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The Survivor (Mitch Rapp Series #14)
     

The Survivor (Mitch Rapp Series #14)

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by Kyle Mills, Vince Flynn
 

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The #1 New York Times bestselling novel that picks up where The Last Man left off, The Survivor is a no-holds-barred race to save America…and Mitch Rapp’s finest battle.

When Joe “Rick” Rickman, a former golden boy of the CIA, steals a massive amount of the Agency’s most classified documents in an elaborately

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The #1 New York Times bestselling novel that picks up where The Last Man left off, The Survivor is a no-holds-barred race to save America…and Mitch Rapp’s finest battle.

When Joe “Rick” Rickman, a former golden boy of the CIA, steals a massive amount of the Agency’s most classified documents in an elaborately masterminded betrayal of his country, CIA director Irene Kennedy has no choice but to send her most dangerous weapon after him: elite covert operative Mitch Rapp.

Rapp quickly dispatches the traitor, but Rickman proves to be a deadly threat to America even from beyond the grave. Eliminating Rickman didn’t solve all of the CIA’s problems—in fact, mysterious tip-offs are appearing all over the world, linking to the potentially devastating data that Rickman managed to store somewhere only he knew.

It’s a deadly race to the finish as both the Pakistanis and the Americans search desperately for Rickman’s accomplices, and for the confidential documents they are slowly leaking to the world. To save his country from being held hostage to a country set on becoming the world’s newest nuclear superpower, Mitch Rapp must outrun, outthink, and outgun his deadliest enemies yet.

Editorial Reviews

Providence Journal
“Superb… the greatest post 9/11 series going.”
Book Reporter
"Flynn is a master—maybe the master—of thrillers in which the pages seem to turn themselves."
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.”
Bookreporter.com
“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.”
San Diego Book Review
The Survivor is truly a magnificent book.”
SC) The Post and Courier (Charleston
“The book is vintage Flynn/Rapp.”
The Daily Pundit
"Give this book a try."
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.”
Library Journal
05/15/2015
A thriller author in his own right, Mills also picks up where other authors lost to us have left off, having written two books in Robert Ludlum's "Covert-One" series. Here, CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp, created by Flynn, is sent to dispose of Joseph "Rick" Rickman, a former CIA golden boy planning to offer Pakistan's secret forces a chunk of sensitive intelligence he's snatched. Alas, before his death Rickman hid the intel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476783468
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
08/30/2016
Series:
Mitch Rapp Series , #14
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
669
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Survivor


  • THE FARM

    NEAR HARPERS FERRY

    WEST VIRGINIA

    U.S.A.

    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 . . .”

    “What’s that?”

    “He’s a survivor.”

