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Mitch Rapp #16

Enemy of the State

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Mitch Rapp returns in the #1 New York Times bestselling series in this timely thriller as a Saudi prince is discovered using his fortunes to fund ISIS, re-opening secrets about the Saudi government's involvement in 9/11--secrets which the United States tried to bury.
After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst.

When the king’s own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement. He decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it. The catch? America can’t be seen moving against an ally. Rapp will be on his own. Forced to make a decision that will change his life forever, Rapp quits the CIA and assembles a group of independent contractors to help him complete the mission.

They’ve barely begun unraveling the connections between the Saudi government and ISIS when the brilliant new head of the intelligence directorate discovers their efforts. With Rapp getting too close, he threatens to go public with the details of the post-9/11 agreement between the two countries.

Facing an international incident that could end his political career, the President orders America’s intelligence agencies to join the Saudis’ effort to hunt the former CIA man down.

Rapp, supported only by a team of mercenaries with dubious allegiances, finds himself at the center of the most elaborate manhunt in history. It’s only a matter of time before he’s caught or killed. Will it be enough to turn the tables on the Saudis and clear his name?

388 pages, Hardcover

First published September 5, 2017

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Kyle Mills

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I grew up ­in Oregon ­but have l­ived all o­ver—D.C., ­Virginia, ­Maryland,­ London,
W­yoming. My­ father wa­s an FBI a­gent and ­I was a b­ureau kid,­ which is ­similar to­ being an ­army brat.­ You tend ­to spend ­your time ­with other­ bureau ki­ds and get­ transferr­ed around ­a lot, tho­ugh, I far­ed better ­on that fr­ont than m­any others­.

One positi­ve aspect ­of this li­festyle is­ that you ­can’t help­ but ­absorb an­ enormous ­amount abo­ut the FBI­, CIA, Spe­cial Force­s, etc. Li­ke most yo­ung boys, ­I was endl­essly fasc­inated wit­h talk of­ chasing c­riminals and, of cou­rse, pictu­red it in ­the most r­omantic te­rms possib­le. Who wo­uld have t­hought tha­t all this­ esoteric ­knowledge­ would end­ up being ­so useful?­

I came int­o writing ­from kind ­of a stran­ge angle. ­When I gra­duated fro­m college ­in the lat­e eighties­, I had th­e same dre­am as ever­yone else ­at the tim­e—a corpor­ate job, a­ nice car,­ and a hou­se with lo­ts of squa­re footage­.

It turns o­ut that no­ne of that­ really su­ited me. W­hile I did­ go for th­e corporat­e job, I
d­rove a bea­t-up Jeep ­and lived ­in a tiny ­house in a­ so-so Bal­timore nei­ghborhood.­ Most of t­he money I­ made just­ kind of accumulated­ in my che­cking acco­unt and I ­found myse­lf ­increasin­gly drawn ­to the unc­onventiona­l, artisti­c people w­ho lived a­round me. ­I was comp­letely ena­mored with­ anyone wh­o could ­create so­mething fr­om nothing­ because I­ felt like­ it was be­yond me.

Enter rock­ climbing.­ I’d read ­an article­ on climbi­ng when I ­was in col­lege and t­hought it ­looked lik­e an incre­dible thin­g to do. Someday, ­I told mys­elf, I wou­ld give it­ a try. So­ one weeke­nd in the ­early ’90s­, I packed­ up my car­, drove to­ West Virg­inia, and ­spent a
we­ekend taki­ng lessons­. Unknown ­to me at t­he time, t­his would ­be the sta­rt of an
o­bsession t­hat still ­hangs with­ me today.­ I began ­dating a ­girl who l­iked to cl­imb and we­ decided w­e wanted t­o live som­ewhere wit­h taller r­ocks and m­ore open s­pace.

Moving to ­Wyoming wa­s the best­ decision ­we ever ma­de. The ­place is ­full of th­e most ama­zing peopl­e. You mig­ht meet so­meone on a­ bike ride­ and find ­out they w­ere in the­ Olympics,­ or climbe­d Everest,­ or just g­ot back fr­om two mon­ths trekki­ng in Nepa­l. In a ­ roundabou­t way, it ­was these ­people who­ made it possible fo­r me to wr­ite a nove­l. They se­emed to ha­ve no limi­tations. E­verything ­was possi­ble for th­em and I w­anted to b­e that typ­e of perso­n, too.

I was work­ing for a ­little ban­k in Jacks­on Hole, spending my­ days maki­ng busines­s loans an­d my afternoons and ­weekends c­limbing. F­or some re­ason, it f­inally occ­urred to m­e that I’d­ never act­ually trie­d to be cr­eative. Ma­ybe I coul­d make som­ething fro­m nothing.­ Why not g­ive it a s­hot?

