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The Survivor (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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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.” (Bookreporter.com)
“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)
“For readers who enjoy great spy and clandestine espionage novels, The Survivor is an excellent read. Plan on burning the "midnight oil" once the first page is read…destined to be a great success.” (Green Valley News)
About the Author
#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn (1966–2013) created one of contemporary fiction’s most popular heroes: CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp, featured in thirteen of Flynn’s acclaimed political thrillers. All of his novels are New York Times bestsellers, including his stand-alone debut novel, Term Limits. 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, Pursuit of Honor, The Last Man, The Survivor, Order to Kill, and Enemy of the State. American Assassin was released as a major film in 2017.
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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!
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. The sequence takes place in Germany and the pacing and writing is world class. I won’t give anything away about it, but I had to highlight it because as a fan of the genre I find myself constantly re-reading this entire portion of the novel. Mills is the real deal and anyone questioning if he could pull off a Rapp novel should stop worrying about that after you read this portion of the novel. The Survivor gives you all the action you’ve come to know and love from Rapp. Perhaps the most surprising element of The Survivor however has nothing to do with the twists and turns you see in every Rapp adventure. What surprised me the most was the way in which Kyle Mills decides to explore the soul of Mitch Rapp. For fans of the Rapp series, we know in many ways Rapp has been a tortured soul since the events in Consent to Kill. In many ways he became detached from his emotions throughout the novels that followed. In The Survivor, Mills begins to explore the evolution of Rapp and where he might go with himself in the future. It’s a testament to Mills that he takes the series in this direction. This brings an added layer to the character of Rapp and I’m really intrigued to see how Mills explores this area in future novels.
From beginning to end The Survivor is a true hit. I can not recommend this book enough. Mitch Rapp is in great hands with Kyle Mills. The book is a fitting tribute to Vince Flynn and his legacy. While Vince is no longer with us, the universe he created is still going strong. VInce created a character in Rapp that will always be the gold standard for the thriller genre. The great news is that in Kyle Mills we now have an author that will give us all something we have been in desperate need of. MORE RAPP! Buy The Survivor now!
The new guy, Kyle Mills the author on this book, meant well and he tried hard I'm sure, BUT he just didn't quite get it done. I read every Mitch Rapp novel, and I was excited to get the book. But sadly I had to MAKE myself read it and finish the book. I had to force my way thru in many chapters. And that's the worst thing I can say about a book. If a book is great I'm not able to stay away! This book was not this way. Sorry. It's just the truth. I'm sure trying to pick up in a popular series where a hero and great author left off is hard. But this new Mills book had very little pop, excitement, or gut wrenching plot twists. It was truly dry and somewhat boring at times. It seems to me they need to bury the Mitch Rapp series and call it a day. The starting QB / author is in Heaven with his Lord and we will remember him always. But please drop the series NOW in his honor. We need to remember the great Mitch Rapp books, not the bad ones to come.