  • 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 More than 1 year ago
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book since Vince passed away before it was completed. I have to say that I was beyond pleasantly surprised. I couldn't stop reading it! Excellent work! I am so happy that Mitch Rapp's story (and therefore Vince Flynn's story) will continue on. Excellent work! I can't wait for the next book!
    StevePilger More than 1 year ago
    I am a kool-aid drinking devotee of Vince’s professional work and admirer of his personal beliefs and accomplishments as a man. Not only was his death a terrible blow to his family and friends, it cheated his selfish readers out of more Mitch Rapp adventures. I was skeptical about another writer completing “The Survivor”, so I became a Mitch Rapp Ambassador to get an early look. I read my advance review copy as soon as it arrived but spent too much time trying to decipher Vince’s words from Kyle Mills’. I read it a second time but as a reader, not a censor. My skepticism was replaced by excitement. The story is true to what hardcore Rapp followers expect and gives us some things to contemplate as roles change. Mills has done a wonderful job of extending Vince’s spirit through the pages of this book. This selfish reader can’t wait for the next adventure.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another Mitch Rapp adventure. Well done by Kyle.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I love the self-introspection by Mitch and the juxtaposition of his character and that of Stan.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I was very nervous about buying this book. I have tried reading books by people who have tried to carry on after the original author has passed away. I have always been disappointed, until now. This book is excellent and just like when Vince was writing them, I can not put it down. I haven't even finished it but had to post a review for all my fellow Mitch Rapp/Vince Flynn fans. Feel safe & buy this book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great read. MIT have at his best doing the tough things we secretly wish we could do. Vince has to be looking down and smiling knowing he selected a fine writer to carry on his vision. I look forward to future Mitch Rapp adventures.
    BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
    When I started this book I actually wondered if I could finish it. The first fifty or so pages were just a jumble of words before it started to clear and the storyline emerged. From then on it gripped me and entertained me to the end. Mitch Rapp is a top CIA operative tasked with routing out secret files compiled with intent of destroying the agency. It is soon clear the Pakistan intelligence service is competing to get hold of these files. The whole book is a scary view of what the agencies designed to protect Joe Public get up to. Alongside is an even more scary view of American politics and the power hungry politicians. Overall the action is very entertaining in the same vain as Bond with some world domination desires also thrown in. Worth a read but be patient with the start.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I was worriedbto might not meetbthe same level as Vince Flynn's previous books, however it was a great read. Felt just like one of Rapp's other adventures .
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Mitch Rapp is back. Because of the untimely and very sad passing of Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills agreed to pick up the franchise. He doesn't miss a beat. His style of writing mimics Vince, his plot lines are consistent and his subtly introduction of surprises might be better than previous books. Virtually impossible to tell this book was done by anyone other than Vince Flynn, that is in and of itself enough reason to read the book. But if you need more, you may want to skim his last book 'The Last Man", because this one picks up right on the heels of that one. Remember those subtle twists I mentioned, well right off we find out that all those deadly secrets that were supposed to die with Joe Rickman, din't, and off we go. Across the globe with parallel stories this one like all of the Rapp books, will keep you up late, and then up early in the morning to finish it. A must read for fans of this genre.
    The_Rappologist More than 1 year ago
    Mitch Rapp is back! Kyle Mills is now at the helm, taking over the series in place of Vince Flynn who passed away nearly two years ago, and he delivers a stunningly explosive thriller. The Survivor picks right up from where The Last Man leaves off, two weeks after Mitch Rapp puts a bullet in the head of Joe “Rick” Rickman. Officially, Rickman was a mid-level case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. Unofficially, he’d spent the previous eight years running the CIA’s black operations in the Islamic Republic – almost singlehandedly running the secret side of the war in Afghanistan. In the previous novel, Rickman staged his own kidnapping and beating, done at the hands of his accomplices to make it look as though Rick was tortured by Islamic terrorists. A video of the staged event was later posted on the internet and featured what appeared to be Rickman breaking at the hands of his tormentors to reveal secrets, including the mysterious name “Sitting