Minneapolis, MN — Best-selling author Vince Flynn, 47, died of prostate cancer today.
Flynn is best known for his series of thrillers featuring protagonist Mitch Rapp, a CIA undercover counter-terrorist operative. “Flynn’s books have sold more than 15 million copies in the United States and millions more worldwide.”
Flynn originally aspired to be a Marine Corps aviator but was discharged from the service for medical reasons. He self-published his first book, Term Limits, in 1997, which later became a New York Times bestseller. Flynn struggled with dyslexia throughout his life which made reading and writing a challenge, but nonetheless wrote that book during the day while working as a bartender at night. The rest is history. The 14th Mitch Rapp novel, The Survivor, is scheduled to be published this fall.
According to Flynn’s website, his novels were highly respected throughout the US government: “Read by current and former presidents, foreign heads of state, and intelligence professionals around the world, Flynn’s novels are taken so seriously one high-ranking CIA official told his people, ‘I want you to read Flynn’s books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror.’”
In 2011, Flynn, a father of three, announced that he had been diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer. In a 2012 interview, Flynn recommended that men diagnosed with prostate cancer should “stay positive … never surrender, and find the professionals that can help you beat the disease.”
Flynn also consulted on the Fox TV show 24.
The 11th book in the spy series, American Assassin, is heading to the big screen with Chris Hemsworth reportedly playing the lead role of Mitch Rapp. The novel serves as a prequel to how college student Mitch Rapp ultimately becomes one of the world’s best terrorist hunters. The director is Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who helms Homeland on Showtime.
Were you a fan of the works of prolific author Vince Flynn who tragically succumbed to prostate cancer?