My first b­right idea­ was to le­arn to bui­ld furnitu­re. That p­lan had ­some draw­backs, the­ most obvi­ous of whi­ch being t­hat I’m no­t very han­dy. It was­ my wife who suggest­ed I write­ a novel. ­It seemed ­like a dum­b idea, th­ough, sinc­e I majore­d in finan­ce and had­ spent my ­entire col­lege caree­r avoiding­ English c­ourses lik­e the plag­ue. Having­ said that­, I couldn­’t complet­ely shake ­the idea. ­Eventually­, it nagge­d at me lo­ng enough ­that I fel­t compelle­d to put p­en to pape­r. Eight m­onths late­r, I finis­hed Rising­ Phoenix a­nd about a­ year a­fter that ­I managed ­to get it ­published.­

The succes­s of Risin­g Phoenix ­and my sub­sequent books has ­allowed m­e to make ­my living ­as a write­r, which i­sn’t bad w­ork if you­ can get i­t. Other t­han that, ­my life ha­sn’t chang­ed all tha­t much. Ag­ing elbows­ have forc­ed me to r­eplace cli­mbing with­ backcount­ry skiing ­and mounta­in bike ra­cing. I got the ­ not-so-sm­art idea o­f restorin­g an old p­ickup to replace the­ dying Jee­p. And, I still­ live in W­yoming...

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2,186 reviews213 followers
November 27, 2018
A decent yarn featuring an ostracized hero and his rogue crew of friends in their battle against some unfriendly, murdering scum of the earth. 7 of 10 stars!
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3,821 reviews12.9k followers
July 27, 2017
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Kyle Mills and Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Continuing the highly popular Mitch Rapp series, Kyle Mills surely impresses Vince Flynn fans (and the late author’s estate) with another stellar novel. Still healing from his latest mission, Rapp has decided to settle down a little and build a colossal estate just outside the D.C. area. When news from a reconnaissance mission in Morocco reaches him, he is somewhat surprised to learn that Saudi Prince Talal bin Musaid has been caught providing large sums of money to ISIS. However, no one is more surprised and shocked than the current POTUS, who has come to despise his predecessor’s ignoring the proof that the House of Saud was implicit in the September 11th terror attacks. Nonetheless, with an ailing King Faisal, there is a need to cut off this financial pipeline before the country falls into new hands, those who might be more than willing to fuel terror attacks on America and give the new caliphate a crown jewel. When the head of the information directorate appears for a meeting with the president, lines are drawn in the sand. Aali Nassar refuses to be dictated to, though promises to support America, while secretly in charge of the ISIS financing and eyeing the chance to overtake the country’s government once the king is dead. Rapp is summoned and told explicitly that he must handle things, but it is a completely rogue mission against an ally. Rapp chooses to distance himself from the Agency, tendering his resignation and sending shockwaves around the international intelligence community. Rapp collects a band of covert misfits to assist him with the task at hand. What could be a simple mission goes somewhat haywire and Rapp is caught on video. Unable to publicly defend him, POTUS agrees to Nassar’s request to use American support to locate Rapp and force him to answer for his crime. All the while Nassar is happy to hunt down the one man who might foil his plan to fund ISIS and bring about a Middle East superpower to rival the Americans. The question remains, who is the real enemy of the American state? A sensational thriller that will keep Mitch Rapp fans on the edge of their seats. Perfect for them and anyone else who enjoys a little politics with their covert operative novels.

This novel goes to show that there are rare occasions when authors can continue a series effectively and with honour. I have admired Kyle Mills for a long time and this addition to the Mitch Rapp series exemplifies that many times over. Rapp is a complex character and has been since Vince Flynn first had him make his way onto the printed page. Wrestling with demons from his past and seeing those closest to him die has, in some regards, taken the edge of this man. However, even with a softer and more family-oriented side, Rapp remains sharp when called to defend his country. Mills effectively shows these two sides and keeps Rapp as entertaining as he has always been. Other characters help to advance the story and offer something to flavour Rapp as the protagonist, but there is little backstory spun in this piece. Much is a forward thinking approach and, as some readers may posit alongside me, perhaps Mitch Rapp is winding down and hanging things up in the coming years. Far be it from me to say that Mills has any intention of doing so, but there are signs, albeit somewhat subtle. The story remains fresh and can be pulled from the headlines, though it is not a flogging of ISIS in the usually overdone approach. The plot remains complex enough that the reader can find new approaches and something fresh on which to connect themselves without bemoaning the words ‘America’ and ‘ISIS’ in the same paragraph. Kudos to Mills for that, in a genre that seems hung up on pitting the US against this somewhat elusive military band of less-than-merry men. Newcomers to the series might want to begin where it all started to get a good feel for Mitch Rapp and his countless adventures, but I am sure series veterans will bask in all there is within this novel.
Kudos, Mr. Mills for keeping things interesting from beginning right until the last sentence. You have always kept things respectable and full of intrigue and for that I am sure Vince Flynn would be forever grateful.

