Novelist Vince Flynn, best known for his CIA thrillers, died on June 19 at age 47. Flynn had been diagnosed with stage three metastatic prostate cancer in 2010. He died Wednesday morning at United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Over 15 million copies of Vince Flynn books have sold in the United States. Mr. Flynn wrote 14 books, that’s about one book a year since his first self-published book “Term Limits,” in 1997. All but that first book featured his protagonist Mitch Rapp, who, according to the Vince Flynn website, “works at the CIA’s Counter terrorism unit although officially he is not connected with the agency as he completes their “off the book” jobs doing whatever it takes to keep the free world safe.”
According to the website Flynn’s novels are “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’”.
His fans include George W. Bush, who called Flynn “a little too accurate” and one time grilled Flynn on where he got his information. His 2004 novel “Memorial Day” includes a raid very similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. “It used to astound even me,” Flynn said of his “clairvoyance.” All he did, he said, was “connect the dots. I just look at what’s going on in the world”.
Flynn is survived by his wife, Lysa, and three children.