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Full coverage of all your favorite thriller authors, and their characters, unlike anywhere else on the web , breaking: kyle mills set to exit the mitch rapp series, author don bentley taking over in 2024.
Mitch Rapp is back, but things are changing behind the scenes.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills, who first took over the late Vince Flynn’s iconic series in 2015 and has since contributed eight consecutive bestsellers, is set to depart the Mitch Rapp franchise following his ninth and final book in the series, Code Red , later this year. Taking over will be Don Bentley, best known for his own Matt Drake series and the work he’s done in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Jr series, including Tom Clancy Flashpoint , which will hit stores in May.
In a statement made during the original announcement back on June 23, 2014, just a year after Flynn died following a battle with cancer, Mills said, “I’m really honored to have been asked to continue the Mitch Rapp series. Vince was a great guy who helped me out in my career and as a diehard Rapp fan, I know how devastated his readers are. They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing an iconic thriller character.”
Nine years later, it’s safe to say that Mills’ mission has been accomplished.
Not only was he able to step in seamlessly, continuing Rapp’s legacy, but the argument could even be made that, under Mills, the series was elevated, reaching new heights. Widely adored by the diehard fanbase, Mills first won over readers with The Survivor . That book, which had been started by Flynn, was finished by Mills and was released in 2015. Incredibly, most readers couldn’t tell where Flynn’s voice left off and Mills began. Though it would later be revealed that Flynn had only written three pages, which Mills used as the first chapter, early reviews, courtesy of the first-ever Mitch Rapp Ambassador program, raved that The Survivor read and felt like a genuine Vince Flynn novel. He followed that up with hit after hit, cementing the Kyle Mills era as a resounding success.
Ahead of today’s big announcement, I sat down for a ninety-minute Zoom call with both Kyle Mills and Don Bentley, where we discussed all things Mitch Rapp. During that time, it was clear to me just how much both authors admire Vince Flynn and love the characters he created.
“The main reason,” said Kyle Mills when I asked him why now is the right time for him to leave this franchise, “is because I’ve been wanting to write a sequel to a book I wrote called Fade for probably fifteen years now. It never seemed like the right time for the character, but with the way the world has changed, he seems like the right guy to tell that story through. I actually tried to tell that story with Mitch starting with Enemy at the Gates , where I had a three-book arc about democracy falling in the United States, but it just didn’t feel right for that series, and I didn’t ever want to get to a point where I was writing my own books with Vince’s characters. I just don’t think that’s a direction the series should go in.”
Though fans will no doubt be sad to see Mills leave, the author should be commended for his steadfast approach to always honor Flynn’s legacy by staying true to his character and the tone of his books.
“I finally finished this arc that I was on with Mitch, and it just felt like the right time to wrap it up,” said Mills, further explaining his decision to step aside. “It sort of feels like Mitch is onto the next step in his life, and that feels like the perfect time for somebody else to take it over that has a fresh idea and a fresh direction for Rapp and the series.”
Enter Don Bentley, an incredible talent who first burst onto the thriller scene with his hard-hitting debut novel, Without Sanction , back in 2020. A year later, he replaced author Mike Maden, taking over Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Junior series. For the last few years, he’s pulled double duty, churning out two books a year. But it’s precisely that work in Clancy’s Ryanverse that may very well have prepared Bentley for this gig, as Mitch Rapp remains one of the industry’s biggest stars.
More on that in just a moment.
“I’m here, and I’m reading these manuscripts, and if it’s not Vince, I’m not doing it.” — Emily Bestler, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF of Emily Bestler Books
Speaking to Emily Bestler, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of Atria Books at publishing powerhouse Simon & Schuster, I asked her what Kyle Mills has meant to this series over the last nine years. “Everything,” said Bestler. “He’s done such an amazing job. He got inside the mind of Mitch Rapp better than I think anyone could have expected. From the very first book that he wrote, there was nothing about Mitch that Kyle didn’t know. The carryover was so seamlessly handled by Kyle.”
Bestler, known for finding such talents as Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and more recently, Jack Carr, is the only editor to have ever worked on the Mitch Rapp books. With more than two decades of experience and familiarity with Rapp, I asked her how the character has changed over the years. “I think that Mitch has hardened,” she told me. “He was always tough and always there to get the job done, but he’s so battle scared by now, and . . . and he’s definitely more lethal.”
Frankly, I couldn’t agree more with Bestler, and I would imagine that most Book Spy readers will too. Mitch Rapp is the American assassin. He’s the most badass character in the genre today, but that’s not necessarily what makes him so beloved. To tackle that, I asked Bestler why she thinks Rapp has such a passionate following.
“I think it’s because Mitch speaks for grassroots America. He always has. So his opinions, his actions, his alliances, and his enemies all make sense to your average American with a lot of common sense and a lot of skepticism of the government. Mitch kind of goes out there and does and says what we all would love to do but don’t get the chance to. But reading about it is extremely satisfying.”