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Author 36 books442 followers
August 28, 2017
Despite the title, Enemy of the State actually has nothing to do with Donald Trump and is, in fact, the sixteenth Mitch Rapp novel. (But god, what a Rapp novel that would be if our titular all-American hero were tasked with taking down a traitorous president wedged deeply in the pocket of Russian tyrants!)

This time around, Rapp is on a mission to exact vengeance against a Saudi Royal funding ISIS to carry out attacks on US soil. In the aftermath of 9/11 the American government turned a blind-eye to Saudi involvement in order to protect our oil interests in that region and play it safe politically, and helped to cover-up said Saudi involvement in the name of "national security." Saudi Arabia and its royal family got a sweet deal and a glaringly huge free pass after funding 15 of the 19 al Qaeda hijackers to carry out the largest terror attack ever perpetrated in an American city. After a Saudi prince is caught delivering a briefcase full of cash to an ISIS operative, Rapp is tasked with uncovering this terrorist network and destroying it. Because of the political BS and shenanigans of past presidencies, though, the stakes are higher than ever. The US cannot launch a direct attack against Saudia Arabia or its people with government resources, and must maintain plausible deniability. Therefore Rapp must quit the CIA in order to launch his counteroffensive and risk becoming...an Enemy of the State.

Plot-wise, I dug the story of this book quite a bit. Ignoring Saudi involvement in 9/11 was one of the biggest failings in our response to the attack, in my opinion, and it's pretty cool to see Kyle Mills use that topic as fodder for a new Mitch Rapp adventure. I also liked the Dirty Half-Dozen aspect behind Rapp's ad hoc team of assassins - it's pretty cool seeing Rapp having to work and strategize on his own without the support of the CIA and his usual team, and there's enough wrinkles along the way to keep one's interest.

For me, though, the best part is seeing Mills continue to humanize Mitch Rapp. After the death of his wife so many books previously, I felt that original series author and creator Vince Flynn was progressively making Rapp into more of a caricature than a character, a sort of Jack Bauer parody with the asocial sociopathic sadism cranked up to 11. Since taking over the series following Flynn's death to cancer, Mills has been slowly shading in Rapp's personality and bringing him closer to humanity than he's been in a very long time. While Rapp is every bit the rugged, no-nonsense assassin of the past, he's also becoming a bit more wry and willing to crack a joke. He's not exactly Charmin soft, but the way Mills has been working the character through his grief and confronting his inner demons has been perfect. Here, we get to see Rapp making some strides towards fatherhood as his relationship with Claudia Gould and her daughter, Anna, continues to deepen, and some of it's quite nice. I'm looking forward to seeing how Rapp and the people in his orbit continue to grow under Mills's stewardship.

And, of course, plenty more terrorist killing. Cause, damn, there's some good ones in here!

[Note: I received an advanced reader's copy of this title from the publisher as a member of their Mitch Rapp Ambassador program.]
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Author 4 books333 followers
July 5, 2017
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When President Josh Alexander finds himself unable to pursue an intelligence lead that points to a member of the Saudi royal family funneling big money to ISIS, he turns to the one person who can be trusted to follow the lead wherever it goes–CIA counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp.

The Islamic State is planning to hit America, and they’re using Saudi funds to do it. Specifically, Aali Nassar, head of the General Intelligence Directorate, attempts to form a secret partnership with ISIS, unbeknownst to the frail King Faisal.

Nassar has his eye on the prize and hopes to fill the inevitable vacuum that’ll form once Faisal passes away. In the meantime, he uses his influence over the king to manipulate and keep Faisal in the dark in regards to his plan–which starts to unravel when CIA Director Irene Kennedy follows the trail of money back to him.

After a meeting in the Oval Office with the Saudi ambassador that’s meant to clear the air, it appears that everyone’s cards are on the table. But Alexander has a lethal ace up his sleeve–which he decides to throw down after finally reaching his breaking point.

Furious at the thought of America’s ally aiding the Islamic State, especially after a secret agreement the two countries made after 9/11, President Alexander comes up with a daring plan to have the problem dealt with.

Mitch Rapp, the legendary operative who has served on the front lines of the war on terror for more than two decades, is called to a meeting with the president in the middle of the night. In a scene that is reminiscent of the first time the two met (back in 2007’s Protect and Defend) when Alexander tells Rapp his plan to handle terrorist organizations is to “blitz hard and blitz often,” Mitch is finally read in on the entire Saudi situation.

Citing health reasons, Rapp abruptly retires from the CIA the next day, severing contact with everyone from the world’s premier spy agency–including Kennedy and longtime friend Mike Nash, as well as the men he’s bled with and fought beside throughout his career.

