Get ready, because on September 24th, Mitch Rapp is back in Lethal Agent, the latest action-packed thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.
The 18th book in the series originally created by Vince Flynn (who passed away in 2013), Agent is Mills’ fifth contribution to the franchise, having already released The Survivor (2015), Order to Kill (2016), Enemy of the State (2017) and Red War (2018). This time around, after mixing it up with Russia in last year’s novel, Rapp is set to take on the first bioterrorism threat of his career when ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon into the United States of America.
“There’s a biological threat in the next one, plus a very divisive presidential campaign, and that plays a big role,” Mills told me last month. “The guy running for president is a really awful guy who is bad for Irene Kennedy (as the CIA director) and bad for America. That’s all playing out in the background while the guy is manipulated by another country, and ISIS uses his campaign to try and drive Americans apart. To me, that’s what is happening right now so I couldn’t get around it.
“There’s no question that what’s going on politically in the United States, and even culturally, is on everybody’s mind. It’s almost like the elephant in the room. You either, as a writer, have to make a conscious choice to ignore it, or to address it. I tried to ignore it, but it didn’t work. Finally, I realized I had to embrace the elephant, or it’s going to be a really scattered book.”
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). Steck also works full-time as a freelance editor and pens a monthly thriller column for CrimeReads. For more information, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Facebook. He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.