In today’s publishing world, it’s common to see legacy books lining store shelves. From Tom Clancy to Robert Ludlum to Robert B. Parker, W.E.B. Griffin, and many other others, numerous authors have passed away, only to have their series and characters transcend them. Not only do they make a lot of money, but doing so meets a big demand for those characters to stay in print. Still, there’s something about Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series that feels different, and while Don Bentley touched on that a bit below, it was Emily Bestler who made that point abundantly clear.
The issue is that there are times when those legacy books take on the feel and tone of the new writer who steps in to keep the franchise going. That can be off-putting to fans, and understandably so. Thankfully, with the team in place at S&S—from Bestlter to David Brown, Director of Publicity and Marketing at Atria Books, and so many others—that won’t be the case for Mitch Rapp moving forward, and fans should expect their favorite hero to remain the same character they know and love.
“In terms of continuity, Vince was family,” said Bestler, remembering the late author before explaining her approach to still publishing new Rapp novels. “I was close to him for twenty years. I was the editor of his very first book onward. I’m close to his wife and his kids. The entire company felt that Vince was family and felt very strongly that after he died, we wanted to continue his legacy, but we never wanted to take advantage of it. It truly was about continuing his legacy and was not simply a commercial enterprise. We’ve always felt very strongly that we’re not going to do it if we can’t do it exactly the way Vince would like it. And certainly, as somebody who has read every word that Vince ever wrote, I can tell when somebody is not Vince. I’m here, and I’m reading these manuscripts, and if it’s not Vince, I’m not doing it. Kyle, of course, knew that and did it so beautifully. And Don, I just feel so strongly is perfect to carry on that tradition of excellence and respect for Vince’s work. He’s coming into it with a long history of being a Mitch Rapp fan and a very strong desire to carry on that Legacy, just as Kyle did.”
I asked Bestler what attributes she was looking for while searching for the right author to take over for Mills, and she made it clear that whoever was going to come aboard needed a vast knowledge of Rapp himself, and Don Bentley fit that bill perfectly.
“As I mentioned, that deep knowledge of Vince and Mitch was crucial. So was an appreciation for what Vince had done because, you know, whoever takes this job, those are big footsteps, and you need to have that desire, and that history, and the ability to do these books. Don Bentley is a fantastic writer, and that, of course, was important too.”
“I actually took Protect and Defend and wrote it scene by scene on notecards, then taped them onto my bedroom wall . . . which my wife loved” — Don Bentley
In the case of Bentley, he actually does have something else to offer that neither Flynn nor Mills could bring to the table, and that’s a background that lends itself directly to these types of books. A former FBI Special Agent, SWAT Team member, and Army Apache helicopter pilot, Bentley knows plenty about the kind of life that real Mitch Rapps live, and Bestler made it no secret that she’s intrigued by how he might incorporate some of those experiences into his writing.
Bentley’s first Mitch Rapp novel is due out sometime in the fall of 2024. Kyle Mills’ final entry in the series, Code Red , bows on September 12th, and Bestler told me it’s “the very best book from Kyle Mills yet.”
Taking a moment to reminisce with Mills, looking back on his nine years as the keeper of all things Mitch Rapp, I asked him which book in this series was his favorite to write. Without hesitating, told me, “ Order to Kill. That book, honestly, I felt was just the right blend of me and Vince. I thought it encompassed everything Vince does well and everything that I do well. For example, you had Grisha Azaraov, who was not a character that Vince probably would have written. So, that part felt like me, but then you add in the plot and storylines and all the action, and that felt like Vince.”
“My favorite Vince book is Protect and Defend, ” said Don Bentley as we discussed the series as a whole. In fact, that book is special to Bentley for a number of reasons, including the fact that it helped him, in a way, find his voice as an author.
“When I had written my third book, and it still hadn’t sold, I was like, ‘there’s something wrong, and I can’t figure it out.’ We had a little house at the time then, and I didn’t even have an office. So I actually took Protect and Defend and wrote it scene by scene on notecards, then taped them onto my bedroom wall, which,” Betnely said with a chuckle, “my wife loved. But it gave me the ability to look and see how many scenes Vince would go before he brings Mitch Rapp back into the fold. I could see which scenes were him on an airplane talking to someone versus how many scenes were action or gunfights. But the reason I love that book so much is that when Irene [Kennedy] is captured, and Mitch basically says, ‘hold my beer,’ that is one of the best action scenes I’ve ever read. It so encapsulates who Mitch Rapp is and how he does what he does.”
For the record, Bentley, who clearly thinks a lot of the work Mills has done to date, noted that his favorite Rapp novel from the Mills era is Enemy at the Gates . And when I asked him which character besides Mitch Rapp that he’s most excited to write, a big smile flashed across his face as he said, “Irene Kennedy.”
