Red War is the fifteenth in Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series and the third (I believe since his death). Kyle Mills has miraculously kept the series alive for us fans and most importantly maintained the quality of both the writing and the non-stop action. Buckle in when you open this one for some edge-of-your-seat action.
“Sokolov actually laughed out loud at that, and at the expression on Krupin’s face. His agreement was a foregone conclusion at this point. Krupin understood that the geopolitical complexities he’d faced his entire life were meaningless in light of his illness. He had nothing to lose by this war and everything to gain. Even if he eventually succumbed to cancer, Sokolov would make sure he was remembered as the man who dared to return Russia to greatness.”
Author Kyle Mills has done more than an admirable job taking over the Mitch Rapp series after the unfortunate early death of one of my favorite authors, Vince Flynn. I do think that the character of Mitch Rapp has changed slightly, but that is not a negative thing, just a bit different. In Enemy of the State, Rapp is asked to go beyond “black opps” and take on the enemies of the United States, some of whom have been postured as friends. While he was untethered, he also was without the help of his usual resources. Rapp is forced to enlist the help of some former adversaries for this, perhaps his most dangerous mission.
This is the first full novel written by Kyle Mills under Vince Flynn’s banner (I believe Mr. Mills helped finish the last novel as Mr. Flynn fought cancer). I wasn’t sure what to expect and I am not sure that Mitch Rapp is quite the same as he was when Vince Flynn was the writer. Perhaps I am looking too deep, but this Rapp is a bit edgier; if that can be possible. Let me know when you read the part in Pakistan and the ISIS prisoner.
“Despite its simplicity, Hobart had never met anyone besides himself who truly grasped this philosophy and had the inner strength to live by it…Hobart saw killing as nothing more or less than an effective tool; and he used it with the thoughtless precision of a master craftsman.”
In Rising Phoenix someone comes up with a unique scheme to solve America’s drug problem. The problem is that it is highly illegal and the enemies stack up though support is found in unlikely places as the FBI tries to find and stop the “do-gooders.” Okay they are not all that good…just effective.