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John Reviews the New Mitch Rapp series Novel, Enemy of the State

John Reviews Vince Flynn’s Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills

Vince Flynn Enemy of the State by Kill MillsKyle Mills just released his third book in the series, ENEMY OF THE STATE. I recently finished reading it and have to report that Mills has completely captured the voice of Vince Flynn. This Rapp novel not only holds its own against the previous books, but takes it to a whole new level.

The story takes us back to the Middle East Theater, where Saudi officials are working with Isis. Rapp is recruited by the president in a late night meeting to work “off the grid” to bring the crisis to a favorable conclusion. Working outside of the company, Rapp recruits familiar players from previous books as he assembles his team of mercenaries.

No spoilers here, but of course he stops the conspiracy in typical Mitch Rapp style. With all of the twists and turns, I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. ENEMY OF THE STATE – is sure to be one of the biggest books of the year. A special thanks to Kyle Mills for keeping this series fresh and exciting.

With American Assassin hitting the big screen in a few days, a whole new audience will be introduced to Mitch Rapp. I can’t wait to see how Hollywood treats our favorite spy. Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien plays Rapp, with Michael Keaton playing the old CIA sage, Stan Hurley.

Some wonder why American Assassin was picked for the screen first, after all it’s the 11th book in the bestselling series. Consider this – Hollywood likes order and American Assassin is the first book, chronilogically speaking.

 

Read the Latest News About Lawrence Block

Read the Latest News about Lawrence Block

What’s a AWATT – and what is Liam Neeson doing presenting it at the Zurich Film Festival?

Lawrence BlockAWATT is the film industry’s abbreviated form of A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, a film based on Lawrence Block’s tenth Matthew Scudder novel. It is the brilliant work of writer/director Scott Frank, and stars Liam Neeson, with a terrific supporting cast. It opens worldwide Friday September 19.

To quote Block, “Unless you’ve spent the past month in one of those sensory-deprivation tanks, floating your troubles away, you’ve probably been blitzed . . . by lobby cards and trailers and bus-and-subway posters and TV commercials, all in aid of A Walk Among the Tombstones.”

Lawrence Block is without a doubt the most prolific American crime writer.

Named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 1994, Lawrence Block came to prominence in the 1970s when he introduced us to his most famous creation, the ever-evolving Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic ex-cop working as an unlicensed private investigator in Hell’s Kitchen. He has written 17 Scudder novels and a collection of short stories, the most recent being 2011’s A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF.

Block also created 11 Bernie Rhodenbarr novels, including THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED SPOONS in 2013, 8 Evan Tanner novels, 4 Chip Harrison novels and a collection of eighty-four short stories, ENOUGH ROPE containing two Chip Harrison stories, and 5 Keller novels including 2013’s HIT ME.

Recently, Block began reissuing titles he wrote in the 50s, 60s and 70s under different pseudonyms.

With the release of a new Jill Emerson novel GETTING OFF in 2011, he wrote 8 books as Jill Emerson, 3 written as Paul Kavanagh, 8 written as Sheldon Lord with 69 BARROW STREET recently re-released with his Ben Christopher novel STRANGE EMBRACE, 5 as Andrew Shaw and numerous others.

Block also wrote over a dozen standalone titles, a half-dozen or so books of short stories, several books about writing and a memoir. Wow!

A Walk Among the Tombstones is the first movie from a Matthew Scudder novel. In 1987 Hollywood had plans to make a movie adapted from Block’s 1978 novel The Burglar in The Closet, starring Bruce Willis as Bernie Rhodenbarr, Block’s lovable burglar, with Whoopi Goldberg playing the next-door-neighbor. When Willis backed out of the production, they adapted the script to star Whoopi in the title role. It was released as Burglar.

Defender of the InnocentNew This Month! – DEFENDER OF THE INNOCENT: The Casebook of Martin Ehrengraf by Lawrence Block

– John

Author Daniel H. Wilson and John Meet Up

John talks with Daniel H. Wilson who shares the latest happenings around his groundbreaking fiction

Daniel H. WilsonThere is nothing more impressive than a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s a perfect time to sit down with bestselling author Daniel H. Wilson. Wilson lives in Portland, and I was able to meet him at his home to sign his latest scifi thriller, Robogenesis, and get updated on all things Daniel Wilson.

Robogenesis is the stunningly creative, epic sequel to Wilson’s blockbuster thriller and New York Times bestseller Robopocalypse. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the earth was left in tatters . . . Robogenesis explores the fates of characters new and old, robotic and human, as they fight to build a new world in the wake of a devastating war.

Wilson, or Dr. Wilson is probably more appropriate, as he holds a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, is one busy guy. Fresh off the road from his book tour he took time to share some of the things happening around his growing body of groundbreaking fiction.

His short story, The Executor (The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Tor Books, 2013) is in development as a TV drama, Bro-Jitsu: The Martial Art of Sibling Smackdown (Bloomsbury Children’s, 2010) –originally optioned by Nickelodeon – is back on the table, his techno-thriller, Amped: A Novel (Doubleday, 2012) – is being discussed for big screen potential, and, last but not least, Steven Spielberg’s production of ‘Robopocalypse’ looks like it is moving forward with Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth taking the starring role, with Anne Hathaway backing him up.

In addition to penning Robogenesis, Wilson edited Robot Uprisings, an anthology with contributions from a mix of bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming writers, and he is currently working on a 16 issue project for DC Comics.

Just hearing him talk about all of this has worn me out, so I’m going to take a nap now – but not before diving into my personal copy of Robogenesis.

John

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