RED WAR by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills

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A Mitch Rapp Novel, Book 15

Vince Flynn created the persona of Mitch Rapp, writing 13 novels featuring this hero. Unfortunately, the literary world lost Flynn due to his untimely passing in 2013, but did not lose Mitch Rapp. Kyle Mills, a noted author in his own right, picked up the gauntlet and began writing novels utilizing Mitch, his brilliant supervisor Irene Kennedy, and the backup of a secret group reporting directly to the president of the United States.

“Red War” is such a book. Kyle Mills successfully utilizes the formula Flynn began with Mitch Rapp novels. There is action aplenty, playing out on a world wide stage and a style that captures the reader, causing a lack of sleep until the novel is finished. The difference with this book is that Russia rather than radical Islamic terrorism takes the stage as the villain. This seems to reflect the renewed emphasis on the evil empire as radical Islamic terrorism seems to be a bit less dangerous to the western world at the present time.

Maxim Krupin is the president of Russia and a complete dictator. He learns that he has inoperable brain cancer and is determined to hold power over his country as long as possible. In order to do so, as well as preventing people from noticing that he has become physically weakened Krupin decides to initiate a war with the west. The action requires that he invade and take over several countries previously allied with Russia during the cold war period. Irene Kennedy gets wind of what Krupin plans and assigns Mitch Rapp to thwart those ideas.

Mitch’s actions and the results obtained are, shall we say, somewhat exaggerated but consistent with the literary license both Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills utilize to develop the story. The usage of this style has made the Mitch Rapp novels the success that they are and readers will continue to enjoy the books as they appear. Often times it isn’t at all bad to stay with a hero that is a bit invincible and is acting on a world stage.

9/18 Paul Lane

RED WAR by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills. Atria/Emily Bestler Books (September 25, 2018).  ISBN 978-1501190599. 384p.

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