was Navy in WWII as well as my father-in-law and I respected them deeply.

Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Mitch Rapp, Vince or Kyle?  
I sure miss Vince. I suffer with prostate issues like him, but there is no cancer, thank God. I lost my wife unexpectedly to cancer and nobody should have to suffer that kind of death. Kyle, keep up the good work, I gotta have my Mitch Rapp fix!

I've read the entire series, from Term Limits to Red war at least four times (only twice for Red War, but I haven't had time to read it again). I guess that will be the next read unless the new book comes out before I can get started.