Order to Kill (Mitch Rapp Series #15)

Order to Kill (Mitch Rapp Series #15)

by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills

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Order to Kill (Mitch Rapp Series #15) by Vince Flynn, Kyle Mills

In a pulse-pounding race to save America, covert operative Mitch Rapp confronts a mortal threat. But this time he might have met his match.

Mitch Rapp is used to winning. But thanks to several scheming and unscrupulous members of the Pakistani secret service, he finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to 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. 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 Iraqi 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 the same breathless tension and relentless action as Vince Flynn’s greatest novels, Mitch Rapp’s latest adventure is as timely and provocative as ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476783499
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: Mitch Rapp Series , #15
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 16,286
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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, The Survivor, Order to Kill, Enemy of the State, and Red War. American Assassin was released as a major film in 2017.

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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Order to Kill


  • NEAR FRANSCHHOEK
    SOUTH AFRICA

    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.

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    Order to Kill 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year 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
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazingly detailed and fast-paced! Nearly impossible not to envelope yourself and ignore the reality that surrounds you while reading this latest Mitch Rapp thriller! While I definitely still miss Vince, Kyle Mills has taken the torch and sprinted with it. Superbly done!
    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.
    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
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Will written story
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Another great book by Vince Flynn
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    For a Vince Flynn book that wasn’t actually written by Vince Flynn it was certainly up to the standards Mr. Flynn set. Fast paced with lots of action and a touch of humor to take the edge off. Will continue to follow the Mitch Rapp series
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Not my favorite but still good.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Well written, not predictable except in the broadest terms. You know Mitch is going to win but the skills of his opponent match his own. Very well done and a pleasure to read.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great read. My first Mitch Rapp book. Looking for the next one!!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I enjoyed reading this. One of the best.
    Drewano More than 1 year ago
    Another great Mitch Rapp novel, ‘Order to Kill’ starts at a break neck pace from the start and doesn’t let off the gas. If you’ve read the other books in the series then you’ll know what to expect. The same cast of characters are around and the pacing and writing style are similar to when Vince Flynn was writing them (and a bit better in my opinion). If you’re a fan of the series this won’t disappoint.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great read, right there with Vince Flynn now, couldnt put it down.
    Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Looking forward to the next one.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous 20 hours ago
    Enjoyable read
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    K