Agent Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top negotiator, makes his way to the White House after a group of terrorists has gained access by means of a violent massacre. The US president has been evacuated to his underground bunker, leaving Mitch to unravel a master scheme designed to undermine an entire nation.
The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.
After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist. In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up. While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.
Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits.
Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.
Term Limits hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback and started a trend for all of Flynn’s novels. Since then, his books have become perennial bestsellers in both paperback and hardcover.
Flynn was diagnosed with stage three metastic prostate cancer in November 2010. The fatigue from his radiatrion treatments eventually made it difficult to focus on writing for more than an hour or two, and in October 2011, he prostponed publication for several months of his 13th book “Kill Shot” which followed Rapp’s adventures as he pursued those responsible for the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie Scotland, in 1988.
Flynn lost his battle with prostate cancer and died in 2013 at 47. He is survived by his wife, Lysa Flynn and three children.