Wrapping things up, I asked Don Bentley what he wanted fans of Vince Flynn and his series to know about him as he takes the torch from Mills. After pausing for a moment to really consider his answer, a heartfelt Bentley said simply, “That Vince Flynn is my favorite author of all time.” But it’s what he said next that should leave Rapp fans excited, as he expressed just how appreciative he is to get a chance to explore Mitch Rapp’s world while fully recognizing just how important this series is to readers.
“I came into this genre with Tom Clancy when I was a kid,” said Bentley, “but it was Vince Flynn who brought me back to it. I wanted to be a writer because of Vince Flynn. Like almost every other author who came after him, I modeled parts of my protagionist [Matt Drake] after Mitch Rapp. I will always be a fan of this series. I’m incredibly honored to get to do this, and to be honest with you, I’m probably even more terrified to do this than I was taking over the Clancy series. Not because I put any less weight on it, but because there had been a bunch of writers who had done it before me. So the system was established, and Tom Colgan, who oversees all that, is a fantastic editor. When Kyle took over, nobody knew for sure whether Vince’s books were going to live on or not. Nobody knew if Kyle would be able to pull it off or if his work would resonate with the fans, and I really do feel like the expectations are enormous on this because . . . how many times does a band or book series have a fantastic frontman, which then transitions to another fantastic one who can do just as well? Not very often, right? But what I would say to Mitch Rapp fans is that I love this series, and I can’t believe that I get to open a Word document and type Mitch Rapp’s name in a book I’m writing.”
As for what, exactly, Bentley is writing, we won’t know anything about his first Rapp novel until next year, but you can bet he’ll come out swinging. In the meantime, Code Red , the final Mitch Rapp novel from Kyle Mills, is now available for pre-order wherever books are sold.
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So you’ve been craving an action-packed book series that would make you continuously sip your coffee and keep flicking the pages, all while you bite your nail to figure out what happens next? If that’s the case, then Vince Flynn’s books are the perfect adrenaline booster for you.
Vince Flynn’s book series have been read and loved by millions of readers across the US. He is the creative genius behind the ruthless and daring CIA agent, Mitch Rapp. With over 20 books out for thriller fans to read, the latest book is right around the corner, and now would be the best time to start reading Flynn’s books.
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So here’s the complete list of Vince Flynn’s books in both reading order and release order. Although according to Mr. Flynn himself, it is recommended that you read the books in chronological order. Let’s start.
1. American Assassin (2010)
Begin the journey of the adventurous life of Mitch Rapp with American Assassin, the prequel book that explores the origin story of the CIA agent. It’s important to start with this book as it sets the background for Mitch Rapp, what kind of life he lived before and what made him become this vengeful, ruthless assassin of terrorists.
What to Expect: An emotional backstory where you get to see the protagonist become the man he is today. This book establishes the character and sets the stage for the next book.
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2. Kill Shot (2012)
The story continues ahead as Mitch Rapp is filled with vengeance, and he won’t stop until he kills the culprits responsible for the great tragedy of his life (we’re trying not to give out too much information). But the first battle against terrorists is not as simple as it seems.
Rapp gets stuck in a foreign country, hunted down in every direction; how is he going to survive?
What to Expect: An excitement pack of thrill and suspense. And loads of action, for sure.
3. Transfer Of Power (1999)
Transfer of Power was the first book in the series that introduced Mitch Rapp, and what an introduction it was! The story starts with a bang with some evil terrorists taking over the White House. While the president is safe inside a bunker, innocent lives are still at risk.
Who could save them and save America? An elite CIA agent with the skill and will to kill. But don’t think this book is just a fest of slash and thrash. You’d find a great amount of suspense and shock too.
What to Expect: A dash of suspense, a dash of heroism, and a book packed with a lot of action.
4. The Third Option (2000)
The Third Option is a book that explores other challenges Mitch Rapp faces beyond the critical situation where he’s needed to kill the terrorist. The story involves the succession of Dr. Irene Kennedy to become the director of the CIA and every corrupt official in the Government trying to stop it.
Mitch Rapp gets framed and hunted down by his agency. How will he manage to turn the situation around? Read it to find out.
What to Expect: A tale of corruption, hunger for power, and the struggle of the hero to prove himself right.
5. Separation Of Power (2001)
Separation of Power takes the stakes to a whole new level, and this time it’s not just the United States, but the whole world is in danger. If Mitch Rapp fails to get rid of the people planning to put a target on the CIA director’s back, it could lead to World War 3.
The nail-biting book will keep you turning the pages as Rapp uses his skills to avert a global disaster and the fall of the modern world.
What to Expect: Extreme suspense, a high-stakes story, and a satisfying conclusion.
