Framing the Dialogue

The Survivor

survivorIt was a very sad day when I learned of the passing of Vince Flynn. He lost his fight with cancer and I had his newest novel on my wish list for a very long time.  I was heartened when I found out that there would be another Mitch Rapp novel!

In The Survivor author Kyle Mills has Rapp and the CIA racing against time when one of their own betrays them. This may be the most severe threat to the Agency has ever had and the man behind it is dead.  Rapp needs to not only stop the damage but he must also beat an unknown enemy to discover the source.  His failure would have world-wide repercussions in the world and as always he was fighting enemies at home.

“If all this effort was to keep ahead of America’s enemies, it wouldn’t bother Rapp.  In fact, it was done to keep ahead of the politicians sniffing around for 0ff-the-books CIA activity they could use to make political points.  Displaying fake indignation had become Congress’s primary job description…If Rapp did what was necessary to keep members of Congress and their constituents safe, he was in danger of being indicted.  If he followed the rules and allowed America to be attacked, he was in danger of being publicly crucified.”

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a Vince Flynn novel not written by Vince Flynn.  I had heard that Mr. Flynn was working on the next Rapp novel when he died, but I hadn’t heard how much he had completed.  I naturally had to give it a shot.  Mr. Mills picked up the “baton” and did a more than admirable job.  There was a sequence in the middle of the book that had me sitting up with tension and I had to stay up way past my bedtime to finish the book last night.  I paid for the lack of sleep, but a good novel is worth it and this was a good novel.  It will be interesting to see if the series continues.

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