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Order to Kill (Mitch Rapp Series #13)

Order to Kill (Mitch Rapp Series #13)

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by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills, Armand Schultz (Read by)

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In the next thrilling novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, the anti-terrorism operative heads to Pakistan to confront a mortal threat he may not be prepared for. In fact, this time he might have met his match.

Mitch Rapp is used to winning.

But in this follow-up to #1 New York Times bestselling The Survivor, the CIA


In the next thrilling novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series, the anti-terrorism operative heads to Pakistan to confront a mortal threat he may not be prepared for. In fact, this time he might have met his match.

Mitch Rapp is used to winning.

But in this follow-up to #1 New York Times bestselling The Survivor, the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Together with friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp struggles to prevent the loss of these lethal weapons, particularly because Russia is also interested in the nukes, though not for the same reason as Rapp and Coleman.

Soon, it becomes alarmingly clear that the forces in Moscow are bent on fomenting even more chaos and turmoil in the Middle East, and Rapp must go deep into Russian territory, posing as an American ISIS recruit. There, he uncovers a plan much more dangerous and insidious than he ever expected, one that could have far-reaching and catastrophic consequences.

Written with breathless tension and heart-pounding action, Mitch Rapp's latest adventure is as timely and provocative as ever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/29/2016
The rousing 15th entry in the late Vince Flynn’s bestselling series, the first by Mills (who completed 2015’s The Survivor), pits CIA officer Mitch Rapp against Grisha Azarov, Russian president Maxim Krupin’s personal assassin, and for once Mitch isn’t the odds-on favorite. Krupin has an ingenious plan involving the theft of Pakistani nuclear warheads and the deployment of dirty bombs in Saudi Arabia’s oil fields. The goal is to destroy the Saudis’ capability and enhance Russia’s ability to fulfill the world’s need for oil. As always, foiling this scheme falls on Mitch’s legendary shoulders, and watching him go about his lethal business is just as compelling as when Flynn was doing the writing. Mitch has to deal with a tragic love interest, Leah; rescue his best friend, Scott Coleman; capture a stolen nuke; escape from ISIS-controlled Iraq; and defeat the most deadly foe he’s ever battled. No problem. Satisfied fans will hope that Mills will fulfill their continuing Mitch Rapp needs far into the future. Agent: Sloan Harris, ICM. (Oct.)
"This series continues to be the best of the best in the high-adventure, action-heavy thriller field . . . . Flynn's name, Flynn's characters, and Mills' skill will take this one to the top of the charts, territory already familiar to Mitch Rapp."
Booklist (starred review)
"This series continues to be the best of the best in the high-adventure, action-heavy thriller field . . . . Flynn's name, Flynn's characters, and Mills' skill will take this one to the top of the charts, territory already familiar to Mitch Rapp."
Military Press
"Kyle has done a top-notch job of blending the beloved characters of Irene Kennedy and Mitch Rapp with a high adventure, action packed plot."
Lazy Day Books
"Written with breathless tension and heart-pounding action, Mitch Rapp's latest adventure is as timely and provocative as ever."
San Jose Mercury News
“The biggest compliment one can give Mills is that it's totally unclear where Flynn's work ends and his begins, in The Survivor.”
Associated Press Staff
“Mills has created a wonderful tribute to Flynn while also writing a great novel. While thriller readers and fans miss Flynn, Mills was the perfect choice, and Rapp will continue in good hands.”
Providence Journal
"Flynn has never been better."
“Mills perfectly treads the line of bringing his own considerable talent and style to the table while being respectful of the source material and seemingly channeling Flynn’s own voice.”
Book Reporter
"Flynn is a master--maybe the master--of thrillers in which the pages seem to turn themselves."
Green Valley News
“For readers who enjoy great spy and clandestine espionage novels, The Survivor is an excellent read. Plan on burning the "midnight oil" once the first page is read…destined to be a great success.”
SC) The Post and Courier (Charleston
“The book is vintage Flynn/Rapp.”
San Diego Book Review
The Survivor is truly a magnificent book.”
The Daily Pundit
"Give this book a try."
The Rappologist
“I dare you to read this book. If you don't absolutely love it, it's time for you to try another genre.”
Library Journal
Durable CIA operative Mitch Rapp is back, chasing down stray Pakistani nukes worldwide so that they won't come under the control of terrorists—or of Russia, which seems set on stirring up trouble. In response, Mitch penetrates deep into Russian territory by posing as an American ISIS recruit. Following the No. 1 New York Times best-selling The Survivor.
Kirkus Reviews
Series creator Flynn died in 2013, but Mitch Rapp lives on in this 15th chronicle (The Survivor, 2015, etc.) of the legendary CIA agent’s exploits.When the CIA needs someone to keep Pakistani nukes out of terrorists’ hands, Rapp is clearly their go-to guy. He is “feared by even the most powerful men in the world.” This includes Russian President Maxim Vladimirovich Krupin, who calculates that exploding rogue nukes that can’t be traced back to him might serve his dastardly geopolitical aims. A half-dozen A-bombs could destroy enough Middle Eastern oil fields to divert huge revenues to Russia. So Krupin lines up the best man to foil Rapp: a talented killer named Grisha Azarov, who tells Krupin that Rapp has “no discernible weaknesses. His enemies…are all dead.” But then Azarov is no weenie himself, and the two adversaries make for a terrific matchup. Even the minor characters are colorful, especially Craig Bailer, an auto mechanic who has three Ph.D.s and arms covered with tattoos. Usually “the smartest guy in the room,” he has the best line in the book when he tells Rapp, “It’s a beautiful night and we have a cooler full of beer and a stolen A-bomb. It don’t get any better than that.” Rapp easily sidelines the American terrorist Eric Jesem and goes to extraordinary and creative lengths to impersonate him. That’s as entertaining as the book’s many action scenes, and it enhances his hero creds—but then he ruins it in one scene where he drills a slug through the heart of someone who simply doesn’t deserve it. But the inevitable confrontation between Rapp and Azarov is what thriller readers live for: tense and dramatic with a nice twist.All in all, a crackling good yarn. Author Mills proves himself a worthy successor to carry on the series.