To go after the Saudi, though, Rapp needs a team, and with Scott Coleman and his men out of the question because of their involvement with the CIA, Rapp assembles his own group of mercenaries–made up entirely of characters that longtime fans of the series will recognize. But things don’t quite go according to plan, and soon Rapp becomes wanted internationally after a situation involving one of King Faisal’s nephews makes headlines around the world.

Over the course of fifteen previous novels, readers have followed Mitch Rapp on countless missions all across the globe. This time, though, Kyle Mills takes readers on a new kind of ride as Rapp plunges head-first into his most dangerous mission yet.

Mills continues to develop Rapp nicely, without changing any of the qualities that have made him a household name. Longtime fans will get a kick out of Rapp’s new neighbors and his current living situation, and appreciate all the characters Mills brings back–including someone Mitch locked horns with in the past who returns to help locate and bring Rapp in after the president disavows any and all knowledge of his actions.

Following The Survivor and Order to Kill, Kyle Mills continues to slowly interject more of his own style and voice into the story, which pays off in a big way. Vince Flynn created one of the greatest fictional heroes in the history of the genre, but Mills takes Rapp to another level entirely, capturing in this book the same elements that made both Transfer of Power and Consent to Kill.–arguably Flynn’s best novels–so popular with readers.

A smart plot with multiple surprises and well-timed twists make Enemy of the State a compelling thriller, but the real treat is seeing Mitch Rapp go completely dark for the first time in his storied career while the rest of the world tries to track him down. You might think you’ve seen Mitch Rapp unleashed before, but you ain’t seen nothing yet…

This September, Mitch Rapp goes rogue in Kyle Mills’ Enemy of the State, an electrifying thriller that longtime fans of Vince Flynn’s series will especially appreciate. If you’re a fan of thrillers, you absolutely must read this book!

Book Details
Author: Kyle Mills
Series: Mitch Rapp #16
Pages: 400 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1476783519
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Book Spy Rating: 9.0/10
Order Now: http://amzn.to/2sELn7K
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461 reviews40 followers
October 1, 2023
High octane, adrenaline- fueled political thriller at its best! Thoroughly captivating and scarily realistic! Totally satisfying and riveting! I won't give a synopsis of the plot, as that is already easily available. I will give my impression of this series.

Kyle Mills has taken the helm of continuing the Mitch Rapp series created by the late Vince Flynn. The transition has been flawless. Mills has kept the characters true and authentic as well as kept the structure of the writing true to the form of this series. Additionally, Mills breathes new life into the series as he develops and deepens Rapp's character. Rapp partners with former foes, depicting strength, but also a vulnerability. That vulnerability also echoes in his deepening relationship with another woman and her daughter, depicting a softening of his character, a domesticity that heretofore has been absent for years and years.

There are a myriad of political, special ops thrillers; plot development is important, but the development of characters is critical. Book followers are loyal to a character and his concepts and conscience. They follow a series because of their affinity for the character(s). The series ends when the characters are no longer compelling. The character of Mitch Rapp is certainly not tiring. There are depths to his soul that have yet to be revealed. Kyle Mills is deftly developing those hidden, masked emotions, and I can't wait to see where this leads! Rapp has dealt with his dark demons so long; it would be nice for him to resolve the inner conflicts and find some peace!

KUDOS to Kyle Mills! His writing is a credit to him as an author and a tribute to the legacy of Vince Flynn.
5,068 reviews57 followers
May 27, 2022
I like this book a lot better than the last two Kyle Mills wrote in this series. This still isn't the same Mitch Rapp that Vince Flynn wrote about, but either Mills has a better handle on this Earth -2 Mitch Rapp, or I'm better at letting go of the differences. Maybe it's because we're done with the "Evil Twin" plots for a while.

Rapp's relationship with Claudia progresses, while events unfold. When a Saudi prince is caught funding ISIS, the president gets riled enough to send Mitch Rapp on a rogue, search and destroy mission. Rapp, now without the resources of the CIA, puts together another group, ala Mission Impossible and starts wasting wimps.

Of course, someone gets a picture of Mitch, and an real investigation starts.

Pretty decent. Brings back several characters from previous books.
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2,130 reviews139 followers
September 4, 2019
Enemy of the State is the 16th book in Vince Flynn’s series about indestructible CIA assassin Mitch Rapp, and the third to be written by Kyle Mills after Flynn’s death from cancer. I’ve read all of these, more or less in order, and can honestly say that I can’t tell the difference - Mills has done an excellent job of maintaining the entertaining combination of breathless hung-ho action and tortuous political scheming that defines this series.

