Featured Review: ‘Enemy at the Gates’ by Kyle Mills



Mitch Rapp, America’s favorite badass, returns in the latest high-octane thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.

For more than two decades, counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp has bled red, white, and blue while standing on the frontlines against the war on terror. Now, though, it’s a different world—a different country too, one that’s more divided than ever before—and suddenly, for the first time in his storied career, the CIA man is truly at a crossroads.

The story kicks off with Dr. David Chism, a world-renowned scientist, forced to abandon his lab in Uganda when it’s overrun by a local terrorist group. Chism, who’s leading the charge in an exciting research endeavor founded by the richest man in the world, is close to a breakthrough that could render all viruses—even the common cold—a thing of the past. But when his lab is set ablaze, Chism flees to the open jungle, where he and a few local contributors to his cause hope to stay alive long enough for someone to find them.

Enter Nicholas Ward, the world’s first trillionaire, who is personally overseeing the research being done in Uganda. Living with the belief that he should use his unthinkable wealth to somehow better the world, Ward is hellbent on leaving his mark on humanity. Using his powerful status to meet with recently sworn-in President Anthony Cook to see if American forces might run a search and recovery operation to rescue Chism and his team, Ward runs into longtime friend and Director of the CIA, Irene Kennedy, who has quietly been keeping tabs on the situation herself.

While Cook, who is just six months on the job, dismisses Ward’s plea for help, Kennedy brokers a backdoor deal that sends Mitch Rapp—who has been laying low, considering retirement ever since the events of Total Power—and Scott Coleman to Uganda to find Chism and ensure his safe return. A smart man with good instincts, Ward quickly sees why Kennedy was adamant that the best possible use of his money is to bet on Rapp as Mitch and Coleman get to work on the ground and also team up to provide security for Ward himself. However, as things often go for Rapp, it doesn’t take long for them to all realize that there’s more going on in the jungle than anyone originally thought . . . including buried secrets that might stretch all the way back to Washington D.C. and even the CIA itself.

Now 20 books in, Mitch Rapp—along with Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon and Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath—continues to wade into unchartered waters. Whereas other characters have seen similar longevity (Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, etc.), none have stayed at the top of their game as long as Rapp, who continues to dominate the genre. Kyle Mills, who has been lights-out since taking over the franchise for the late Vince Flynn in 2015, is the reason for that success, and his willingness to take bold chances by developing new story concepts and out-of-the-box conflicts for Rapp to take on has kept the series fresh and exciting. That’s especially true with this one, as Rapp is tested in a number of ways that we’ve never seen before. Loyalty and honor used to mean something. Now everything’s on the table, and without giving anything away, Mills lands what might be the most shocking twist—coupled with a truly jaw-dropping ending—that this series has ever seen.

After a long career chasing bad guys around the world, Mitch Rapp learns that sometimes, the biggest threat is the one waiting right outside your own front door. Packed with enough suspense to match all the hard-hitting action, Enemy at the Gates ups the ante moving forward, and if you think you’ve already seen Kyle Mills at his best . . . think again. This one is not to be missed.

Book Details

Author: Kyle Mills
Series: Mitch Rapp #20
Pages: 384 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1982164883
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: September 14, 2021
Real Book Spy Rating: 9.75/10




Praised as “One of the hardest working, most thoughtful, and fairest reviewers out there” by #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Ryan Steck 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. Additionally, he co-hosts ThrillerTalk, a new podcast with K.J. Howe. 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.


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