Vince Flynn was a novelist. He Wrote fiction about a CIA assassin named Mitch Rapp. Many great novelists have come and gone; among those writing today, Flynn was one of the best. Novel readers all have their favorite writer. Vince Flynn was mine. If you are a fan of Flynn’s Mitch Rapp books you know what I am talking about.
I worked in the clandestine intelligence world for seven years during my U.S. Army career. I had the honor and the privilege of working with many of America’s finest intelligence operatives. Flynn had a way of capturing their qualities and synthesizing them into his characters.
What also endeared Flynn to his fans is the way he interacted with them. He published there letters and their pictures of where they were when they read one of his books. He invited them to help him build a list of all the characters that he had referred to in his books. He cared about his fans.
I only hope that Flynn’s books make it to the big screen with the right script, actors and director.
RIP Vince and thanks for everything.
You can read my column about Mitch Rapp (here).
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For those who oppose President Barack Obama, it’s easy to make him the force behind what’s transforming America. I suspect, however, that history will view him as a bit player. What historians more likely will highlight is the evolving role of government surveillance. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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When I was an analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency in the early 1980s we used to say that if grains of sand on a beach were bits of intelligence information Moscow would send a large bulldozer onto the beach and scoop up as much as it could. Beijing, on the other hand, would send a million Chinese and each person would put a handful of sand in their pocket. The Chinese, for all their progress, haven’t changed; that’s how they hack into U.S. networks and steal U.S. military and trade secrets. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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President Obama’s fundamental disregard for the nature of Islamic terrorism, no doubt, has Islamist-jihadists around the world cheering. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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The trifecta of scandals plaguing President Obama and his administration will get a lot worse before they get better, casting a paralytic pall over his second term and greatly reducing the likelihood American voters will coronate Hillary Clinton as his successor. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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The testimony this week of three senior State Department officials before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee could provide information that will blow the Benghazi scandal wide open, or will it be a dud? As reported by Fox News, appearing before the committee will be three career State Department officials: Gregory N. Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi terrorist attacks; Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau; and Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, the top security officer in the country in the months leading up to the attacks. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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April 21, 2013 • 10:21 AM
I listened to former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani on Fox News after Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s capture say that Americans should leave worrying about terrorists to law enforcement and our intelligence services and just go about living our lives. I disagree, and I’m surprised that the Mayor of New York on 9/11/01 would say that. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is the perfect example of what will happen when rogue regimes acquire nuclear weapons. They use them to intimidate their enemies, extort concessions from those that will negotiate with them, and sell the technology to the highest bidder. Regime change or war is the only way to stop them. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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March 24, 2013 • 11:00 AM
The United States has fought three counterinsurgency wars in the past half century, all of which have or are about to turn out less than resoundingly victorious, to say the least. You would think America would get the hang of counterinsurgency warfare, getting it right eventually; but there are lessons American political leaders never learn. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)
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