Ok, yes, I am a Mitch Rapp junkie, have been since 1999. A few months ago I became an official Mitch Rapp Ambassador (via the Vince Flynn website and newsletter) and one perk of this taskforce was being able to receive an Advance Reader’s Edition of this latest Rapp installment, The Survivor, written by Kyle Mills.
As a note, I did re-read The Last Man (2013), the final Rapp story penned by Vince Flynn before his untimely passing, as a bit of a comparative. So, upfront…while this is not Flynn, may he rest in peace…IMO it is hard to tell the difference as Mills obviously immersed himself in all things Mitch Rapp. He did extremely well keeping the style, pacing, flavor and feeling of Rapp in tact for the millions of die-hard fans who have enjoyed Rapp’s wild and heroic exploits over the years.
The Survivor does pick up where The Last Man left off, though you can read this one and not be lost. The CIA must, at all costs, recover classified information that was compromised when Joe “Rick” Rickman, long-tenured CIA black ops master in Afghanistan, went rogue and staged his own kidnapping and beating. He had really put the information and himself for sale to the Pakistanis. Rapp thought that he had ended the threat when he killed Rickman. Unfortunately, he was wrong.
From seemingly beyond the grave, a video from Rickman is delivered and reveals he knew way too much about way too many things he should not have known. As it says on the Vince Flynn website: “Now it’s a deadly race as both the Pakistanis and the Americans search for Rickman’s accomplices and the information they are slowly leaking to the world.” Uh-oh.
If you have been a Flynn/Rapp fan, rest assured, you should not be disappointed with Kyle Mills now writing the adventures. He expertly utilizes some of our favorite series characters in this intricately plotted thriller, including CIA Director Irene Kennedy, Rapp’s pal and former SEAL Team Six Commander Scott Coleman and Stan Hurley, Rapp’s trainer.
For those new to Rapp, the first published book about the counter-terrorism expert was Transfer of Power, in 1999, when I got hooked. After many rousing adventures Flynn gave us two books with some back story, thus becoming the real start of Mitch Rapp and his series. They are American Assassin and Kill Shot, published in 2011 and 2012, respectively. All of the books are stand-alones but if you really like political thrillers and great action, you might want to start at the beginning and enjoy the ride, after you read this one, of course.
The Survivor will be released October 6, 2015.
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