Bull.” To cover his tracks, he conjured up a plan to kill Mitch Rapp, the one person he feared would figure out his betrayal and come looking for him. That plan, however, failed. Rapp figured out Rickman’s scheme and killed him, hoping to permanently plug the leak of information. The Survivor kicks off with Rickman already dead, but the threat to the CIA very much still alive. When a highly-valued mole giving information to the CIA is compromised, Mitch learns that Rickman fed the details of their relationship with the CIA to their home country via email just five days prior. That’s a problem, considering the timing of Rickman’s death. When a video message to Rapp and Irene Kennedy, the Director of the CIA, prerecorded by Joe himself in the event that he was found to be a traitor and killed, surfaces: two things are brought to light. Rick knew far more than he was supposed to, and he’d apparently found a way to distribute the damaging information from beyond the grave. It turns out that the leak wasn’t plugged with the bullet inserted into Rickman’s head, and once again Rapp finds himself searching for answers and a way to stop the purging of classified information before any of the CIA’s assets wind up dead. Mills expertly weaves a cast of familiar characters into a fresh, suspenseful and intricate plot that will dazzle fans of the series both old and new. His natural storytelling ability, which garnished praises from the likes of Tom Clancy early in his career, is on full display here. Longtime fans of the Rapp series may have been skeptical about a new author taking over their beloved Mitch Rapp. After all, Vince Flynn did turn Rapp into an annual staple on the New York Times Best Sellers List, penning thirteen novels featuring him as the protagonist. In fact, in the genre of political thrillers, Rapp’s name is tantamount to the likes of Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and James Bond. However, upon review of Mills debut Rapp novel, this longtime fan is more than happy to report that there is no disparity between Vince and Kyle’s portrayal of Mitch Rapp. In fact, as someone who has studied the entirety of Vince’s writings and compiled a rather hefty rolodex of notes on almost every conceivable topic, this was the thing I was most paying attention to as I read. In the end, I honestly couldn’t tell where Vince left off, and Kyle began writing. Actually, I’m willing to go a step further and say that The Survivor is one of the best Rapp novels written, certainly now among my top five f
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    While I enjoyed the read as a standalone story, I did not recognize Mitch's character in this book. He was absent! A tough act to follow Vince, I read to the end out of respect for this 'new' author, but I couldn't wait to close the book. Vince Flynn was a fantastic story teller, but there was no story to tell here. It just did not deliver. I will read the next upcoming book because I love to read about Mitch ... since that very first book I picked up all those years ago back in Indiana. That will help me decide if Mitch is dead or alive. Here's hoping! Very best of luck to Kyle! ..... we're all hoping and counting on you!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Long awaited and failed to disappoint
    PRPRINCESSRP More than 1 year ago
    This book is finally out... I was lucky enough to to have been chosen as an Mitch Rapp Ambassador and was lucky to receive an Advanced Reader’s Edition of this latest Rapp installment, The Survivor, written by Kyle Mills & the Late Vince Flynn. This book is action packed, from beginning to end. For me it was an emotional roller coaster, blood pressure rising, night sweats, you'd swear I was apart of the mission... All in all I laughed, cried, screamed, shrieked, cried, cheered and really enjoyed this latest installment. If you have yet to read Americas best Assassin.... You should. Vince Flynn would have been proud of the out come of this book. ‪#‎MitchRappisback‬ ‪#‎VinceFlynn‬ ‪#‎KyleMills‬ ‪#‎thrillers‬ ‪#‎novels‬ ‪#‎books‬ ‪#‎amreading‬ ‪#‎igreads‬ ‪#‎TheSurvivor‬ ‪#‎MitchRappAmbassador‬ ‪#‎bookworm‬
    chad-autio More than 1 year ago
    One of the my saddest days when I found out Vince had passed and I thought Mitch as well. This book is well done, Kyle has done a great job, the book flows seamlessly, great pace, and action packed as any other Vince written book. Well done sir!! Mitch is back!!! P.S. Get the movie done!!! ASAP
    PhillyG More than 1 year ago
    When I learned of the passing of Vince Flynn I thought I was losing another great author and another great character in Mitch Rapp. Upon the news of the Mitch Rapp saga continuing with a new author I was both skeptical and intrigued. I have to say that Kyle Mills did an excellent job with Mitch's character. I did feel that there was a much darker edge to Mitch in this book. The action was well done and I enjoyed the cast of characters back in print; Kennedy, Gould, Coleman etc... While at a few times I felt it wasn't Vince's writing, for the most part it was a great transition into the next chapter of the Mitch Rapp series. I have to say after I read the first chapter which was written by Vince Flynn, I was emotional knowing that was his last work. I highly recommend The Survivor.
    AEFredV More than 1 year ago
