Vince Flynn: An appreciation, with regrets

  • Article by: Albert Eisele
  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 6:29 PM

An appreciation, with regrets, of author Vince Flynn.

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dr4golfJun. 28, 13 6:52 PM

Well, wouldn't you know. Tommies get back at the Johnnies at the end of the day. Dang it! Thanks for sharing this. Your humility is admirable.

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kilofoxJun. 28, 1310:25 PM

Vince was a super author. He will be missed.

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orpheus90Jun. 28, 1310:49 PM

Frankly, I have wonder if a former press secretary for Vice President Walter Mondale didn't cringe a bit at Flynn's hard right sensibility.

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judyborgerJun. 29, 13 1:05 PM

What a treat to read that my first novel was rejected by the same agent, Albert Eisele, who rejected Vince Flynn's first. Much to his credit, Mr. Eisele writes a very nice, personal rejection letter worth keeping . He did show my manuscript to one editor, who declined, causing Al to write "I like your novel and think it's definitely publishable ... but I have a number of authors I'm committed to ... additional new responsibilities will make it difficult if not impossible to devote the time and energy necessary to serve you well." Al is a class act.

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iceman3Jun. 29, 13 1:21 PM

Mr. Eisele write the classic back-handed compliment. After telling a "facts only" rendition of his rejection of Flynn's first novel, he then summarized this way. "wish I hadn't let my superior knowledge fo teh Washington milieu mislead me.." an reject the book. REALLY Mr. Eisele....? So you're not saying the book was good, even now. You are still clinging to the fact that Vince didn't "get it right" but that we, the great unwashed just happened to love it anyway? Keep your laments to yourself next time.

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tanstaafl707Jul. 1, 13 1:08 PM

Either you have a faulty memory, or Vince dramatically changed his first version of his first book. Term Limits was not about Islamic Terrorists taking out three politicians. In case someone reading this hasn't read Term Limits, I won't be a spoiler. In contemplating that the first version actually may have had a different theme, I want to thank whoever might have influenced him to rewrite it. It is one of my very favorite books and I can't imagine I would have gotten so hooked on him if that first one wasn't exactly what it was - a condemnation of politics as usual.

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