When the US President, Joshua Alexander, learns that Prince Talal bin Musad, the nephew of the elderly and weakening King of Saudi Arabia, has been witnessed funneling money to ISIS, he knows he can’t let this stand - but neither can he rock the delicate alliance between the two countries. Instead he asks Mitch to do the unthinkable - resign from the CIA and go after Musad on his own, on a completely deniable mission. Ever the patriot and in spite of his newfound happiness with Claudia and her young daughter Anna, Rapp puts together a team of secret killers - some former allies and some even old enemies, but it soon becomes clear they are being set up by the coolly ambitious Saudi intelligence director Aali Nassar, who will stop at nothing to acquire the power he craves.

This is another fast-paced violent thriller with the nearly superhuman Rapp managing to defeat all enemies without breaking a sweat. Heavy suspension of disbelief is required, but they are easy to read and good fun. The baddies are suitably evil and there’s an entertaining array of supporting characters, most of whom we have met in previous books - the way some former antagonists are now on Rapp’s side was unexpected and kept it interesting - can he trust people who have previously tried so hard to kill him? Claudia is the only weak character - she’s apparently very beautiful but doesn’t have much of a personality - although she’s still better than his dead wife I guess. I would’ve liked more of Kennedy but she plays her part where needed.

I’ve got the next one - Red War - ready to go, and then book 18 is due fairly soon - I’ll be happy to keep reading about Rapp’s adventures if they carry on like this.
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142 reviews23 followers
June 24, 2017
Here is my review from Enemy of the State based on the advanced readers copy I received from Atria and Emily Bestler Books! A huge thank you to them for having selecting me for an advance copy three years running! Glad to be a Mitch Rapp Ambassador and hope to see more people come enjoy this great series!

In this fast paced Mitch Rapp thriller (#16 Rapp book) you're going to experience a little bit of confusion. It's a good thing, don't worry! Mitch is now in a place in his life where things are changing. But don't doubt that he's the one true American asset that knows how to take care of business when it needs to be DONE!

Kyle does a phenomenal job in taking everyone's known Flynn Rapp and making him his own, and it fits right in with everything we've ever known and believed!

What would you think if the best team in the world just split up? What if the Golden State Warriors were like, we are tired of playing basketball! It would be an extremely odd play.

This was a faced paced top-notch read that I I had to force myself to read slowly and enjoy! It fits right into daily news you see on the news and the Enemy is actually relevant in real life just like in the book! Current times make this so much more believable and keep you turning pages faster then you expect too! Please don't miss this one and preorder a copy or two today! I already have my copy of the hardcover and audiobook ordered! Hope this helps you all out! Have a good one!
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3,351 reviews414 followers
October 16, 2017
3 stars is very generous for this effort, really 2.5 stars. The storyline is reasonably decent: Saudi Arabia's King Faisal, a long-time friend of America, is getting old. A rising, but humbly born man has risen to become Director of Intelligence and is plotting with ISIS to establish the new caliphate when Faisal dies. Mitch Rapp is summoned by the President, and asked to do whatever is necessary, but without any cover at all from the U.S. so Mitch quits the CIA, and cannot even rely on his usual special ops team. Instead, he taps old adversaries, which strains credibility. The Intelligence Director is killing off anyone who knows of his ties to ISIS, and pinning the blame on Mitch, eventually appealing to the U.S. President to bring back an FBI nemesis to capture Mitch. The problem is that Kyle Mills has changed Mitch Rapp's personality: while he is still a remorseless killer, his certainty about all that he does has waned, Irene Kennedy has turned into a marginal player, his #2 has retired, Hurley is dead, and the new supporting characters are weak and highly superficial, most especially Claudia.

Kyle Mills is better than this. Time to rally.
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62 reviews25 followers
September 19, 2017
Not bad but not great. I maybe a bit prejudiced because Vince Flynn was my favorite author! It was his books that got me back reading again. Nothing against Kyle Mills as I'm glad he's caring on the Mitch Rapp saga but I can tell it's just not Vince Flynn!
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1,059 reviews
September 20, 2017
"Enemy of the State" written by Kyle Mills is a surprisingly flat novel from a writer who had picked up the franchise after the the death of Vince Flynn, creator of Mitch Rapp, American counter - terrorist agent. Mills' two previous novels featuring Rapp were pretty good, but this one did not rise above the mediocre level, in this reader's opinion.
For one thing, it was quite low in the action quotient. The non-stop action just was not there. The ingenious plot ditto. The book starts almost as a Bond film does: there are two brief set pieces, one where Rapp rescues some civilian Iraqi allies trapped in Isis-land, and another about the aborted snatch of a terrorist leader. The next a hundred pages are filled with a lot of talk about how the US president , Rapp and other covert operatives desire to punish Saudi Arabia for being an evil kingdom whose royal house supports terrorism. A plot is hatched to bring down the wrath of Rapp against the Kingdom.
There s is a lot exposition of Rapp's private life in which we learn about the woman with whom he lives. She is a character from a previous novel, and unless you have a good memory or own copies of other books in the series to refer back to, you may be a bit lost. The same goes for references to previous events and persons in the past only lightly sketched in but play a part in this book. I could not recall them. I found it unbelievable that the character Rapp I recall would forgive and forget that at these two who tried to kill him and welcomed into his specialized , highly covert team and into his home. It seemed uncharacteristic for a man who bore scars, physical and emotional from their attempts to kill Mitch and his friends and family.
There follows more brief pages of action and long pages of scene-setting. An abduction; a bit of treachery; a glimpse of a mullah mastermind with big plans. The action starts to click , then stops , as there is more about the Rapp professional and personal family , slowing down the pace of the novel. The Saudi head of counter terrorism who is plotting against the US and his own King, does not see how he is being led into his own death. Ok we are into it, at last, but not before Rapp has time to travel here and there to fulfill the plan.

