Many readers will be saddened to hear that author Vince Flynn has died. They may also be surprised to learn that he was only 47 years old. Given the number of his bestsellers on library shelves, I pictured a much older man - perhaps a retired military officer who used his years of intelligence experience to craft successful espionage thrillers.
Actually Flynn was working in commercial real estate when he began writing his first novel "Term Limits." After receiving 60 rejection letters from publishers, Flynn decided to self-publish the book in 1997. It was a hit, and Flynn soon had both an agent and a deal with a traditional publisher.
His subsequent 14 novels feature undercover counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp. Rapp is a nonconformist tough guy who battles foreign and domestic terrorists. Flynn was often praised for realism in his books. In "Memorial Day," the level of detail earned him a security review from the Pentagon.
If the popularity of Vince Flynn at SLCL is any indication, he made a good choice when he decided to quit his real estate job and take up a writing career.
--Jennifer A., Headquarters