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Order to Kill



MITCH Rapp eased his rental car onto a quiet rural road and began winding his way through vineyards. The sun had just hit the horizon, turning the craggy mountains orange against a clear sky.

The scene couldn’t have been more different from the smoggy, traffic-choked Pakistani cities he’d spent the last two months in. Swapping the stench of diesel and sweat for the idyllic setting of South Africa’s wine country should have been a pleasant change. If anything, though, it had tightened the knot in his gut.

When he’d killed the fundamentalist director of Pakistan’s intelligence apparatus a few weeks ago, blowback had been inevitable. But now it had grown beyond even his and Irene Kennedy’s worst-case scenario.

There was still no question that Ahmed Taj’s elimination had been necessary in order to keep Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal out of the hands of Islamic hardliners. Unfortunately, his death had left a power vacuum that was pushing the already unstable country to the brink. Umar Shirani, the head of the army, was using the growing chaos to continue Taj’s effort to oust the country’s relatively moderate president.

One of the keys to his plan was to gain control of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, confident that the world would be forced to back anyone with the means and will to incinerate a large swath of the region. Or, if not back, at least not oppose.

To that end, General Shirani had taken the country’s nukes from their secure locations and was moving them around Pakistan in order to keep the civilian government from extending its authority over them. Of course, he said that his actions were to keep the weapons safe in the increasingly unstable environment, but no one actually believed him. He was forcing a showdown—making Pakistan’s politicians and power elite choose sides.

Rapp and his teams had been charged with trying to track the weapons’ movements and to make sure that none of Pakistan’s terrorist groups got hold of one. It was a virtually impossible task. They were being asked to follow the constantly moving individual components of the world’s seventh-largest nuclear arsenal while being actively opposed by its sixth-largest army. It was a little like the old cup and ball magic trick, but with a hundred balls—each one of which had the potential to explode and take out a major city.

Rapp rolled down the window and accelerated the vehicle, navigating by his memory of a map he’d glanced at months ago. He’d never actually been to the area, instead relying on a CIA team that specialized in selecting these types of locations.

And that’s exactly what Irene Kennedy had tried to get him to continue to do: rely on specialists. Despite everything that was happening in Pakistan, though, he couldn’t bring himself to pass this one off. So he’d put Scott Coleman in charge and boarded the CIA’s Gulfstream G550 for South Africa.

A mistake? Most likely. Dereliction of duty? Maybe. But better to deal with this situation personally over the next twenty-four hours than to spend the next week trying to micromanage it from Islamabad.

The phone on the passenger seat chimed and he grimaced when he saw it was another text from Monica Estridge. The subject was the same as the last twenty unanswered messages from her. Granite.

He’d given the surprisingly relentless interior designer complete dominion over finishing the construction of the house he’d started before his wife was killed. Unfortunately, she didn’t seem to understand the simple concept of “complete dominion.” He had no idea how many swatches, paint colors, and wood finishes there were on the planet, but he was pretty sure she wasn’t going to rest until he’d looked at every one.