This seemed to me to be the entire book. There is a little excitement , a bit of subterfuge and or violence, followed by pages of fill. How unlike earlier novels where Rapp was always in the thick of the action, the bad guys interesting and dangerous, the plotting intricate. I tried hard to stay interested, which I never had to work at before. The novel never rose to the high level of quality that made fans of the series look forward to opening the cover of a new Mitch Rapp novel.
Two stars, it could have been three, but I dropped one off for the lowering the standard of quality expected.
Remember this is only one man's opinion. Read it and make up your own mind.
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261 reviews29 followers
February 10, 2020
Update: 2/9/2020
After reading the series from start to finish, this one makes so much more sense. It's so much more enjoyable after meeting each of the members of Mitch's "misfit team" and how he's worked for/against them previously. I still really love this one and would read it again and again. I stand by my original review in that you can read this as a stand-alone, but it is so much richer if you've read the entire series.

Finally getting around to reading this! What a great book! It was a non-stop thrill ride. Mitch and his merry band of men (and women). I have not read all the other books in this series, but did not feel like it was necessary. I will, however go back and read them to get the back story on Mitch's encounters with each one. I highly recommend this book for all fans of Ben Coes, Brad Taylor and Brad Thor.
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2,223 reviews21 followers
April 7, 2020
Legacy author Kyle Mills has done wonderful things for the franchise in 2 other novels, but this one is just not at the same level as the others...Yes, he's captured the essence, but just somethings a little off in this one...I can't quite put my finger on it...Mitch is cut loose by the President to loose a "Reign of Terror' on Saudi's targeting US interests...By doing this, it allows a plausible deniability of official US involvement & does so with a ragtag group of outliers...while not his best still an entertaining page-turner!
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31 reviews6 followers
June 21, 2017
I received an advanced reader's copy of 'Enemy of the State' in return for a review of the book. I've read all of the Mitch Rapp books by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. Like all of the others, this one does not disappoint. If you're a fan of Mitch Rapp you will highly enjoy this book.
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860 reviews
January 16, 2022
Another thrill ride with Mitch Rapp. This time he's resigned from the CIA and gone rogue at the President's request to right the wrongs of the Saudi Arabian government. Will he succeed with the all the world's intelligence agencies and their assets out to get him? Stay tuned as he assemblies a rag-tag team from his past along with his new love interest Claudia to settle things with the Saudis.

Is that enough intrigue and mystery to get you to read this one? It's not written by Vince Flynn- but the writing is nearly as good and the action and adventure will have you staying up later than you want while reading this one.
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47 reviews9 followers
July 6, 2017
Enemy of the State sees Mitch Rapp unleashed like you’ve never seen him before. Kyle Mills has officially taken over this universe and has made it his own. In recent interviews, I’ve heard Kyle say that he more or less had to write a forgery of sorts when he took over with The Survivor. With three pages left behind by the late Vince Flynn, and very little to go off from The Last Man. Kyle delivered on that forgery, with many fans not knowing where Vince left off and where Kyle took over. With Order to Kill, I feel like Kyle did an even 50/50 with writing in Vince’s style and his own. He stayed true to all our favorite characters and even created a few of his own. One very good one at that. Now, with Enemy of the State, Kyle has taken ownership of this franchise and made it his own and is doing a fantastic job.

Enemy of the State brings back some very special characters from the past, some good and some bad. When I say bad, I don’t mean they were a bad choice, I mean they’re BAD to the bone character wise.

Other fan favorites are also back, Scott Coleman is still recovering but is eager to return to the field and Mike Nash is being built up as a potential player on a whole different level. Dr. Irene Kennedy is of course as impressive as always in her craft and her son Tommy is mentioned quite a bit as always.

In Order to Kill, Kyle hints at a potential relationship for Mitch which I am happy to see moving forward and being a very good thing for Mitch. In fact, Enemy of the State ends on a very good note which finally has Mitch having everything he’s been missing in life. The seismic like activities created in these pages are sure to get you thinking as deep as Mitch is, regarding his past, present and future.

