Vince Flynn (born 1966) is a best-selling American author of political thriller novels. He lives with his wife and three children in the Twin Cities. He was a frequent guest on the Glenn Beck program on the Fox News Channel. He also served as a story consultant for the fifth season of the 24 television series.
Vince Flynn is a graduate of Saint Thomas Academy (1985) and the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) (1989). Post graduation, Flynn went to work for Kraft Foods as an account and sales marketing specialist. In 1991, he left Kraft 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. 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."
His newfound interest in such novels 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. "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.
Subsequent works, including Flynn's 1999 novel, Transfer of Power, his 2000 novel The Third Option and his 2001 novel Separation of Power, also appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, with Separation of Power reaching as high as #7.
Flynn's fifth novel, Executive Power, was published in hardcover by Atria Books in May 2003, followed by his sixth novel Memorial Day in 2004, his seventh novel Consent To Kill in October 2005, his eighth novel Act Of Treason in October 2006, his ninth novel Protect And Defend in 2007 and his tenth novel Extreme Measures in 2008.
With the exception of his first novel Term Limits, his works have centered around counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp. His 2008 release, Extreme Measures became the ninth novel in that increasingly popular 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. This security review was also mentioned in internal memos by the FBI and Secret Service.
Flynn has written six New York Times bestsellers for Atria Books, and has a contract for four more. He remembers deciding between following the path that was the most uncomfortable — continuing with what looked to be a promising career as a commercial real estate leasing agent — or take a big risk and start a new career as a writer. “I look back on it now and I couldn’t be happier with my decision, but at the time I remember a lot of people thought I was nuts."
In February 2008, Flynn agreed on film and book projects with CBS Corporation units CBS Films and Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is negotiating to produce Mitch Rapp films. Atria Books got worldwide rights to four books by the author.
Mitch Rapp, as portrayed by the author, is an under-cover CIA counter-terrorism agent. The primary focus of the character is thwarting Muslim terrorist attacks on the United States and he is presented as an aggressive operative who is willing to take measures that are more extreme than might be considered commonly acceptable. His constant frustration with procedures and red tape are a major theme throughout the entire series. Profanity and adult themes are common, so the series is recommended for mature audiences.
- Term Limits (1997) - ISBN 0-671-02317-9
- Transfer of Power (1999) - ISBN 0-671-02319-5
- The Third Option (2000) - ISBN 0-671-04731-0
- Separation of Power (2001) - ISBN 0-671-04733-7
- Executive Power (2003) - ISBN 0-7434-5395-6
- Memorial Day (2004) - ISBN 0-7434-5397-2
- Consent to Kill (2005) - ISBN 0-7432-7036-3
- Act of Treason (2006) - ISBN 0-7432-7037-1
- Protect and Defend (2007) - ISBN 978-0-7432-7041-0
- Extreme Measures (2008) - ISBN 0-7432-7042-8
- Pursuit of Honor (2009) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9516-8
- American Assassin (2010) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9518-2
- Kill Shot (2012) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9520-5
- The Last Man (2012) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9521-2
- The Survivor (2013)
Chronological Order Of The Mitch Rapp Storyline 
The Mitch Rapp story begins with American Assassin, followed by Kill Shot, Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures, Pursuit of Honor and The Last Man (November 2012).
- American Assassin (Mitch Rapp #1)
- (2010) - ISBN 978-1416595182
- Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp #2)
- (February 7, 2012) - ISBN 978-1416595205
- Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #3)
- (1999) - ISBN 0-671-02319-5
- The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)
- (2000) - ISBN 0-671-04731-0
- Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #5)
- (2001) – ISBN 0671047337
- Executive Power (Mitch Rapp #6)
- (2002) - ISBN 0-7434-5395-6
- Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp #7)
- (2004) - ISBN 0-7434-5397-2
- Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp #8)
- (2005) - ISBN 0-7432-7036-3
- Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp #9)
- (2006) - ISBN 0-7432-7037-1
- Protect and Defend (Mitch Rapp #10)
- (2007) - ISBN 978-0743270410
- Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp #11)
- (2008) - ISBN 978-1416599395
- Pursuit of Honor (Mitch Rapp #12)
- (2009) - ISBN 978-1-4165-9516-8
- The Last Man (Mitch Rapp #13)
- (November 13, 2012) - ISBN 978-1416595212
- The Survivor (Mitch Rapp #14)
- (Fall 2013)
- Term Limits (not part of Mitch Rapp series)
- (1997) - ISBN 0-671-02317-9 : Not Part Of The Mitch Rapp Series
- "02.14.2008 CBS FILMS AND SIMON & SCHUSTER FILM AND PUBLISHING DEAL". CBS Corporation. 14 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 16 September 2008.
- Martha Zoller (3 November 2009). "Meet Vince Flynn". MarthaZoller.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- "02.14.2008 CBS FILMS AND SIMON & SCHUSTER FILM AND PUBLISHING DEAL". CBS Corporation. 14 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-02-19. Retrieved 14 February 2008.
- Andriani, Lynn (5 August 2010). "Vince Flynn to Co-Write New Series with Brian Haig". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
- Tillotson, Kristin (1 February 2011). "Vince Flynn has cancer". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
- Official Web Site
- Fantastic Fiction Author Page
- Internet Book List Author Page
- The World of Vince Flynn - TheThirdOption.net
- Audio Interview with Dr. Blogstein's Radio Happy Hour
- Transcript of interview with Hugh Hewitt
- Audio interview with Hugh Hewitt - part 1 of 3
- Audio interview with Hugh Hewitt - part 2 of 3
- Audio interview with Hugh Hewitt - part 3 of 3
- All about Vince Flynn Fan Site