Vince Flynn: Red War
by Kyle Mills
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Book list *Starred Review* Mills took over the popular Mitch Rapp series after Vince Flynn passed away in 2013, and he has done an outstanding job of carrying the torch. His latest creates a terrifying scenario involving the Russian president, Maxim Krupin, who has an inoperable brain tumor. With nothing left to lose, the afflicted leader decides to eliminate his enemies, both within and without. He begins with rivals in the Kremlin but moves on to plotting an attack against every country that he feels has mistreated him and his regime. The CIA director turns to Rapp to stop the threat, but Rapp's very presence in Russia is enough to start a conflict. There is little room to negotiate with a man who knows he is about to die, but killing the Russian leader in Russia may be its own death sentence for Rapp. In the world of black-ops thrillers, Mitch Rapp remains the gold standard. Mills has embraced the high-concept-thriller style and continues to exceed expectations. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A guaranteed best-seller, and deservedly so, at least for devotees of adventure-driven political thrillers.--Jeff Ayers Copyright 2018 Booklist

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