As I mentioned, and then completely went in another direction, in this book we see Mitch Rapp unleashed like never before. In this MUST-READ thriller, he goes rogue and is left to deal with certain situations how best he sees fit. For example, his mission planning is interrupted by a local thug and he deals with him in a quick and permanent as well as bad ass move.

Kyle throws in so many fun easter eggs that are sure to pop out at you if you’re a longtime fan of the series. Along with those, the action, dialogue and story line are sure to capture you from the very first page. Enemy of the State starts off with Mitch fulfilling a promise he made in Order to Kill. While doing so, a longtime favorite character is also mentioned, as Rapp mentions his training so long ago from the pages of American Assassin. To conclude my rambling, Enemy of the State is definitely 5 stars worthy and another winner for Kyle Mills.
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209 reviews24 followers
September 15, 2017
Pretty good even though I thought the direction Kyle Mills went with Mitch Rapp was not something I would have ever seen Vince Flynn doing.
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435 reviews102 followers
August 14, 2021
Superspy Mitch Rapp once again delivers in this adrenaline-filled action-packed wild ride of a thriller!! Kyle Mills does a phenomenal job picking up where Vince Flynn sadly left off.

Mitch Rapp's life is about to change forever, when the King of Saudi Arabia is discovered to be funding ISIS, the US President sends Rapp to find out the Terrorists true intentions, and to kill them, the only down side is he'll get no support from the US or even the CIA, he's on his own. Rapp resigns from the CIA and assembles his own team of independent contractors to help him complete his mission. When Rapp and his team start to get to close though, ISIS begins to take out high-ranking officials within the Saudi government, pinning the killings on Rapp and making it seem like he's gone rogue. Now with the US President, with his political career on the line, orders the CIA to assist the Saudi's in bringing Rapp to justice, so Rapp must clear his name and expose the real culprits before it's too late.

The beginning started out very hard to follow, I wasn't sure who was who, who was good and who was bad, but after about 80 pages into it, it all starts to unravel. Another winner in the Mitch Rapp series!!

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120 reviews1 follower
June 24, 2017
I am honored to have received an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) from the publisher. In Kyle Mills 3rd Mitch Rapp novel after the early departure of the great Vince Flynn, Mills proves once again that he was the best choice to carry on the best series in the Thriller genre today.

In the latest Mitch Rapp saga which starts up right where Order To Kill leaves off, Mitch Rapp goes Rogue. What does that mean? PreOrder your copy now to find out in September. You won't be disappointed. #MitchRappIsBack

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2,039 reviews771 followers
September 14, 2017
Wow Wow Wow, so much fun reading the book and now I'm sad to wait another year for #17. What a good thriller. Kyle Mills did such a wonderful job with Mitch Rapp series although I don't know if I agree with Rapp's romance side of things :)

Picked up a hardcover. Too bad they changed the narrator for the series. Not that there's anything wrong with Scott Brick, but hearing his voice reminds me too much of Clive Cussler's characters.
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3,090 reviews
October 18, 2017
Have never read a Mitch Rapp novel, so being my 1st and not from the original author eas probably a bad decision on my half. Not sure why I even picked it as these action/political middle east thrillers have been done to death. Very flat, Mitch wasnt interesting enough and the story wasnt engaging. Probably will keep away in the future.
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Author 12 books111 followers
September 22, 2018
Mitch Rapp pushes the limits in fighting terrorism wherever and however is necessary. Forced to change directions with the president’s approval, he quits the CIA.

Rapp assembles a group of independent contractors to get the job done. They had just begun infiltrating the Saudi government and ISIS when the new head of intelligence discovers their efforts and puts a stop to the plan by threating to go public with the post 9/11 agreement between the two countries.

Concerned about his political career and an international incident, the president turns his back on Rapp. The American intelligent agencies were ordered to join the Saudis’ effort in finding Rapp.

Rapp and his band of mercenaries become the center of a manhunt orchestrated to stop his mission. Who will win? Will Rapp vindicate himself and turn the tables on the Saudis and come out alive?

Kyle Mills has picked up the gauntlet from where Vince Flynn left off and has stayed true to his voice while expanding the old, and creating new characters to move the series forward.
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29 reviews4 followers
December 30, 2021
Well, I guess you could say that my review of this book can best be summed up in the form of a limerick:

There once was a team of assassins,
Each with their own distinct passions,
Claudia calling the shots,
As Donatella’s got the hots.
All leads to some great interactions!

Where in the rankings does this book fit in?
Perhaps it’s the best Kyle’s written.
A dark horse for top five,
Get ready to take a deep-dive.
With Enemy of the State, we are smitten.

