(April 6, 1966 – June 19, 2013)
I watch very little television and was probably one of the last people on the planet to learn of Vince’s death, after a three-year battle with cancer. The news left me feeling as though I’d lost a close friend.
My first introduction to Vince and his novels was on Glenn Beck’s show on FOX. I can’t remember which of his books he promoted at the time, but I bought it and I’ve been a mega fan ever since.
There are many authors I read and admire, but I had a particular affinity for Vince Flynn other than his masterful political thrillers. Perhaps it was his Irish charm and his conservative views on such shows as the aforementioned Beck show and occasional apearences on Sean Hannity’s nightly show on FOX.
Vince served as a story consultant for the fifth season of the 24 television series. In 1991, he decided to pursue a career as an aviator with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officer Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program. In an effort to overcome the difficulties of dyslexia, Flynn forced himself into a daily writing and reading regimen. His writing influencers included Hemingway, Ludlum, Clancy, Tolkien, Vidal, and Irving.
His interest in political thrillers motivated him to begin work on a novel of his own. While employed as a bartender in the St. Paul area, he completed his first book, Term Limits, which he then self-published after he’d received 60 rejection letters. "I had just finished reading The Government Racket: Washington Waste from A to Z, by Martin L. Gross. It is without a doubt the most disheartening and enlightening book about politics that I've ever read. I was out jogging one day wondering what it would take to really change Washington, when my thoughts turned to a friend who had been shot and killed in Washington, D.C., several summers earlier. As I continued running, a story started to unfold." Pocket Books published the hardcover edition of Term Limits in 1998, and the mass market paperback of Term Limits in 1999, which spent several weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.
With the exception of his first novel Term Limits, his works centered around counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp. His 2008 release, Extreme Measures became the ninth novel in the series. The level of specific detail displayed in the Mitch Rapp series at one point came under the scrutiny of the Department Of Energy. His sixth novel Memorial Day actually garnered a security review by the DOE due to concerns that the book contained classified material surrounding nuclear security.
In February 2008, Flynn agreed on film and book projects with CBS Corporation units CBS Films and Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. Lorenzo di Bonaventura was negotiating to produce Mitch Rapp films. Atria Books got worldwide rights to four books by the author. In August 2010, Flynn signed a two-book deal for a new series that he would have co-written with Brian Haig, a retired Army Lt. Colonel. He counted two U. S. Presidents among his fans; George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
My prayers go out to his family as they deal with his loss. He will be sorely missed. Not only for his writing but as a patriot and generally nice human being.
Novels by Vince Flynn:
1.Term Limits (1997) - ISBN 0-671-02317-9
2.Transfer of Power (1999) - ISBN 0-671-02319-5
3.The Third Option (2000) - ISBN 0-671-04731-0
4.Separation of Power (2001) - ISBN 0-671-04733-7
5.Executive Power (2003) - ISBN 0-7434-5395-6
6.Memorial Day (2004) - ISBN 0-7434-5397-2
7.Consent to Kill (2005) - ISBN 0-7432-7036-3
8.Act of Treason (2006) - ISBN 0-7432-7037-1
9.Protect and Defend (2007) - ISBN 978-0-7432-7041-0
10.Extreme Measures (2008) - ISBN 0-7432-7042-8
11.Pursuit of Honor (2009) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9516-8
12.American Assassin (2010) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9518-2
13.Kill Shot (2012) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9520-5
14.The Last Man (2012) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9521-2
15.The Survivor (2013)