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6. Executive Power (2003)
With Mitch Rapp becoming known for his skills and all that he has achieved to prevent the plans of terrorists and moles inside the government, he finds himself standing at the center stage of every major terrorist organization. The terrorists are eager to put a bullet in Rapp’s head.
Watch Mitch Rapp fight some of his most devious and dangerous foes and emerge stronger than ever.
What to Expect: The heroic struggle of the protagonist, a dash of suspense and shock, and a lot of action, again.
7. Memorial Day (2004)
The terrorists want to shake the nation to its core and show them how defenseless America can be by planning a nuclear strike on D.C, on Memorial Day. But America has her finest protector. Mitch Rapp counters the terrorist’s attempt, and he does so in the most heroic way.
But there’s more. Rapp is shocked to find out how far the hornet’s nest has spread, from the Middle East to Washington D.C. The time is running out, and he has to work fast to stop a disaster.
What to Expect: A lot of suspense, a nail-biting story, and a fast-paced story to pump up your adrenaline.
8. Consent To Kill (2005)
What happens when the hero who saved the country is backed against the wall, and his own country starts doubting his motives? Consent to Kill is a story of revenge when the terrorists go personal, and instead of targeting the country, they target Mitch Rapp.
What to Expect: A lot of action with a surprising amount of emotional ride.
9. Act Of Treason (2006)
The Jihadis have made their nest very close to him, and Al-Qaeda’s agents have infiltrated the Capitol. This book is brimming with shocking reveals, difficult situations, and even more difficult decisions that Mitch Rapp has to make to prevent America from crumbling from within.
What to Expect: A lot of suspense and personal struggle.
10. Protect And Defend (2007)
Protect and Defend puts our hero Mitch Rapp head-to-head against one of his most dangerous foes. The Iranian government sends terrorist Imad Mukhtar to ensure a war starts, leading to devastating outcomes. But Mukhtar does not expect what he is up against; the best counter-terrorist agent, Mitch Rapp.
What to Expect: A book packed with action, thrill, and adrenaline.
11. Extreme Measures (2008)
Extreme Measures brings Mitch Rapp working together with another brilliant agent, Mike Nash. But this time, the fight is not just against Al-Qaeda, but the power-hungry officials who want to dictate every move of these CIA agents.
12. Pursuit Of Honor (2009)
The story of Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash continues as they seek revenge for a gut-wrenching terrorist attack that lead to the death of more than a hundred Americans. The struggle for power and the problems Rapp and Nash face make this book a very exciting read.
13. The Last Man (2012)
The Last Man introduces us more to the human side of this battle-hardened CIA agent. When Rapp’s friend, Joe Rickman, goes missing, he is ready to do whatever it takes to find him.
No matter how many terrorists he has to kill or go beyond the officials’ orders who are trying to control him, Rapp is a man on a mission, impossible to stop.
14. The Survivor (2015)
The Survivor was written by Kyle Mills as Vince Flynn passed away in the year 2013. While avid readers might find some changes in the writing style, the series did not lose its charm or the thrilling plot.
Mitch Rapp is once again on a mission to save the future of the United States, and he has to put everything at stake to keep the country safe.
15. Order To Kill (2016)
Order To Kill refreshes the readers as Mitch Rapp now turns his attention toward the cold lands of Russia and their plot to attack the United States.
Russian terrorists are trying to get a hold of the Pakistani nuclear arsenal, and things could go south very soon if that happens. Find out how Mitch Rapp is going to save the day as he dives deep into the rabbit hole of shocking discoveries.
16. Enemy Of The State (2017)
Mitch Rapp leaves the CIA, but that does not stop him from protecting his country. With a new foe at the gates, Rapp assembles a team of trusted people who can manage to help him defeat the Saudis, all while being hunted down by his own country.
17. Red War (2018)
A man who has nothing to lose goes berserk, potentially leading to the fall of America and Russia, and eventually the world.
The Russian president finds out he has only a few days to live and decides to wage war against the West. Rapp’s mission?
To land on foreign soil and assassinate the most powerful man in Russia.
18. Lethal Agent (2019)
War has many forms, and in Lethal Agent, war takes the form of a deadly disease. ISIS agents are planning to attack the United States with a bioweapon, Anthrax.
But that’s not all; problems start brewing in Mexico as well, all while there’s an internal tussle. Mitch Rapp has to save everything or lose it all.
19. Total Power (2020)
Total Power poses a new threat to America; a terrorist attack that would take the entire power grid of the nation. A cyber attack of such scale will send America back to the Stone Age. The threat is dangerous, and preventing it is difficult. How is Mitch Rapp going to get it done?
20. Enemy at the Gates (2021)
A thrilling story of trust and distrust and the shocking reveal of all the people who are disloyal to the nation, Enemy at the Gates is one of the most exciting books in the series, and it deserves all the praise it gets.