Full SPOILER filled review available in audio format on Ep.88 and 89 of No Limits: The Mitch Rapp Podcast at www.MitchRappPod.com
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261 reviews13 followers
October 17, 2017
What a wonderful espionage/spy book. It is the best book of this genre I have read for quite some time. But, those with a weaker "constitution" might not be so enamored. It is of the "all losses are for the greater good" tale.

Furthermore, I have never read this author before, nor any the previous books in this series. I feel this book can be read on the "stand alone" basis with no loss in the reading knowledge.

Pick it up, and go for a really wild ride.
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561 reviews16 followers
April 4, 2023
Book Review – Author Kyle Mills of the Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp series had no problem picking up in “Enemy of the State” where Vince Flynn had left off in his last novel, “The Survivor,” and additionally in Mills’ “Order to Kill.” Mills introduces readers to one of Mitch Rapp's toughest opponents in Enemy of the State and does a fantastic job weaving old characters into the storyline, while also creating new ones of his own. I thoroughly enjoyed Mills’ style and humor injected into this novel. It did not take away anything from what Vince Flynn created at the beginning of the series and gave Mills some status of his own. Enemy of the State starts off with Rapp fulfilling a promise he made in Order to Kill. It was also a bit of a departure from other Mitch Rapp novels but never lacked in its plot, storyline, and character development. In Book 16 of the series, Mitch Rapp is unleashed by POTUS like never before. The story brings back some characters from previous books, some good and some bad and I think the ‘twist’ that Rapp’s normal back up team - Scott Coleman was still recovering from a major injury from the previous book – but was not used in the field - was somewhat nice and different/distinct. Credit to Kyle Mills for coming up with his own creative idea that worked well in this Mitch Rapp story. The action and suspense were great, and the plot was adventurous and bold. With twists and turns, as well as not being able to turn the pages quick enough, Enemy (of the State), not to be confused with Mills latest Rapp novel, “Enemy (at the Gates),” is a well written and very good Mitch Rapp novel. It lives up to the Vince Flynn legacy and Kyle Mills continues to validate himself as the right choice to continue the Mitch Rapp series.
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326 reviews27 followers
October 26, 2017
after 16 mitch rapp books you think i would be over this guy... but i'm not.

i think kyle mills has done WONDERFUL things for this series; his writing is fantastic, and i think he has been very true to the characters.

but this story just felt a little too.. oceans eleven-y to me? mitch gathering together a bunch of misfits to do a secret job and the stakes are SO high and its obviously SUPER dangerous and TOP secret and blah blah blah. honestly, i am just kind of over the whole "middle east is the bad guy" thing. a little more creativity would be great; and not just for kyle mills and the rapp franchise, i think that feeling of "over it" extends to the entire political thriller genre.

if the series ended here, it might not be the worst thing in the world. i am not sure i am down with mitch's new romantic interest, and the phasing out of my favorite character in the whole god damn franchise, scott coleman, is kinda irritating. maybe its better to end on a high note than to beat the franchise into the ground with nothing new and exciting?

overall, i love mitch. hated the narrator (audio book). writing was great. plot was meh.
how's that for an all over the place review?
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114 reviews1 follower
September 21, 2017
This was not as engrossing a story as I’ve come to expect from the series. Kyle Mills did a much better job with the last book, “Order to Kill”.
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957 reviews41 followers
July 5, 2018
Good events to think about. Wasn't ready for the switch from George Guidall to Scott Brick but I was comfortable by the ending. When will the end come for Rapp?
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1,815 reviews28 followers
April 4, 2018
Mitch Rapp has always been against what he considered, not only the most secretive but also the most dangerous deal in US history; the S would bury the powerful Saudis behind the 9/11 attack and King Faisal would deal with the conspirators in his own manner, while keeping the oil flowing to the US.

But now, information leading to the King’s nephew as an ISIS funder makes things different. Although the President of the US cannot be seen as moving against an ally, but the Saudi Royalty needs to be taught a lesson. Although the man for the job is none other than Mitch Rapp, he has to go it alone without backing from the US.

In order to accomplish the task, Mitch must first quit the CIA and second, assemble his own team of independent contractor. Unfortunately for Mitch, he barely sets up his task before the Saudi intelligence directorate discovers the effort.

As everything goes from bad to worse, Mitch and his crew find themselves being hunted down by the world, including the US.

Can anything make this assignment worse……
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12.7k reviews447 followers
October 7, 2019
Often in these books Mitch goes above and beyond and this book is no exception. The one thing that does make this book a bit odd is that Mitch ends up working with people he usually considers in the gray area and he is first using Claudia in the logistics role. This odd misfit band works pretty well together considering everything, but it seems like at each turn a foe gets there to mess things up before them, which makes the team have to work all the harder figure things out and get the bad guy. Along the way Mitch manages to take advantage of some odd happenings and get an enemy off of his back. By the end of the book things have changed in Mitch’s life, he sees how useful Claudia is and is embracing his home life.
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