Featured Review: ‘Enemy of the State’ by Kyle Mills


When President Josh Alexander finds himself unable to pursue an intelligence lead that points to a member of the Saudi royal family funneling big money to ISIS, he turns to the one person who can be trusted to follow the lead wherever it goes–CIA counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp.

The Islamic State is planning to hit America, and they’re using Saudi funds to do it. Specifically, Aali Nassar, head of the General Intelligence Directorate, attempts to form a secret partnership with ISIS, unbeknownst to the frail King Faisal. 

Nassar has his eye on the prize and hopes to fill the inevitable vacuum that’ll form once Faisal passes away. In the meantime, he uses his influence over the king to manipulate and keep Faisal in the dark in regards to his plan–which starts to unravel when CIA Director Irene Kennedy follows the trail of money back to him. 

After a meeting in the Oval Office with the Saudi ambassador that’s meant to clear the air, it appears that everyone’s cards are on the table. But Alexander has a lethal ace up his sleeve–which he decides to throw down after finally reaching his breaking point. 

Furious at the thought of America’s ally aiding the Islamic State, especially after a secret agreement the two countries made after 9/11, President Alexander comes up with a daring plan to have the problem dealt with. 

Mitch Rapp, the legendary operative who has served on the front lines of the war on terror for more than two decades, is called to a meeting with the president in the middle of the night. In a scene that is reminiscent of the first time the two met (back in 2007’s Protect and Defend) when Alexander tells Rapp his plan to handle terrorist organizations is to “blitz hard and blitz often,” Mitch is finally read in on the entire Saudi situation. 

Citing health reasons, Rapp abruptly retires from the CIA the next day, severing contact with everyone from the world’s premier spy agency–including Kennedy and longtime friend Mike Nash, as well as the men he’s bled with and fought beside throughout his career.

To go after the Saudi, though, Rapp needs a team, and with Scott Coleman and his men out of the question because of their involvement with the CIA, Rapp assembles his own group of mercenaries–made up entirely of characters that longtime fans of the series will recognize. But things don’t quite go according to plan, and soon Rapp becomes wanted internationally after a situation involving one of King Faisal’s nephews makes headlines around the world. 

Over the course of fifteen previous novels, readers have followed Mitch Rapp on countless missions all across the globe. This time, though, Kyle Mills takes readers on a new kind of ride as Rapp plunges head-first into his most dangerous mission yet.

Mills continues to develop Rapp nicely, without changing any of the qualities that have made him a household name. Longtime fans will get a kick out of Rapp’s new neighbors and his current living situation, and appreciate all the characters Mills brings back–including someone Mitch locked horns with in the past who returns to help locate and bring Rapp in after the president disavows any and all knowledge of his actions. 

Following The Survivor and Order to Kill, Kyle Mills continues to slowly interject more of his own style and voice into the story, which pays off in a big way. Vince Flynn created one of the greatest fictional heroes in the history of the genre, but Mills takes Rapp to another level entirely, capturing in this book the same elements that made both Transfer of Power and Consent to Kill–arguably Flynn’s best novels–so popular with readers.  

A smart plot with multiple surprises and well-timed twists make Enemy of the State a compelling thriller, but the real treat is seeing Mitch Rapp go completely dark for the first time in his storied career while the rest of the world tries to track him down. You might think you’ve seen Mitch Rapp unleashed before, but you ain’t seen nothing yet… 

This September, Mitch Rapp goes rogue in Kyle Mills’ Enemy of the State, an electrifying thriller that longtime fans of Vince Flynn’s series will especially appreciate. If you’re a fan of thrillers, you absolutely must read this book! 

Book Details

Author: Kyle Mills
Series: Mitch Rapp #16
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1476783519
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Book Spy Rating: 9.0/10
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