John Reviews Vince Flynn’s Enemy of the State by Kyle Mills
Kyle 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.
John reminisces about his first conversation with Kyle Mills.
I first met Kyle Mills in the late 90s. It was a sunny afternoon, and we sat outside at a Portland Starbucks. He was a new author, and I a new bookseller. As he signed our stock I learned about his amazing story. His first book, RISING PHOENIX, is the story of a maverick FBI agent, who races the clock against someone who is poisoning the narcotics supply. The story is a great first book, but it is the jacket that will capture your attention first. The entire back cover is an endorsement by one of Kyle’s father’s best friends – Tom Clancy. Yep, that Tom Clancy.
When Vince Flynn died in 2013 fans feared that his passing would be the end for Mitch Rapp, but the CIA bad ass wouldn’t go away quietly. In fact he is a SURVIVOR, and Kyle Mills is the one who is keeping this character fresh and exciting, as Rapp continues to out think and outrun America’s sworn enemies.
Kyle Mills has some common background. As he tells it, “Even Mitch and I share a little history. If you recall, he joined the CIA in reaction to the love of his life dying in Pan Am 103. My father was the FBI’s lead man in the investigation of that terrorist attack. In fact, it happened during my college graduation dinner in London where he was stationed at the time. His assistant came to the restaurant and told him that a plane had gone down in a small Scottish town. That was the last I saw of him for months.”
THE SURVIVOR picks up right where THE LAST MAN left off, and Mills has matched Flynn’s style and voice, gracefully capturing the nuances of Mitch Rapp’s character. I am sure that this book would make Vince Flynn proud – and we can’t help but wonder where Mitch’s story goes next.