Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy. I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings. Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them. In this week’s Waiting on Wednesday article, I check out an awesome and fun upcoming thriller, Enemy at the Gates by Kyle Mills, which continues the Mitch Rapp series originally written by Vince Flynn.
The Mitch Rapp series is an intense and compelling collection of spy thriller novels that follow titular American agent Mitch Rapp as he faces off against a raft of America’s enemies. Originally created and written by Vince Flynn, the Mitch Rapp series started in 1997 with Term Limits. Flynn ended up writing 14 Mitch Rapp novels throughout his career, including two prequel novels, American Assassin and Kill Shot (the first of which was adapted into a film of the same name). Following Flynn’s death in 2013, the series was continued by fellow thriller writer Kyle Mills, who has written six Mitch Rapp novels and has a seventh, Enemy at the Gates, on the way.
Like several other thriller series I enjoy, I came to the Mitch Rapp novels a little late in the game, having started with the 2018 release, Red War. Red War was a thrilling and fun novel that followed Rapp as he tried to stop a mad Russian President from starting World War III as a cover for his cancer diagnosis. Thanks to its awesome and exciting plot, I had a great time reading Red War and I have since gone on to read the latest two entries in the series, Lethal Agent and Total Power. All three of these Mitch Rapp novels have been really good, containing some excellent and compelling narratives, and I am now committed to checking out every new Mitch Rapp novel as soon as they are released.
As a result, I am quite excited about the upcoming book, Enemy at the Gates. Enemy at the Gates, which is currently set for release on 14 September 2021, will be the 20th novel in the Mitch Rapp series and contains an intriguing and interesting narrative about political corruption and abuse of power in Washington.
Picking up where the “tour de force” (The Providence Journal) Total Power left off, the next thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series follows the CIA’s top operative as he searches for a high-level mole with the power to rewrite the world order.
Mitch Rapp has worked for a number of presidents over his career, but Anthony Cook is unlike any he’s encountered before. Cunning and autocratic, he feels no loyalty to America’s institutions and is distrustful of the influence Rapp and CIA director Irene Kennedy have in Washington.
Meanwhile, when Kennedy discovers evidence of a mole scouring the Agency’s database for sensitive information on Nicholas Ward, the world’s first trillionaire, she convinces Rapp to take a job protecting him. In doing so, he finds himself walking an impossible tightrope: Keep the man alive, but also use him as bait to uncover a traitor who has seemingly unlimited access to government secrets.
As the attacks on Ward become increasingly dire, Rapp and Kennedy are dragged into a world where the lines between governments, multinational corporations, and the hyper-wealthy fade. An environment in which liberty, nationality, and loyalty are meaningless. Only the pursuit of power remains.
As “one of the best thriller writers on the planet” (The Real Book Spy), Kyle Mills has created another nail-biter that not only echoes the America of today, but also offers a glimpse into its possible future.
I really enjoy the sound of the above synopsis, and it looks like Enemy at the Gates is going to be another excellent and exciting read. The entire plot around an unconventional US President and a powerful rich man has a lot of story potential, and there are some intriguing parallels with certain real life rivalries and power abuses. I look forward to seeing the author’s take on a pure political thriller, and I am sure it will result in a powerful story.
Based on Mills’s previous novels, I know that I am going to be in for a great time when I grab my copy of Enemy at the Gates. This latest Mitch Rapp novel has an amazing amount of potential in its cool story premise, and I am very confident I will power through it really quickly. This is going to be a very exciting and fast-paced read, and I cannot wait to check out all the violence, bloodshed and dangerous politics.