21. Oath of Loyalty (2022)
Oath of Loyalty will release on Sep 13, 2022
22. Terminal Limit
Terminal Limit is the first book published by Vince Flynn in the year 1997. While it does not have our protagonist Mitch Rapp, it has everything else. From the supporting characters to the same thrilling plot. Worth reading if you love Flynn’s work.
Vince Flynn’s Book in Release Order
- Terminal Limit (1 997)
- Transfer Of Power (1999)
- The Third Option (2000)
- Separation Of Power (2001)
- Executive Power (2003)
- Memorial Day (2004)
- Consent To Kill (2005)
- Act Of Treason (2006)
- Protect And Defend (2007)
- Extreme Measures (2008)
- Pursuit Of Honor (2009)
- American Assassin (2010)
- Kill Shot (2012)
- The Last Man (2012)
- The Survivor (2015)
- Order To Kill (2016)
- Enemy Of The State (2017)
- Red War (2018)
- Lethal Agent (2019)
- Total Power (2020)
- Enemy at the Gates (2021)
Vince Flynn has made his name in the action/thriller genre and is now considered a veteran. With his command over the language, the understanding of pace, and the creation of extremely gripping and hooking stories, it is not a surprise that his books spend a lot of time on the best-sellers lists every time he releases a new one. Start this great and action-filled literary journey with the reading list.
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Vince Flynn Books in Order | Mitch Rapp Series
Vince Flynn’s book in order is an amazing read for those who love to indulge in political thriller novels. Vince Flynn was a fantastic novelist and his novels showcase the story around the fictional assassin, Mitch Rapp .
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Vince Flynn Books in Order of Publication
Vince’s first book Term Limits was a product of five years of hard work and was a major hit. After that success, he wrote more books and some of them are booksellers. Most of his writings are part of his famous series Mitch Rapp from Vince Flynn books in order .
Here, we are summarizing some of his popular novels further in this article.
Publication Order of Mitch Rapp Books with Kyle Mills
Chronological order of mitch rapp books with kyle mills, publication order of standalone novels, vince flynn early life.
Vince Flynn was born in Saint Paul in Minnesota USA . He was among seven siblings. Flynn had completed his graduation in economics and after graduation, he started working as an accountant at Kraft Foods. While working there, he applied for a job as an aviator with United States Marine Corps but got rejected due to medical reasons.
Vince Flynn Journey as a Writer
After getting rejected for aviator place, he reapplied for evaluation of his medical reports. While waiting for those, he began reading lots of books based on a political thriller . This got him inspired and despite being diagnosed as dyslexic in childhood, he began writing and reading daily. Later on, he began working towards his novel while working as a bartender. He finished writing his first novel Term Limits that he self-published later.
After this book, he completed his famous novel series, Mitch Rapp. Other than this novel he wrote many other novels that are equally famous.
In 2011, he was diagnosed with advanced-stage prostate cancer and succumbed to death in 2013.
Vince Flynn Books Summary
This is the first book of the famous series Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn. This book initiates the thrilling journey of undercover cop Mitch Rapp.
The country is at threat after two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics over two decades. CIA needs to take quick action. With the rise of Islamic terrorism CIA, operational director Thomas Stansfield wants to stop the threat before it reaches the country. But he wants it to be unofficial. For this purpose, he seeks someone who is equally serious about eliminating the enemies. He passed the order to form a group of some officers who should work outside the normal chain of work.
On the other side, in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack, two-hundred and seventy people suffered in one of the cold December nights, and thousands of families and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp suffered with them too and is seeking revenge. She became the part of CIA’s undercover mission.
Mitch Rapp took six months of intense training for knocking down the enemies at their doorsteps. He started his mission from Istanbul and move across Europe. While on the spree of taking down his enemies, he was tracked down by the very same enemy. Mitch Rapp needs to take every bit of precautions to spare himself from being hunted.
Red War is the 17th novel of Mitch Rapp’s novel series written by Vince Flynn. The book is compiled by Kyle Mills after Vince’s demise. The novel takes us on another thrilling journey of Mitch Rapp of knocking down the enemies of America.
Russia’s most powerful and ruthless president Maxim Krupin that he has inoperable brain cancer. To prove that he still holds power, he ordered to fine, imprison, or kill anyone who challenges his power. As his illness worsens, he seeks more brutal ways to prove his power- war with the west.
CIA director Irene Kennedy senses that Krupin’s condition will make him the biggest threat against the country and the only way to stop him is to go to his den and knockdown him. Kennedy appoints Mitch Rapp for this task. To save millions of people’s life and bloodbath, Mitch Rapp has to take all precautionary majors to avoid getting caught. If he gets trapped, it will lead to the biggest fight between America and Russia.
