The Survivor by Kyle Mills

The Survivor, A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills; 2015; $28.00; 388pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8345-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 5/12/16-5/14/16

Why did I read this?  Because I wanted to see how the series would continue with the death of Vince Flynn in 2013.  Kyle Mills is an author whose books I have read before so I was wondering if he could ably continue the series.

Coming close on the heels of Vince Flynn’s last book prior to his death, The Survivor follows up the events of The Last Man.    Joe Rickman is dead but prior to that he ensured that CIA secrets will continue to come out electronically.  He used a combination of very legal means and very illegal means to ensure that he can bedevil the CIA from beyond the grave.  Every intelligence agency in the world is trying to find where the secrets are hidden.  Mitch Rapp is running all over the world saving assets while the analysts back at Langley are trying to find the source of the electronic leaks.  The action moves quickly between the technical and the action of Mitch Rapp.  An effective use of tension between technological intelligence and  human assets.

Grade A, the very definition of a page turner.

The Last Man by Vince Flynn

The Last Man by Vince Flynn; 20112; $27.99; 433 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4165-9521-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 4/27/16-4/29/16

Why did I read this? Because I like Vince Flynns books and I want to see how Kyle Mills does after taking over the series.  Vince passed away in 2013 and Kyle Mills takes over with the next book.

One of the CIA’s biggest assets in Afghanistan, who has been running covert ops there for the last eight years is kidnapped and killed while being tortured.  Mitch Rapp and the rest of the CIA are in hot pursuit of the killer, because all his files were also taken which wouldn’t be good for the US Government is many of the things in them come out.  Mitch must track down the kidnappers and killers and find the files.

Grade-A, it is an exciting thriller that moves along at a breakneck clip.

Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn

Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn;2009; $27.99; 431 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-4165-9516-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/22/16-4/26/16

Why did I read this?  I am trying to read the whole series to see how a new author handles the character with the newest book, The Survivor. 

Following close on the events in Extreme Measures,  Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are feeling the political pressure that is applied after an attack.  Mitch is feeling it professionally and politically while Mike is feeling it in his personal life.  While they are dealing with the fallout there are still three terrorist on the road in Middle America looking to continue with their attacks on citizens of the United States.  Mitch and CIA director Irene Kennedy find a way to help Mike deal with his family problems and Mitch and Mike confront the terrorist directly and end the conflict inside one of the United States monuments in Washington, D.C..   Vince portrays a zealot’s mindset with one of the terrorist actions and how people’s motivations change sometimes.

Grade A- a successfully written thriller that reflects some attitudes that exist today.

Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn

Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn; 2008; $27.95; 430 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-0-7432-7042-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Library Outreach; 3/22/16-3/25/16

Why did I read this?  Because I enjoy the series and am trying to read them all in chronological order.

Mitch Rapp and partner Mike Nash are before a Senate committee to answer for what some Senators see as their sins.  Meanwhile there is a team of terrorist headed for Washington D.C., to wreak havoc on the Capitol.  Mitch and Mike are officially taken off the case but work back channels to keep up with the case.  There are all kinds of complications which cause havoc for the covert operatives.  Things change after the terrorist carry out their plans and kill many people in  D.C..

Grade A, exciting thriller with its root in our struggles in the middle east.

Mitch separates power

Separation of Power by Vince Flynn; 2001; $9.99; 515 pages; Pocket Star Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4391-3573-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 1/22/16-1/25/16

Once again Mitch Rapp takes on the enemies of America, but this time he has been targeted and exposed by some in his own government.  Mitch also has to deal with relationship problems in a romantic fashion.  Mitch is being used as a political pawn by those who would seek to summit the mountain that is politics in the United States.

Did I enjoy it?  Yes it was an exciting action thriller, but at the same time it made me question several things.  Why play by the rules if those opposing you don’t?  Why work for some who would sell you out as soon as possible?  The stories work on many levels.

Grade B

What is with the title of the review?  At a couple of points there are people who think they are all powerful (much like the Wizard of Oz) put Mitch pulls aside the curtain and severs their connection to power.