Monday, November 7, 2011


OSINT News invites you to browse through our Spy Thriller Library- Vince Flynn section. We have read all his novels thus far and are impressed by his fictional character, Mitch Rapp. In 1990, Flynn left his job at Kraft Foods 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.

We admire Vince Flynn for his fortitude in battling dyslexia throughout his life. He forced himself into a daily writing and reading regimen. Quotes Flynn: "I started reading everything I could get my hands on, Hemingway, Ludlum, Clancy, Tolkien, Vidal. I read fiction, nonfiction, anything, but I especially loved espionage." OSINT News believes this stamina and willingness to battle the odds comes through in Flynn's main character, counter-terrorism case officer Mitch Rapp.

While employed as a bartender in the St. Paul area, he completed his first book, Term Limits, which he then self-published. You can find Term Limits in the Spy Thriller Library- Vince Flynn.  "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."

Vince Flynn continued after readers of Spy thriller genre flocked to the book stores to grab his series on Mitch Rapp: Transfer of Power (1999), The Third Option (2000), Separation of Power (2001), Executive Power (2003), Memorial Day (2004), Consent To Kill (2005), Act Of Treason (2006), Protect And Defend (2007) and Extreme Measures (2008).

Browse through OSINT News' Vince Flynn Spy Thriller Library

OSINT News is impressed with Flynn's attention to detail and wondered if he had inside information as to the inner workings of the Intelligence Community (IC). In fact, his sixth novel, Memorial Day, contained information that drove the Department Of Energy to launch a security review, since he wrote about classified material surrounding nuclear security. This security review was also mentioned in internal memos by the FBI and Secret Service.

Ironically, OSINT News, through the Association For Intelligence Officers (AFIO) attended Department Of Energy lectures at Creech Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the lectures were in-depth, mostly about the predator and reaper drones flown from the base, all the content was declassified. It is a wonder how Vince Flynn found the content about nuclear facilities...enought to make the DOE grow uneasy and launch their investigation. Could Flynn be deft at, and applied, OSINT-gathering techniques?

In August 2010, Flynn signed a two-book deal for a new series that he will co-write with Brian Haig, a retired Army Lt. Colonel. Unfortunately, on February 1, 2011, in his fan newsletter, Flynn announced that he was being treated for Stage III prostate cancer. We wish this great Spy thriller author the best of luck.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers  (AFIO) and writes about the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). A portion of Ad revenues generated on this site is donated to the AFIO. His ideas are his own and do not represent those of any organization he's a member of. Contact him on the secure Bpath Mail Form.

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