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The Survivor (Mitch Rapp) Paperback – May 19, 2016
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- Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1471142019
- ISBN-13 : 978-1471142017
- Product Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.06 x 7.72 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. Edition (May 19, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #91,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, I did find that the character and plot development was not quite as deep, and therefore realistic, as the Vince Flynn novels, but then he was genius.
What I did find disappointing, though, was the way Mitch Rapp has developed into some kind of god with even the CIA director kissing his feet.
They way they let Stan Hurley on that one mission was also totally unbelievable. These characters have clearly gotten too big, turning the suspense fiction into borderline fantasy.
Nonetheless, the story is well written, gripping, and, I think, well-deserving of the 4 stars I've given it.
I Here is my detailed review:
Hero: 4 stars
Heroine (Dr. Kennedy?): 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Writing style: 5 stars
Humor: 1 star
Action: 5 stars
Suspense: 5 stars
Romance: 0 stars
Sensuality: 0 stars
Ending: HEA; some loose ends, but no cliffhanger.
Would I read another book by this author? Probably.
A high-ranking CIA turncoat takes revenge on the agency from beyond the grave. A series of secrets is steadily disclosed online doing enormous damage to the agency, its allies and the nation. Director Irene Kennedy turns, as usual, to Mitch Rapp to somehow get to the bottom of it.
He must work with the French assassin, one who killed Rapp’s own family, to get to a key contact in the plot. Can he trust him?
Meanwhile, the head of Pakistan’s intelligence service has his own plot going - a coup attempt against the president. He has a lead on the dead CIA agent’s scheme, and if he can acquire the information trove he can gain enormous leverage over the U.S., particularly if his ally, a powerful and unprincipled senator, himself wins the American presidency. He, too, quietly but ruthlessly pursues his own goals around the world.
Rapp’s mentor and rival Stan Hurley, aging and sick, insists on going on the mission. Is he up to it? Can anyone tell him no? Rapp’s relationship with him has always been uneasy, but beyond that Rapp sees a premonition of his own aging. Will he end up sick and alone like Hurley?
There’s lots of great action here as Rapp races against the clock to Italy, Switzerland, Siberia and Pakistan to stop two fiendish plots. He’s up against savage enemies who only have one problem: they’re up against him.
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It was okay, this wasn't Flynn and I could tell because this seemed ...less intelligent, more typical of all the other books of the genre.
I still enjoyed it, because it's Mitch Rapp but I know the writer is different so I'm not loving it like I normally would....read all the original books first and you'll get what I mean. It's good but it's not great!
You can tell that it isn't Flynn doing the story telling anymore, the wording is different to what he'd use and as mentioned by other people, this Mitch Rapp is a lot different to Flynn's version - I'm not sure yet whether that's a good or bad thing.
One thing you can tell the difference in, is the level of research shown by the two writers. Early on in the Rapp series, Vince Flynn had part of a book set in London and everything was well researched I thought. When Kyle Mills came to place Rapp in London, there was a ton of glaring errors, such as a "hundred pound note" that doesn't even exist or the cabbie using American slang. Even the description of the British spy wearing a bowler hat, expensive shoes and a suit coat seems wildly out of place and shows that the author has drawn on what Britain was like fifty years ago.
Overall though, a good read but I still miss Vince Flynn!