The dirt road began to climb toward a mountain striped with cliff bands and Rapp made sure he kept the vehicle’s speed at a level that wouldn’t attract attention. When he reached the top of the first rise, he spotted the gray roof of the home he was looking for.

A ten-foot-tall wall topped with colorful shards of broken glass ringed the property and the trees had been cut back almost to a neighboring farmer’s vines, leaving an open perimeter with an unobstructed view.

The scene probably wasn’t appreciably different than it would have been if he’d been riding in on horseback at the turn of the twentieth century. Just beneath the surface, though, was a state-of-the-art security system that was not only connected to local police and a private security response team but to the CIA’s top people in the country.

At his direction, Claudia Gould—now Dufort—and her daughter had moved in recently. Despite a long, painful history and the death of her husband at the hands of Stan Hurley, Rapp couldn’t get her out of his mind. They seemed to be tangled together in a way that no amount of effort could reverse.

It was hard to reflect on his relationships with women without using the words “disaster” and “catastrophe.” On particularly bad days, “cataclysm” also sprang to mind. His first love had died in the terrorist attack on Pan Am 103 when he was still young. Years later, his wife and unborn child had been murdered by Louis Gould, the late husband of the woman living in the spotless Cape Dutch house he was passing.

Since then, Rapp had tried futilely to find someone he could fit into his life. His wife, Anna, had been an idealist and in some ways that was why he’d loved her so intensely. While he was constantly mired in the dark, she saw the world with unflagging optimism and hope. Being with her helped him regain the humanity that sometimes seemed to be slipping irretrievably away.

In retrospect, though, their relationship hadn’t been all sunshine and flowers. Anna had struggled constantly with what he did for a living. Intellectually, she understood that men like him were necessary, but he’d come to believe that on a deeper level she thought he might be part of the problem. Just another violent man who kept the world from becoming the utopia she thought it could be.

So, another Anna Reilly was out.

He'd once tried going in the opposite direction with a talented Italian private contractor, but the relationship had been doomed from the start. On the bright side, she'd been beautiful, exciting, and completely unconcerned with his lifestyle. On the other hand, he’d never been able to shake the feeling that for the right price, she’d start chasing him around the bedroom with an ice pick.

After Anna, his relationships could be categorized as brief encounters that barely rose above the level of one-night stands. A former Secret Service agent. A hedge fund manager his brother had introduced him to. A redheaded air force pilot who occasionally flew support on a few of his ops.

But Claudia felt different for some reason. They’d first met years ago when he’d come to settle a score with her husband. He’d put a gun against her head, and to say the look in her eyes haunted him would be an overstatement. But he sure as hell hadn’t forgotten it.

Claudia’s background wasn’t spotless like Anna’s, but neither was it drenched in blood like Donatella’s. She had a beautiful daughter and a soul that was just damaged enough for her to consider allowing someone like him into her life.

That sense of possibility was why he’d gotten personally involved with relocating Claudia and providing her with an immaculate new identity. Or at least an identity that he’d been assured was immaculate. Now, a reliable informant had told him, someone was looking to snatch her. Precisely who or why, no one seemed to know.

The likely bet was that one of her late husband’s enemies had come crawling out from under a rock for some petty revenge. It was the kind of amateur bullshit that really pissed Rapp off and he was there to set an example that would discourage the next asshole.

It was another reason not to get Irene Kennedy’s people involved. As the director of the CIA, there were lines she shouldn’t cross. And his plan to identify the people stalking Claudia and then mail them back to their employer in FedEx envelopes was probably one of them.

Meet the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn (1966–2013) created one of contemporary fiction’s most popular heroes: CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp, featured in thirteen of Flynn’s acclaimed political thrillers. All of his novels are New York Times bestsellers, including his stand-alone debut novel, Term Limits. The Mitch Rapp story begins with American Assassin, followed by Kill Shot, Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power, Executive Power, Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, Protect and Defend, Extreme Measures, Pursuit of Honor, The Last Man, and The Survivor.

