The Survivor (Mitch Rapp #14), by Kyle Mills

Four stars

In the long-awaited return of Mitch Rapp, Kyle Mills tries to fill the enormous shoes left with the passing of Vince Flynn. When former CIA ace Agent Rick Rickman stole a large collection of highly classified documents, panic ensued. The identities of a number of agents and missions spanning all four corners of the earth were now in the hands of a man who sacrificed himself to the Pakistanis. Director Irene Kennedy has little choice but to release her star field agent, Mitch Rapp, to intercept Rickman and get the files back. However, little does she know that even with Rickman’s death, the headaches are far from over. Somehow, documents are being released electronically, through some timed release format. While Rapp and his team have been highly reactive, trying to protect those in grave danger, they are unable to proactively ascertain the location of the files and how to stop this ever-growing headache. As Rapp searches the world for the documents, he must also deal with the Pakistanis, whose impetus for learning and obtaining this mountain of secrets could put them in a position to become the first Muslim superpower, with nuclear capabilities. As Rapp works diligently and Kennedy’s hold on the CIA lessens, the reader is left to wonder if Rapp has finally met his match and will go down with guns blazing. Mills does a wonderful job at the helm, injecting the same sass and gumption into the Rapp character as ever before.

In a recent review, I spoke about Kyle Mills and his ability to take on a series whose foundation was laid by a great author. Here, as Mills is handed the Mitch Rapp series, he must not only continue with the CIA-themed plot, but also fit himself behind the control panel that IS Mitch Rapp. With countless nuances within the Rapp character, Mills must deliver to a collection of fans who have been ravenous for a novel depicting their beloved Rapp. As the title suggests, Mills did complete his task with his head held high and is assured of being adopted into the larger Vince Flynn fan club.With fast-paced action and a great attention to detail, Mills write a seamless fourteenth novel in the series, whose authorship is unclear, the novel reads so well. A must-read for series fans, especially those concerned about the transition, for few will find fault in what they are presented.

Kudos, Mr. Mills for this novel with does immortalise Vince Flynn and the Mitch Rapp character so completely. Please do continue with the storytelling and, in true character development fashion, begin to morph things and shake things up where you can.