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.
“Fine, you stubborn fool. Rapp has already warned you what he would do to you if you stabbed him in the back again…Does he strike you as a man who doesn’t follow through on his threats?’…His friend had turned into a stubborn old fool who thought the Americans lacked the resolve to play this nasty game at his ruthless level. For the average American he had a point, but Mitch Rapp was in no way average…’If you aren’t afraid of Mr. Rapp then you need to have your head examined.”
As I contemplated this review of Vince Flynn’s latest (until this November) Mitch Rapp novel which I finished last night, I found an Associated Press article that best expresses one of the main themes of the novel. I have often wondered, hell even hoped, that America had men and women dedicated to the destruction of our enemies. Those who are focused on doing harm to the United States need to be dealt with. We never really know them, their exploits, and how they keep us safe.
Torture, enhanced interrogation, or Extreme Measuresare different ways to describe an attempt to gather information from an enemy using techniques that may make many squeamish. Most of us are abhorrent to any methods that involve knives, bullets in sensitive areas, whips, or even razor blades. What if the enemy had knowledge that you needed right away to save your father, mother, wife, or child?
What then would you do to get that information? If you only had 20 minutes to save your loved one and the person wanted his lawyer would you provide one? My guess is that you would do pretty much anything to save your child. I would. So what happens to you after the dust has settled? You have broken the law. Vince Flynn tackles this subject with CIA operative Mitch Rapp.
The author has a simple subtitle to this book, “A Thriller.” I love the Mitch Rapp series and this book lives up to the subtitle as a thriller. Act Of Treason is different as Rapp is almost part of the sub-plot. The real story is about Washington power and those who would do most anything to achieve that power.
Author Vince Flynn uses the usual cast of characters in this exciting novel. Act of Treason doesn’t have as much of the covert operations-type danger as past Rapp novels which is a nice change. I could kind of figure out what was going to happen in many places and I liked that.