Summer is finally just around the corner, and if you’ve been looking for an engaging thriller series to spend your long, hot days with, the Mitch Rapp series may just be your perfect match. The books follow Mitch Rapp, a CIA covert officer and expert assassin who regularly goes up against America’s greatest foes. The first 13 books in the series were written by Vince Flynn, who catapulted the series to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. After Flynn died of cancer in 2013, the series was continued by fellow thriller writer Kyle Mills.
The Mitch Rapp books have everything you could want in a political thriller series. There’s plenty of action, suspense, and high-level political intrigue that makes each book in the series an engaging page-turner. As of summer 2022, there are 20 books in the series, with another set to release in September, so you have plenty of adventures to dive into.
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After his girlfriend is killed in a terrorist attack, college student Mitch Rapp wants revenge. An opportunity for just that arrives when CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield creates a new, covert, group of agents alongside his protégée Irene Kennedy and his old colleague Stan Hurley. These agents’ activities are meant to get the job done, free of the influence of any political squabbles or needless bureaucracy.
Rapp’s first assignment with the CIA takes him to Istanbul, where he quickly takes out the arms dealer whose explosives were used in the terrorist attack. As he and his team travel around Europe, leaving bodies in their wake, a dangerous enemy learns of his existence. Everything comes to a head in Beirut, where Rapp will have to rely on all his skills if he ever hopes to make it out of the city alive.
When an assignment in Paris goes wrong, Mitch Rapp finds himself on his own. He’s injured and his organization now thinks of him as a risk. But just because he was dealt an unlucky hand doesn’t mean Rapp is any less formidable. Now, he’s willing to do anything to fight for his survival.
Transfer of Power
An ordinary morning in Washington D.C. comes to a grinding halt when terrorists attack. In an attempt to enter the White House, they kill dozens and take almost 100 hostages. The president has already been evacuated, but the clock is ticking. While negotiations are planned, Mitch Rapp secretly travels through underground passageways to rescue the hostages.
Rapp knows this is a dangerous mission, but he doesn’t expect to discover a Washington insider standing in his way.
The Third Option
The Third Option sees Mitch Rapp on a mission to take out a German industrialist who is aiding a terrorist sponsor. It’s a typical mission for Rapp, the third option when diplomacy fails and military intervention would be too much...until he realizes that he’s been set up to fail. Back in Washington, the CIA director is dying, and Rapp has become an unknowing pawn in a power struggle. Now, Rapp will not rest until he figures out who set him up and makes sure they pay.
Separation of Power
America is teetering on the brink of chaos. As Dr. Irene Kennedy is set to be confirmed as the new CIA director, an inside plot to kill her and the president is revealed. At the same time, the Israeli government issues an ultimatum to force the president to take action against an emerging nuclear power. The president knows there is only one man who can prevent a possible World War III: Mitch Rapp.
But Rapp only has two weeks to disarm the nukes and complete his mission, and he knows that if he fails, it will have catastrophic consequences.
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Mitch Rapp has never enjoyed the spotlight. But when his successful completion of a covert mission wins him the president’s public praise, suddenly everyone knows his name - including the world’s most dangerous terrorists. But Rapp is a CIA advisor now, and he’ll be safe taking on terror from his desk. Then, a possible leak from within the State Department leads to an ambush in the Philippines.
It seems like it all might be connected to a powerful group in the Middle East. With the world once again teetering on the brink of war and an assassin as deadly as Rapp himself on the loose, he’ll have to find a way to restore order. And this time, all eyes are on him.
On the eve of a major Memorial Day celebration, the CIA gets word of a potential terrorist attack. With the clock ticking, Mitch Rapp leads a raid on Al-Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan. It seems like the threat has been neutralized, but if there’s anything Rapp has learned, it’s that nothing is ever as easy as it seems...
Consent to Kill
Mitch Rapp has killed many terrorists in his time with the CIA, but this time, someone wants revenge. It turns out that one of his recent targets had a very powerful father, and it seems that a few key figures among America’s allies if it means taking out an operative who has become too effective to control. With an international conspiracy growing against him, Rapp will have to figure out how to stay alive...in order to take down those working against him.
Act of Treason
Just a few weeks before the Presidential election, candidate Josh Alexander is gravely injured when a car bomb planted in his motorcade explodes. He survives and goes on to win the election. In search of the would-be assailants, CIA Director Irene Kennedy learns of a possible connection to Washington insiders. Now, Mitch Rapp is on the case to find the truth, though no one is expecting Alexander’s assailants to be so close to home.
