Mitch Rapp Is Back; Kyle Mills’ Next Novel Due Out This Fall (With Details)

This fall, Mitch Rapp is back in an all-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills. 

Following last year’s critically acclaimed 16th book in the Mitch Rapp series, Enemy of the State, Mills’ latest thriller puts America on a collision course with Russia. . . and CIA operative Mitch Rapp is the only one who can stop an all-out war.  

See the explosive plot details below: 


KyleMills-043-HighResThe #1 New York Times bestselling series returns with Mitch Rapp racing 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 the world of black-ops thrillers, Mitch Rapp continues to be among the best of the best” (Booklist, starred review).

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While the book still doesn’t have an official title or cover art, it is currently scheduled for publication (from Atria/Emily Bestler Books) on October 2, 2018 (though that date could change). 

For those new to the series, this is the 17th book in the #1 bestselling franchise from Vince Flynn. Mitch Rapp was originally introduced in Transfer of Power (1999) as a thirty-one-year-old, battle-tested CIA counter-terrorism operator who brings the pain to anyone threatening the safety of the United States of America. Ten books and eleven years later, Flynn went back and wrote two prequel novels, detailing Rapp’s origin story.

The first prequel, American Assassin (2010), chronicles Rapp’s recruitment into the CIA, his training, and his relationships with other series regulars — Irene Kennedy (his handler) and Stan Hurley (his mentor) — before taking readers along for his first mission. That book was adapted for film, and the movie American Assassin, starring Dylan O’Brien (Maze Runner: The Death Cure) as a young Mitch Rapp, hit theaters last September. 

Flynn, after penning fourteen bestselling novels (13 Rapp books and Term Limits, a standalone set in the same universe), passed away on June 19, 2013, after battling prostate cancer. A year later, in 2014, it was announced that Kyle Mills would continue Flynn’s series, and in 2015 he did just that when The Survivor rocketed into bookstores and topped the bestsellers charts, earning triple crown status as a #1 seller in all three fiction categories on the coveted New York Times bestsellers list.

Since then, Mills has won over Flynn’s fanbase with his acute attention to detail and accurate portrayal of Rapp and other important characters. Both Order to Kill (2016) and Enemy of the State debuted high on the Times list and were well-received by critics and fans alike. 

Speaking exclusively to The Real Book Spy, Mills said he’s “only a few weeks away from finishing the manuscript,” and that he’s “really excited about how it turned out.” 

Readers who are excited to get their hands on Mills’ latest can pre-order Mitch Rapp #17 here, or wherever else books are sold. 

Check back soon. . . we’ll be covering this one from top to bottom, every step of the way until Mitch Rapp is plastered all over bookstores this October. In the meantime, for more updates, make sure you’re following Kyle Mills on Twitter, Facebook, and that you’re signed up for his official newsletter


Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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