Lethal Agent is another novel that is compiled by Kyle Mills after Vince’s demise. It is the 18th novel from the Mitch Rapp novel series. The novel shows us another roller coaster ride with Mitch Rapp.
Internal division in American politics made the selection of future president difficult. The politicians who are only focusing on maintaining their power are unaware of one of the dangerous terrorist groups ISIS planning a very lethal attack on America.
ISIS has abducted a French microbiologist and forced him to make a lethal bioweapon. They keep posting videos of its effects to threaten the nation further. For spreading this weapon across the border, they choose the Mexican drug cartel. They also keep doing things to keep Mitch Rapp and Kennedy distracted.
But Mitch Rapp is all set to knock down the Mexican drug cartel but he has many hurdles by the politicians who only care about their power.
Transfer of Power
This is the 3rd novel of Mitch Rapp series written by Vince Flynn. It continues to thrilling tales of knocking down the enemies and terrorism.
This time terrorists directly attack the white house intending to kidnap the president. But he was moved to a safer place in the bunker in time. The terrorists held hundreds of people as hostages.
Mitch Rapp the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative is called to take the chaos in control. He intended to hunt down anyone who comes in his way to rescue the president. His task becomes more difficult when he learns that the insider of the white house is involved in the entire fiasco.
Kill Shot is the 2nd novel from the famous novel series of Vince Flynn books in order. Kill shot sets Mitch Rapp as a super-agent of the CIA.
After getting training, Mitch was taking down the men mentioned in the list bullet by bullet. Mitch is slowly taken down with each swift and untraceable kill and targeted ones who are responsible for Pan Am Lockerbie attack. With each move, his enemies become more and more aware of his presence.
With his next assigned work, Mitch is one bullet away from his next target. But as the table turned nine bodies were found in the hotel among them the Libyan oil minister. Back in America, nobody wants to take the blame for this international crisis.
Enemy of the Gates
The latest addition to Mitch Rapp’s novel series is the Enemy of the Gates, a wonderful novel. The book is written by a great novelist, Kyle Mills after Vince’s demise.
Mitch Rapp, a CIA’s best counter-terrorism super-agent has worked with many presidents, but Anthony Cook is different. He is cunning, autocratic, and distrustful towards government-run agencies.
CIA’s director Kennedy gets the information about evidence of a mole scouring the Agency’s database for sensitive information on Nicholas Ward, the first trillionaire. Rapp has to protect him. But this time Rapp’s job is as difficult as he has to protect Ward and use him as bait to find the face of a traitor who is passing valuable government information.
Soon enough both Rapp and Kennedy come across a world where the lines between governments, multinational corporations, and the hyper-wealthy fade. Only powers matter and liberty, nationality, and loyalty are meaningless.
Conclusion – Vince Flynn
Vince Flynn’s books in order are a collection of some thrilling novels based on politics. Mitch Rapp series is one of the gripping novel series in the political thriller genre.
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Who is vince flynn.
Vincent Joseph Flynn was an American author of political thriller novels surrounding the story of the fictional assassin Mitch Rapp. He was a story consultant for the fifth season of the television series 24. He died on June 19, 2013, after three years of prostate cancer.
What is the birth & death date of Vince Flynn?
Vince Flynn was born on 6 April 1966 and died on 19 June 2013 .
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I read V Flynn book, TERM LIMITS…long ago… Can you remind me or give me a summary of that book and the characters in it. I always thought that it started the Rapp series, although Rapp wasn’t in it. Thanks. I’ m a hugh fan of the Rapp series..can never wait for the next book…..
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Vince Flynn Books In Order
Publication order of mitch rapp books, chronological order of mitch rapp books, publication order of standalone novels, publication order of anthologies, about vince flynn:.
Among the people who will go down in history as being phenomenal authors, Vince Flynn stands out. A sure way of leaving a great legacy behind is through creating captivating literary works. Writing is a way of capturing life and immortalizing it in words. Good authors know how to transform the mind of the reader into a theater where the story is acted out. They create stories that the reader can identify with or those that can take the reader into a world of intense imagination. Authors are best identified in their genre of expertise and for Vince Flynn, writing novels in the political thriller genre is what he does best.
Biography of Mr. Flynn
Born in 1966 in the town of St Paul in Minnesota, Mr. Flynn has grown to become a popular American author with a good number of best-selling books. Recently, his job title has also included being a story consultant for the hit TV series, 24. He now lives with his family; wife and three children, in the United States. Interestingly, the stars were not always lined up for him. While still in grade school, he was diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age.
The irony is that it was a struggle for him to write and read for most of his life yet he turned out to be such a great author. In his eagerness to overcome the limitations of dyslexia, Vince Flynn worked himself through a program of reading and writing as much as he could. In the process, the novels he read stirred up an interest in him that later on made him an author. He attended Saint Thomas Academy and left in 1985. Thereafter, he enrolled in the University of St Thomas where he graduated in 1988 with a degree in economics. This educational background enabled him to get a job in the accounts and marketing department at Kraft foods company.
