When did you start reading Mitch Rapp?
I learned about Vince Flynn and his amazing character Mitch Rapp while serving on a SSBN (submarine). I was looking for books to take underway with me to keep myself busy while deployed and a buddy of mine recommended a few books, especially Vince's. I took him up on an offer and I have been hooked ever since.
Which books is your favorite/why?
My favorite (while hard to pick, they are all great) has to be Transfer of Power or Term Limits. Transfer of Power is a book that allows you to understand the emotion and feelings because it's an attack on the United States. Everyone knows the White House and what it stands for and an attack on the President himself and a national monument hits home. Term Limits lacks Rapp, but gives you a sense of what might really be happening behind the scenes and makes you really think.
Do you have a favorite character and why?
Obviously for reasons that don't need to be said, Mitch Rapp is my favorite. I love that he his a severely dedicated person that wants nothing to preserve what this country has fought for. He is the epitome of a real American hero and nothing can make me think otherwise. His path has taken him everywhere, cost him everything (Anna) and we've seen a real growth from the kid from Syracuse to the more modern books.
If you could be any character in Vince's novels, who would it be and why?
I would want to be Mike Nash. I would love to be able to serve with someone so dedicated and brilliant at their craft. I have no problem being the sidekick to help solving some of the world's worst problems.
Is there anything else you would like to share relating to Mitch Rapp, Vince or Kyle?
These books helped me deal with a lot. While deployed on a submarine, your mind tends to wonder about what is going on in real life while you're submerged hundreds of feet underwater. I started dealing with a little bit of depression and anxiety and these were the key to allowing me to escape the monotony of daily life deployed and relax.