Kyle Mills is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fifteen political thrillers, including the The Survivor 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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Anonymous 11 months ago
This is classic Mitch Rapp. Kyle Mills did well with his first Vince Flynn novel and this one is excellent as well. Kyle has taken Rapp in a slightly different direction. He is less "off the rails" than he was in Flynn's final books (Vince was planning this as well, so it's not blasphemy to true hard core Rapp fans). Rapp does a few things that are unpredictable - and they are nice twists. Overall though, it is classic Mitch Rapp. Kyle Mills is so thoroughly in Rapp's head that at one point I was so angry with something Rapp did, and then realized that it was exactly what Rapp would do - foolish or not. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome tribute to a great author , keep it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mills, like Flynn, already has me looking forward to the next one in the Mitch Rapp series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anything to do with mitch is great. The new author still has the fast paced style of writing that Flynn had, making the books fly as you can't wait to see what happens next.
LazyDayBooks More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a fan of this series from the very beginning, eagerly awaiting each new installment every Fall. Like my Brad Thor books, I take my time reading each one, making it last as long as possible because I know it will be a year before the next one is published. With a unique premise, Order to Kill is action-packed from beginning to end. Kyle Mills skillfully creates exciting battle scenes that feel frighteningly real, compelling you to turn the page and make sure your favorites are still alive and well. Order to Kill is testament to the strength of the characters Vince Flynn created and the talent of Kyle Mills to study these characters and make them his own. Like last year’s The Survivor, Mills has done the seemingly impossible and shown how Mitch Rapp and company can not only survive, but flourish under his guardianship. I especially enjoyed seeing more of Claudia Gould than ever before and I suspect (hope) she’ll have an even bigger impact in the next book. Fans of the genre who have never read the Mitch Rapp series can read Order to Kill as a standalone and easily follow the storyline and characters. But I highly recommend reading the entire series for a thrilling adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last book, while good, stumbled a bit out of the gate. This one felt like Mitch again. From the tactical situations to the dialog, this is the Rapp I've come to know. And the addition of Claudia was a master stroke that I didn't see coming. If you're a Mitch Rapp fan, it's a no-brainer. And if you're not, it's still recommended as a gripping, well paced, and well written read.
Robynn More than 1 year ago
Really Good!!! Vince would be proud of this portrayal of Mitch Rapp! Much better writing and storyline this time. This book did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the start of this book I was hesitant. I was concerned that it might not meet my expectations of Vince Flynn's- Mitch Rapp series. Within a few chapters I realized that this book was going to be another great Mitch Rapp novel. I was very pleased with the ending. I hope that in the next book the relationship between Claudia, Anna and Mitch delves a little deeper into their personal lives.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Read The Survivir first. I was disappointed the nook had them in the wrong order but Kyle Mills does a good job with Rapp maybe a little more foul mouthed than before but overall it read like the rest of series.
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Looking forward to the next one.
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Another great Mitch Rapp story. Lots of action and seeing Mitch change a little. After his first love, Anna and his unborn baby had been killed, he became an even colder killing machine. Now, as he ages and Claudia and her daughter are in the picture, we're seeing a different side of him. I like how Kyle has taken up where Vince Flynn left off. I definitely will continue to read additional books in the series. I'm curious where he will take Mitch next. I don't always like it when another author picks up when the original author dies, but I think Kyle's done a great job.
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Loved the parts with Mitch Rapp, but too much time was spent in the heads of the bad guys. This was definitely NOT a page turner - there were times I had force myself to continue reading to get to the good parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wonder when there will be a movie from one of the books?
spatt856 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic addition to the Mitch App series. I just finished it and can't wait for the next one! Kyle Mills has taken over for Vince Flynn but you'd never know it by reading the book. He's done a great job of making the characters feel exactly the same (and yet also evolving) as in the earlier books.
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cyalatermd More than 1 year ago
Another great Mitch Rapp book! This one does not disappoint! Cant say much without giving up any spoilers, so I will just say, pick it up. You will be glad you did!
Thad_David More than 1 year ago
Order to Kill will literally have your heart beating out of your chest as you furiously flip through the pages waiting to find out what happens next. This book ranks up at the top with my favorite Rapp books. Suspense wise it is number 1. I could not put it down and I was unable to focus on anything else when I was forced to put it down. Kyle Mills has done an amazing job. This is a sure fire hit that all Rapp fans are going to love. Order this book and set aside a day or so on its release to do nothing else because you won't be able to put it down. I still can't believe how glued to this book I was once I started page 1.
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Viperdvr More than 1 year ago
If you are just looking for a book and don't know what to read, this book will hook you on Vince Flynn. Great story line that will cause you to go back and read all of his books. Kyle Mill has done a great job keeping the twist and turns of Mitch Rapp going. Just when you think you have the next corner covered, Wham the wind is knocked out of your sails. Get this, you will not be disappointed!