He got to work there for another two years during which he developed an interest in aviation. In the year 1990, he quit his job to attend a recruitment program with the United States Marine Corps. Unfortunately, a short moment before he was to join the training school, he was slotted out of the program. This disqualification was made on medical grounds due to a convulsive disorder he had while growing up. In a bid to make ends meet, he got another job in a company dealing with real estate.
His love for books got him working on a book he had in mind for a long time. After working for two years, he quit his job and relocated to Colorado from the Twin Cities. He would write in the daytime and work as a bartender in the night. His first book, Term Limits was borne through a series of challenges. This happened after five years of hard work and tens of rejection letters from publishing houses. When he published his debut book it went viral and in a week’s time, got him signings with two different publishing houses.
Series of books by Vince Flynn
All his novels are available in both paperback and hardcover and have steadily gained popularity all across the social divide. Ranging from ordinary book lovers to heads of states and intelligence officers, Mr. Flynn’s audience is one that boasts of diversity. In 1998,Term Limits was published in a hardcover version. In 1999, The book in paperback version actually defended the top slot in the bestseller list of the New York Times.
Flynn produced more books in the subsequent years and they turned out to be bestsellers as well. Most of these books form one of his most popular collections known as the Mitch Rapp series other than Transfer of Power however that is set in the same Rapp universe. In this series, Vince Flynn brings to life a character who goes by the name Mitch Rapp. He plays the role of a CIA agent working under-cover on matters anti-terrorism.
The unique attributes of this character is in the way he uses out of the ordinary tactics to counter attacks by Muslim Terrorists. His attitude throughout the series is that of non-conformity to official protocol while carrying out his duties. The series begins chronologically with the book, American Assassin. This novel introduces Mitch Rapp as a an ordinary care-free college student who rises to become a top-notch CIA agent.
Thanks to tragedy in the form of the Pan Am terrorist attack that leaves Mitch’s simple community life distorted, he finds himself recruited into the CIA. He is then trained as a clandestine CIA officer to wage war against Muslim terrorism in the United States. The storyline unfolds with him carrying out a series of hair-raising assassinations across Europe. The second book chronologically in the series, Kill Shot, tells of the undertakings of Mitch Rapp in assassinating a high profile diplomat of Libyan origin.
The setting is that of Mitch strategically carrying out his mission when the diplomat is sleeping in a Paris hotel room without any suspicion. Immediately though, the door to the room opens and gunmen take on him. In the exchange of fire, he is left wounded and has to escape.
The following day, word spreads around about the assassination which also claimed lives of several civilians. The authorities in France are after the assassin and the dilemma now falls on the CIA. They hope that their secret agent would not be exposed at the same time denying their involvement in the incident.
Mitch Rapp works his way out of the mess in a thrilling series of events. Vince Flynn has made an impact with some of his books being ear-marked for turning into screenplays. He entered partnership with CBS films and got negotiations to have books from the Mitch Rapp series be made into films. Vince Flynn sadly passed away on June 19th, 2013 due to prostate cancer. Kyle Mills continued writing the Mitch Rapp series from The Survivor onwards.
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I just finished “Tern Limits” and loved it! Cant wait to start the next book in the series!!!
I was an avid reader of robert Ludlum . Having picked up a copy of American Assassin I was instantly hooked. Move over Jason Bourne there’s a new hero in town!
I can’t stop reading through the series. I’m only at Pursuit of Honor right now. I like to picture the cast as I read. If this series was filmed, who would you cast as Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash?
Glad you are enjoying it. It’s one of my favourite series. The book American Assassin was actually made into a movie 🙂 Mitch Rapp was played by Dylan O’Brien.
The movie American Assassin was horrendous. BTW I love all the Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp books. The Kyle Mills versions leave a lot to be desired, my opinion.
All the Vince Flynn books are great and it’s about time they were turned into a series like Amazon are doing with the Jack Reacher books. Just ordered the latest book which like all the others will read in one sitting.
Several of my senior ladies who are neighbors share and trade the Vince Flynn novel and like them all. I see I have a few more to read.
Excellent novels my favourite.
I picked up a Vince Flynn novel years ago and was immediately hooked on them, i have read them all (and some more than once ) and cant wait for the next issue, Kyle Mills is a solid writer and would never miss a book but there was just something about Vince Flynn that had that extra punch to it–i live in the Highlands of Scotland and cant wait for the next issue–KEEP WRITING–Thank You.
I have read all of your books except 3, Order to Kill, Total Power and Enemy At The Gates. AMAZING! The BEST one so far was Term Limits, pretty scary as when it was written and todays climate. I have two of the three coming from our local library. Condolences for Vince. Kyle is SUPEREB
I miss Vince but Kyle Mills does an excellent job. Never will forget you though Mr. Flynn.