Protect and Defend
After Israeli forces sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, a whole new threat is created. Potential nuclear fallout could mean an environmental catastrophe, and the Iranian president is ready to go on the warpath. In the chaos, Mitch Rapp sees an opportunity to push the people of Iran to oust their leader. But when a meeting between Irene Kennedy and an Iranian official goes wrong, Rapp will have to face off against his most formidable foes yet to prevent a world-ending conflict.
When a terrorist cell commanded by an ambitious new leader escapes the CIA’s forces, Mitch Rapp and his longtime colleague Mike Nash are called in. Rapp knows that this will be a tough mission, but he’s confident with Nash by his side. He’s equally as skilled as an operative, and understands the sacrifices Rapp has had to make in order to keep America—and the world—safe. Certain politicians have always wanted to reign Rapp and Nash in, but this time, they might actually succeed.
Pursuit of Honor
A week ago, Washington D.C. was rocked by a series of deadly explosions. Luckily, counterterrorism operatives like Mitch Rapp stepped in to prevent an even greater loss of American life. Three of the terrorists are still on the loose, and Rapp is on the case to track them down. But with politicians doubting his every move and his friend Mike Nash buckling under the pressure, his current assignment is proving to be his hardest one yet.
The Last Man
When the CIA’s top operative in Afghanistan Joe Rickman suddenly disappears, most assume he’s been kidnapped. But Mitch Rapp has a sneaking suspicion there’s more going on. Rapp is sent to Afghanistan to track down his old friend. There, he’ll have to contend with forces from the Taliban, Iran, Pakistan, and Russia as well as an FBI agent with his own agenda, But in a nation so devastated by war, nothing is ever as it seems.
In Kyle Mills’ first Mitch Rapp book, Rapp is sent to take out Joe Rickman after he steals several classified CIA documents. But it seems that Rickman’s operation was designed to go on without him, as intelligence starts popping up across the globe. Now, it’s a race to find out who Rickman’s allies are and where his cache of information is hiding before America becomes a pawn in a dead man’s game.
Order to Kill
As he hits dead end after dead end trying to keep nuclear weapons out of terrorist hands, Mitch Rapp is frustrated. Working with fellow CIA operative Scott Coleman, he also has to contend with Russian agents who are equally interested in the nukes. When he learns of a Russian plan to stir up more trouble in the Middle East, Rapp goes undercover as an American ISIS recruit. He quickly discovers that Moscow’s plan is much larger—and much more dangerous—than he ever expected.
Enemy of the State
For years, the US has been engaged in a tense truce with Saudi Arabia in order to keep America’s oil supply high. But when intelligence operatives learn that King Faisal’s son is funding ISIS, the president sends Mitch Rapp to uncover the details of the conspiracy and kill the Saudi officials involved. But in order to protect the deal, Rapp can have no official support from the US.
Facing the most dangerous mission of his life, Rapp quits the CIA and creates his own group of operatives. But when his secret mission is unveiled, Rapp threatens to expose the government’s deal with the Saudis. Suddenly, Rapp is America’s top enemy, and he’ll have to use all his skills to evade his own countrymen while also bringing the Saudis to justice.
As brain cancer ravages Russian president Maxim Krupin, he decides war with the West is the only way for him to secure his power. Krupin has nothing to lose, and CIA director Irene Kennedy knows that this means untold millions will die. The only way to prevent war is to take out Krupin for good, and Kennedy knows the only man brave enough to do it is Mitch Rapp.
In the middle of a brutally partisan American election season, a French scientist is kidnapped by ISIS and is forced to make large batches of anthrax. Videos released on the internet by the terrorists track his progress and promise an attack on America soon, and the public is gripped by fear. When the CIA gets word of a Mexican drug cartel that ISIS has recruited to smuggle anthrax in, Mitch Rapp heads to the border to prevent a biological disaster. But what he doesn’t know is that all of this hysteria is just a cover-up for a much deadlier plan, one that has grave implications for the entire world.
After a captured ISIS tech expert reveals the terrorist organization’s plan to partner with a hacker to knock out the US power grid, it’s a race against time to track the cyber-terrorist down. A race that Mitch Rapp and the CIA lose when America is plunged into darkness. It could take years for the power to be restored, and the only people who know how to undo the damage are the very operatives who knocked it out in the first place. Rapp and his team set out to track the terrorists down, but in a technology-driven world, working without computers, communication, and fuel will prove his toughest challenge yet.
Enemy at the Gates
When Irene Kennedy uncovers evidence of someone searching through the CIA’s database for information on trillionaire Nicholas Ward, she sends Mitch Rapp to protect him. More importantly, he needs to figure out who is using government secrets to go after him. As the situation gets more dangerous for Ward, the lines between government power and corporate influence begin to blur, and it begins to seem like the attacks may be coming from the highest office in the land.
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