New York Times bestselling author of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp novels Kyle Mills rewrites the rules for thrillers with Fade -- a novel ripped from today's headlines
Welcome to the new war on terror. A secret wing of Homeland Security is recruiting agents to work undercover in the Middle East, and the director wants his second-in-command, Matt Egan, to bring aboard an old friend, Salam Al Fayed—better known as Fade. He's perfect: An ex-Navy Seal and the son of immigrants, he speaks flawless Arabic.
Trouble is, he's "retired"; he was wounded in the line of duty, and the government refused to pay for the risky surgery that could have helped him. Now he's walking around with a bullet lodged near his spine, and he's not too fond of anyone in the government -- least of all, his ex-best friend Matt Egan, whom he blames for his present condition.
Against Egan's wishes, the director tries to "persuade" Fade to join the team. But Fade is prepared to fight back at any cost. The chase is on -- will Matt be able to find his friend-turned-fugitive before Fade can take the ultimate revenge?
Fade is a remarkable, take-no-prisoners program from an unparalleled writer at the height of his talents.
Since 9/11, even the best thriller writers have been constricted by stock heroes (mostly ex-military white Americans) and villains (mostly Arab terrorists) who make it hard to tell one book from another. Leave it to Mills (Smoke Screen) to solve that problem in an exciting, original way. His Salam al Fayed (aka Fade), an American agent of Arab ancestry and a former navy SEAL, is as tough and loyal as they come. But when his latest mission ends in failure and his government employers treat him badly, Fade becomes increasingly bitter. So when his former friend and colleague, Matt Egan, is ordered by the head of a secret agency of the Department of Homeland Security to persuade Fade to put aside his anger and join an undercover team in the Middle East, Fade has a one-word answer in English as well as Arabic. Egan, who's almost as interesting a character as Fade, is full of guilt for what happened to his old friend, but he also knows that his boss is right: Fade is perfect for the new assignment. In fact, all the government people are fully credible within the boundaries of their responsibilities. Mills's prose is crisp and his action skills are top-notch. In Fade, he has created a true thriller hero for the present and the immediate future.
The line between right and wrong is often just a line. Thanks to the other reviewer. Spoiler alert… Have you ever written a review? The characters in Fade don’t follow the Thriller template and its refreshing to read a book that isn’t like all the others. Kudos to Kyle. Looking forward to your spin on future projects!
ABSOLUTELY A FAN
Thank you Kyle, I have been a decades long fan of Flynn and when Mills seamlessly took over the Rapp Series, I couldn’t stop. Now the Hero’s keep coming and I have to have more .
A hundred percent! This book was so graphic and exhilarating for me. I literally felt like i was watching a movie as i read this. I felt every emotion and it was just amazing. I read this book when i was 12 years old and I’m still not over it. It’s so worth it. I’m really speechless. It was like a retro new age Achilles had burst through the door of today’s literature.