Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills
Published in 2015, this was the last Mitch Rapp book that author, late Vince Flynn had underway before his untimely death in 2013. Kyle Mills continued it to produce another Rapp thriller. Kyle melded this with characters from his own thriller novels apparently. It was just as good as the Flynn created Rapp series bringing the Afghanis and that rugged country along with Pakistanis and nuclear powers head to head. In this thriller packed with action and intrigue, Rapp, CIA operative will face an old long time nemesis, lose his mentor Stan Hurley and battle cyber threats while fighting on the ground in the same rough physical pace this character portrays best. Irene Kennedy may face the end of her career in humiliating circumstances.
Some of my favorite passages are as follows. Page 69, "Rapp was the pinnacle. Most people had become resigned to the fact that he was unkillable. Gould was one of the few people on the planet who had tried and lived to tell the tale and even he had to admit that he'd been lucky. Twice.....Rapp wasn't just unkillable, he was in many ways unstoppable..." Page 264, reveals a chilling consideration, likely more truth than fiction, "It was shortly thereafter that he had joined with Mitch Rapp and the Americans. Not because he believed in their futile and unwelcome efforts to turn Afghanistan into a modern democracy. No, he'd simply seen them as a powerful ally in his quest to kill the men responsible for taking away his life.....The Americans were a confused and naive people, but generally the champions of peace and stability. Occupations were not in their nature. Unlike the fanatics who had converged on his country, the Americans could be counted on to leave."
Page 275 rings true especially with this current inept cowardly federal regime aka administration. " The problem was that unimaginably stupid had become a job requirement in Washington.