This instant #1 New York Times bestseller and “modern techno-thriller” (New York Journal of Books) follows Mitch Rapp in a race to prevent Russia’s gravely ill leader from starting a full-scale war with NATO.
When Russian president Maxim Krupin discovers that he has inoperable brain cancer, he’s determined to cling to power. His first task is to kill or imprison any of his countrymen who can threaten him. Soon, though, his illness becomes serious enough to require a more dramatic diversion—war with the West.
Upon learning of Krupin’s condition, CIA director Irene Kennedy understands that the US is facing an opponent who has nothing to lose. The only way to avoid a confrontation that could leave millions dead is to send Mitch Rapp to Russia under impossibly dangerous orders. With the Kremlin’s entire security apparatus hunting him, he must find and kill a man many have deemed the most powerful in the world.
Success means averting a war that could consume all of Europe. But if his mission is discovered, Rapp will plunge Russia and America into a conflict that neither will survive in “a timely, explosive novel that shows yet again why Mitch Rapp is the best hero the thriller genre has to offer” (The Real Book Spy).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Vince Flynn’s wily CIA counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp returns in this pulse-quickening thriller full of tactical intrigue and brazen violence. The book’s fictional Russian president is grappling with a terrible secret that’s threatening his country’s power dynamics and political stability; the resulting uncertainty reverberates from Costa Rica to the White House. The always cool-under-pressure Rapp navigates perilous situations with a nimble intellect and physical grace, making Red War speed by like a high-energy action movie. We’re thinking Mark Ruffalo for the lead.
A highly original plot lifts bestseller Mills's outstanding fourth entry in the late Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series (after 2017's Enemy of the State). The president of Russia, Maxim Krupin, a vigorous, unrelenting dictator given to riding horses while shirtless and hunting wild bears, gets some bad news: there's a tumor in his brain that requires debilitating treatment and may kill him. To cover up his medical issues, Krupin calls in Gen. Andrei Sokolov, the head of the Russian armed forces and a trusted adviser, to execute a series of military actions that will allow Krupin to disappear without drawing suspicion from either the public or the many internal enemies who threaten his regime. Sokolov, even more of a psychopath than Krupin, plans to invade Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in a surprise attack on NATO. Meanwhile, CIA director Irene Kennedy sends counterterrorism agent Rapp into Ukraine to figure out what's going on with Russia and Krupin. Events continue to escalate, and soon the situation is poised to go nuclear. Mills is writing at the top of his game in this nail-biter.
Good story line, I’m a big fan of the series.
Not much of a thriller
This book never put me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen. It just was not that exciting. Which baffles me given how interesting a war with Russia would be in the fictional sense. Kyle Mills made Mitch a bit weaker and less aggressive than were used to and poor Azarov was just pitiful when in previous books he’s been quite the interesting character. All in all weak plots that never really go anywhere disappointed me as an avid Mitch Rapp fan. Scott Coleman gets left behind but it’s glossed over. Mitch gets pinned in a corner and some how just walks away. That’s not very exciting. This book is lacking a flame that drove the previous along to nail biting endings.
It is interesting that no one seems to notice the shallowness of these stories about Mitch Rapp since the passing of Vince Flynn. Whereas Flynn had an honest-to-goodness gift for plot and character development, his successor only knows the barest rudiments of narrative. It’s enough to keep the series alive but lacks cohesion or depth. Just read an earlier Flynn novel and immediately follow with this more recent schlock and you’ll see immediately what the difference is.