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The Survivor: A Novel (Mitch Rapp) Hardcover – December 31, 2030

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Book 12 of 12 in the Mitch Rapp Series

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"Flynn is a master--maybe the master--of thrillers in which the pages seem to turn themselves." (Book Reporter)

"Flynn has never been better." (Providence Journal)

“The biggest compliment one can give Mills is that it's totally unclear where Flynn's work ends and his begins, in The Survivor.” (San Jose Mercury News)

“Mills has created a wonderful tribute to Flynn while also writing a great novel. While thriller readers and fans miss Flynn, Mills was the perfect choice, and Rapp will continue in good hands.” (Associated Press)

“Mills perfectly treads the line of bringing his own considerable talent and style to the table while being respectful of the source material and seemingly channeling Flynn’s own voice.” (

The Survivor is truly a magnificent book.” (San Diego Book Review)

“The book is vintage Flynn/Rapp.” (The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC))

“Superb… the greatest post 9/11 series going.” (Providence Journal)

"Give this book a try." (The Daily Pundit) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Vince Flynn is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and three children. Visit his website at

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Product Details

  • Series: Mitch Rapp
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (December 31, 2030)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476726663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476726663
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,614 customer reviews)

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The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.

After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up. While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits.

Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Term Limits hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback and started a trend for all of Flynn's novels. Since then, his books have become perennial bestsellers in both paperback and hardcover, and he has become known for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of Islamic Radical Fundamentalism and terrorism. Read by current and former presidents, foreign heads of state, and intelligence professionals around the world, Flynn's novels are taken so seriously one high-ranking CIA official told his people, "I want you to read Flynn's books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror."

October 2007 marked another milestone in Flynn's career when his ninth political thriller, Protect and Defend, became a #1 New York Times bestseller. A few months later, CBS Films optioned the rights for Flynn's Mitch Rapp character with the intention of creating a character-based, action-thriller movie franchise. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who previously launched the Harry Potter and Matrix films as head of production at Warner Bros., and Nick Wechsler (We Own the Night, Reservation Road) will produce the films.

Flynn's 10th hardcover, Extreme Measures, was published in October 2008. It was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. His most recent novel, Kill Shot, was published in Fenbruary 2012.

The Mitch Rapp story begins with American Assassin, followed by Kill Shot Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor.

Influences: Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gore Vidal, and John Irving. Flynn lived in Minneapolis with his wife and three children until he died in June 2013.

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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful By B Costello on October 6, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Rapp is back and he is as strong as ever in The Survivor, the return of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. Of course for fans of Rapp and Flynn, The Survivor is more than just your typical novel. With the tragic passing of Vince Flynn in 2013 many were left to wonder if Flynn’s final novel The Last Man would be the last time we saw Rapp. Thankfully for fans of the counter-terrorism operative, Rapp has returned do to the outstanding work of novelist Kyle Mills. Up front I have to say that I am a huge Flynn fan. I started reading Flynn in the summer of 2000 and found him to be one of the best novelists of the past two decades. To me he helped define what a thriller should be in the post 9-11 world. As a result while I was thrilled to hear Rapp would return, I was also very wary if anyone could produce a Rapp novel anywhere near the quality of what Flynn wrote. Well I’m thrilled to say Kyle Mills has delivered a Rapp novel that exceeded everyone of my expectations. To me The Survivor is a top 5 Rapp novel. Mills did something I didn’t think was possible, he made me forget that The Survivor wasn’t written by Vince Flynn.
The tone, style, pace and voice of the novel is Flynn. I’m not sure how Kyle Mills pulled this off but I can’t compliment him enough for this. The task of carrying on for Flynn must have been beyond stressful. The fact that he produces such a home run of a novel in his first attempt with Rapp makes me beyond thrilled to see what happens in the next novel.
The Survivor checks off all the must haves of a Mitch Rapp novel. The pace and thrills are non-stop. The action as always is top shelf and among the strongest in the genre. In particular I have to give Mills an amazing amount of credit for what I believe to be one of the best action set pieces in Rapp history.
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Before proceeding, I want to note that recent years have witnessed the death of several of my favorite singers, actors, and writers: Pete Seeger; Johnny Cash; Tom Laughlin; James Garner; Michael Crichton; Vince Flynn.

With the passing of Flynn, it appeared one of the all-time great characters, Mitch Rapp, would become a relic lost to the dustbin of history.

I will let you read this latest installment and decide just how closely the characters continue to replicate that bigger-than-life hero. For this review, however, I will jot down my perspective insofar as this book, commenced by Vince Flynn but completed by Kyle Mills.

Questions I had when I opened the book were:

Is this a stand alone novel, or must readers read one or more of the previous books? Yes, it is stand alone, although I recommend reading the entire series first, simply because it is a great story.

Second, is there a cliffhanger ending? No. Despite the new writer having been commissioned to write three books, this is, thankfully, free of a cliffhanger.

Third, does it feel, smell and taste like Mitch Rapp? Yes, but the basic storyline, other than Rapp, himself, does have a somewhat different feel. I'm grateful for this, for the writer is not merely counterfeiting Flynn. Mills is allowing himself latitude sufficient to stamp his own imprint upon the franchise.

I was concerned that Mills would so tightly parrot Flynn that the story would lose the soul, if you will, and be merely a means for the publisher to keep cashing in on the efforts of a great writer. I needn't have worried, for Mills is a seasoned writer of merit and has, for me, co-authored an incredible story worth my time and the money I spent.

Can't wait for the movie!
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126 of 141 people found the following review helpful By the ReviewNotes TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2015
Format: Hardcover
CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp – the hero of more than a dozen political thrillers and one of the most popular fictional characters of our time – returns in The Survivor, the first novel in the series to be published after the untimely demise of its original creator. When author Vincent “Vince” Flynn died in 2013, after losing a three-year battle against prostate cancer, there was every possibility of the popular Flynn’s terrorist-smashing character getting buried alongside its creator, as his last work The Survivor was only a few chapters completed. Fortunately, the mantle has passed on to thriller writer Kyle Mills who has to his credit thirteen books, including three in the style of Jason Bourne creator Robert Ludlum.

Yet I was apprehensive that Kyle Mills will stray away from the main concept and characterization of the series. I had nagging thoughts in mind that the Mitch Rapp of Vince Flynn will be completely unrecognizable in the Mitch Rapp of Kyle Mills. However, in continuing the series, Kyle Mills has stay true to Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, and I was unable to distinguish the difference in the narrative and plot between the styles of Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. I rest assured in the knowledge that the series is in safe hands, and if The Survivor is any indication, fans of Mitch Rapp can expect many more explosive terrorist-smashing adventures in the years to come.

As for The Survivor, which is jointly credited to Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills, it is one of the best in the series, if not the best. The settings, pacing, and characterizations are as good as ever, and what deserves special mention is the fact that Kyle Mills didn’t overlook the fact that some situations need resolution in the present instalment, and fittingly brought in some characters from the past.
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