I respectfully disagree that Kyle Mills does a good job to continue Flynn’s legacy.
I have always had a problem putting down Flynn’s books and must finish in one sitting. But never with Kyle Mills at the helm, reading about Rapp’s adventures is a drag.
Frankly, after reading Enemy at the Gates, I am not looking forward to his next book.
Love Vince Flynns books thay are hard to put down. What a task writing for someone else as Mr Mills does, that has to be like trying to brush someone else teeth
Term limits, the best of all, and all were great.
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Order of Vince Flynn Books
Vince Flynn was an American author, most famous for his series of books featuring Mitch Rapp , the counter-terrorism specialist working for the CIA. Vince Flynn’s first book was the self-published Term Limits , which he wrote while working as a bartender.
Term Limits is the only Vince Flynn written book to not feature Mitch Rapp, although it did contain many characters that would feature in his later novels.
Publication Order of Mitch Rapp Books
(with kyle mills), chronological order of mitch rapp books, publication order of standalone novels, publication order of anthologies.
Note: As of The Survivor , the Mitch Rapp series is written by Kyle Mills based on the work of Flynn.
All the Mitch Rapp books take place in the order that they were published EXCEPT for American Assassin and Kill Shot . Written in 2010, American Assassin takes place with Mitch Rapp joining the CIA, and details his first missions. Kill Shot was written in 2012 and takes place after American Assassin , but before any of the other Rapp books.
It’s recommended that you read the books in publication order because you get the full effect of American Assassin having already known Mitch Rapp, and it’s a lot better book due to that.
Notes: While Mitch Rapp does not appear in it, the Vince Flynn book Term Limits , published in 1997, features various characters that will appear in future Mitch Rapp books. If you like the Mitch Rapp books, you will like Term Limits for sure.
As of The Survivor , the Mitch Rapp series is written by Kyle Mills based on the work of Flynn.
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17 Responses to “Order of Vince Flynn Books”
Like all of you and the other countless other Vince Flynn fans, I was hooked on the Rapp series. When the movie American Assassin was filmed, I believe Muse Watson would have been the better choice for Stan Hurly over Michael Keaton. Michael certainly did justice to the part, but Muse Watson ( Mike Franks on NCIS) is the quintessential tough guy in my opinion. Kyle Mills is doing a fabulous job in maintaining the Mitch Rapp persona.
Brad Thor is a communist piece of pig dookey. His name should not even be on a website that claims to be American. I wish there was a way I could start a petition to boycott anything that Brad Thor has ever written.
One thing about your comment. It shows your thought pattern. But like everyone else , no matter, you are entitled to your opinion. What my thought pattern are, are of no interest to anyone. Brad Thor is in the business of writing books, which is then released to open market, after which, people are at the option to chose to purchase for their own enjoyment. Thank you for your carefully thought comments.
I do wish I had known him. I was introduced to his books this year and cant put them down… Sometimes I think he was a time traveler and just wrote about the things that are even happening like TODAY… His family was very blessed to have had him for the very short time he was on this earth. God Bless! Billy
A great writer and an amazing researcher. His novels crackled with tension and were filled with tremendous insight and knowledge. Sadly missed. Rest in peace good man.
My grandson read every book you wrote and loved the writing. He will surely miss you. His Nana
My condolences to the family. Mr. Flynn’s books provided me with many hours of enjoyable reading. He will be sorely missed not only by his family but his many readers.
I am saddened by Vince’s passing. First, because he was too young to leave us and more selfishly because with Vince, Mitch Rapp leaves us as well. My prayers and best wishes to his family. Vince will be remembered and missed, not just by his family but by all of his fans!
It’s sad to think we won’t have Mitch Rapp to enjoy anymore…regards to the Flynn family.
My deepest sympathies are with the friends and family of Vince Flynn. He was the most prescient, prolific and profound writer I’ve ever had the opportunity to read. I saw interviews with him and he was engaging and intelligent. His goodness (as attested to by his friends) showed in his demeanor and through his eyes. I’ve loved every single book he wrote and of course, fell in love with Mitch Rapp, book after book. Vince was just that kind of writer…after one book I was hooked. He was so young and so promising, that I’m positive that he was needed on the other side. Please, pray for his family with me. He will be sorely missed.
RIP Vince. I will miss you tremendously.
Has Vince written a book that deals with an administration like the one we have now?
It wouldn’t be believable.
He would have retired rather than work for Obama.
VINCE IS THE BEST. I JUST WISH THERE WERE MORE BOOKS. LOVE RAPP!!
You’ll only have to wait four more months for The Last Man: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/141659521X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=orderofbooks-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=141659521X
mitch rapp is the mannnn the hero and gets all the hot ladies
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