The Survivor (14) (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 30, 2016
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Kyle Mills is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen political thrillers, including Total Power, Lethal Agent, and Red War for Vince Flynn and The Patriot Attack for Robert Ludlum. He initially found inspiration from his father, the former director of Interpol, and still draws on his contacts in the intelligence community to give his books such realism. Avid outdoor athletes, he and his wife have lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for over twenty years. Visit his website at KyleMills.com.
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NEAR HARPERS FERRY
THE safe house was beginning to take on the feeling of a prison for Kennedy. She’d sat through too many of these post-operation debriefings to begin to count, but over her thirty-plus-year career at the CIA it was safe to say the numbers were in the triple digits. The pungent smell of cigarettes, too much coffee, not enough sleep, and too few workouts combined to throw off an all-too-familiar funk. For her part she got to leave. Had to, really. As director of the CIA, she couldn’t simply vanish for a week straight.
She spent her days locked almost entirely behind the soundproof door of her seventh-floor office at Langley trying to sort out the mess that had come to be known as the Rickman Affair. And even that had raised some eyebrows. The damage was bad, as it always was with this type of thing, but the question was how bad.
Kennedy didn’t fault Rapp for killing her Near East black ops chief. Getting him out of Pakistan would have proved problematic, especially after that duplicitous bastard Lieutenant General Durrani was killed. Had Rapp managed to keep Rickman alive they would have been left with a man whose twisted intellect was capable of sowing so many seeds of disinformation and dissent that the CIA would have been eating itself from the inside out by the time he was done. No, they were all better off with Rickman out of the picture. As Hurley was fond of saying, “Dead men tell no lies.”
They also offered no information, which was what Kennedy had been trying to assess during her days locked behind her door. Rapp had recovered a laptop as well as some hard drives from General Durrani’s house. They were Rickman’s, and her best people were poring over the encrypted CIA files, trying to determine what assets, operatives, and agents may have been compromised. One operation, due to its current sensitivity, had her particularly worried, and there were already some signs that things might be going off the tracks, which in this particular case was a very appropriate metaphor.
“What are we going to do with him?”
Kennedy slowly closed the red file on the kitchen table, removed her brown glasses, and rubbed her tired eyes.
Mike Nash set a fresh cup of tea in front of her and took a seat.
“Thank you.” After a moment she added, “I’m not sure what we’re going to do with him. I’ve left it up to those two for now.”
Nash looked out the sliding glass door where night was falling on Mitch Rapp and Stan Hurley. Kennedy had forced them to go outside to smoke. Nash couldn’t tell for sure, but they probably were also drinking bourbon. “I don’t mean Gould. I mean I care about what we do with him, but for the moment, I’m more worried about what we’re going to do with Mitch.”
Kennedy was growing tired of this. She’d talked to their resident shrink about the tension between Nash and Rapp and for the most part they were on the same page. Rapp was Nash’s senior by a few years, and through some pretty impressive maneuvering Rapp had been able to end Nash’s covert career. The how and why were a bit complicated, but in the end it was plainly a noble gesture. Nash had a wife and four kids, and Rapp didn’t want to see all that thrown away on a dangerous life that someone else could handle. Nash for his part felt betrayed by Rapp. Their closeness was a natural casualty as Rapp began to share fewer and fewer operational details with his friend, who now spent his time at Langley and on Capitol Hill.
“I know you’re worried,” Kennedy said, “but you have to stop trying to control him. Trust me, I’ve spent twenty years trying and the best I can do is nudge him in a general direction.”
Nash frowned. “He’s going to end up just like Stan. A bitter, lonely old man who’s dying of lung cancer. Look at Stan . . . even now he can’t put those damn things down.”
“Don’t judge, Mike,” Kennedy said with a weary tone. “He’s been through a lot. How he chooses to go out is no one’s business but his own.”
“But Mitch . . . it’s as plain as day. That’s the road he’s on.”
Kennedy thought about it for a long moment, taking a sip of tea. “We’re not all made for white picket fences and nine-to-five jobs. He most certainly isn’t.”
“No, but each time he goes out the odds are stacked against him.”
“I used to think so.” Kennedy smiled. “And then I came to a very simple conclusion . . .”
“He’s a survivor.”
- Publisher : Pocket Books; Reissue edition (August 30, 2016)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476783462
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476783468
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,944 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.
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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!