    HE'S BACK! Mitch Rapp returns in the full form in the latest from Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills. Many thought that this day would never come when Vince Flynn passed away in 2013 before he was able to complete The Survivor. But Kyle Mills has proven up to the task and delivered in spades. Once again, the reader is drawn into the world of terrorism, political intrigue and challenged to rethink their perception of world events in this fast paced thriller. From Afghanistan to Russia to Europe and the United States, the race is on to stop the release of information that will cripple the US's covert operations. Mitch must face ghosts from the past to accomplish this mission. This is one book not to be missed.
    Nelson More than 1 year ago
    I just finished the Vince Flynn book "The Survivor” which is a Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills. Since Vince Flynn started writing in 1997, I have read all 14 of his books which included 13 in the Mitch Rapp Series. Mitch Rapp is an elite CIA operative. I was quite upset when Vince Flynn died at the age of 47 in 2013 as he was one of my favorite authors. Occasionally when I try a new author, I will struggle to finish the book. Not so with any of the Vince Flynn books. Right from the beginning of every one of his books, I was totally engaged in the story line, and I read each book as quickly as I could. So when I heard that Kyle Mills was going to continue the Mitch Rapp series, I was wondering if he could write to the same quality as Vince Flynn. I was thrilled when I read an advance reader’s edition of “The Survivor” and determined that Kyle Mills has done an incredible job of continuing the Mitch Rapp Series. I couldn’t put the book down. Great job Kyle! I highly recommend “The Survivor”, which will be released on October 6th.. I look forward to more of the Mitch Rapp Series written by Kyle Mills. If you like reading CIA action novels, you will love this book.
    Bayhi More than 1 year ago
    Spectacular job by Kyle Mills. It's rare when a new author can successfully step in and continue a series but this one works. I felt like I was reading another story by Vince Flynn and I loved the way the ongoing story line was wrapped up. Rejoice Mitch Rapp fans. He's atill with us.
    cyalatermd More than 1 year ago
    I started the Flynn series about two years ago, on a recommendation from a friend. I started with American Assassin,and by about mid book, I was hooked! I couldn't get enough. I stormed through the first 4-5 books in the series, when I decided one day to do a little reading on the author himself, Me Flynn. Needless to say, I was shocked, when I read that Vince had passed recently. I was sad for several reasons, but one of the reasons was that I was now reading a series that was like an hour glass, with a finite ending. My hope that I could read a new Rapp book every year for the next _____years was gone. Until it wasn't...... When I heard that Vince's family had agreed with Kyle Mills to continue the series, I didn't know much about him. But I was still skeptical. Since I finished the Rapp series, I have tried author after author, series after series, and NONE of them, keep me as enthralled and on the edge of my seat, they way Vince did. So you can see why I was skeptical. Yes I was excited, but my expectations were tepid. Getting to Survivor, I entered a contest to win an advanced readers edition. Lucky for me, I was selected. Nit long after, the book arrived, and still, I was skeptical. So much so, I was actually hesitant to start the book. I wasn't sure would I'd do if I got into the book and it veered off of Vince's path. Finally, on a long business trip, I decided to take the plunge. Not long into the book, I became annoyed with myself that I waited so long (two weeks or so). Reason being, THE BOOK IS FANTASTIC! Kyle Mills absolutely nailed it. Personally, if you'd have taken his name off the cover, I would have thought Vince wrote the book. It's that good. I will say in all sincerity, Survivor is in my top 3 favorites of the series, and as time goes by, it might actually be my all time favorite! So do yourself a favor and go get this book, you will be amazed! Well done Mr Mills, well done. RIP Vince
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Seamless! This one word describe the juxtaposition of two authors corroborating on one novel. I don't know how much Vince completed while writing The Survivor before his tragic passing, but Kyle Mills certainly wove his style into Vince's so that it's impossible to say who wrote what. The opening grabbed my attention and it never wavered. Conflicts abound, with strong character development as we learn even more about what six of our protagonists (Mitch, Stan, Irene, Scott, Mike, and Marcus) do to get through each of the many subplots in typical Vince Flynn fashion, i.e., take no prisoners. All the loose ends are neatly tied up as the story ends, but somehow I feel that Mitch will be called upon again. Continue the march, Kyle. Gary Nash
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    Really enjoyed it page Turner and suspense
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    Anonymous 5 months ago
    I think kile did a great job. Tall order steping into Vince's shoes. I look forward to the next one.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago