Author Vince Flynn was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1966. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and went to work as an account and sales marketing specialist for Kraft Foods. In 1990, he accepted an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps, but was medically disqualified before starting the program. While writing his first book, Term Limits, which after receiving numerous rejections he self-published, he worked as a bartender. Term Limits, which is not part of the Mitch Rapp series, hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback. Since then his Mitch Rapp Novel series has become a perennial bestseller. Flynn was also a story consultant for the television series 24.