Mitch Rapp is used to winning.But in this follow-up to #1 New York Times bestselling The Survivor, the CIA operative finds himself chasing false leads from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Together with friend and colleague Scott Coleman, Rapp struggles to prevent the loss of these lethal weapons, particularly because Russia is also interested in the nukes, though not for the same reason as Rapp and Coleman.
Soon, it becomes alarmingly clear that the forces in Moscow are bent on fomenting even more chaos and turmoil in the Middle East, and Rapp must go deep into Russian territory, posing as an American ISIS recruit. There, he uncovers a plan much more dangerous and insidious than he ever expected, one that could have far-reaching and catastrophic consequences.
Written with the same breathless tension and heart-racing action as Vince Flynn’s greatest novels, Mitch Rapp's latest adventure is as timely and provocative as ever.
What I didn’t like: I finished Order to Kill and just sat there thinking, “what did I just read?”, “was this a Mitch Rapp book?”, and I was disappointed.
I never thought I’d say this but there was too much Mitch and not enough involvement with the other characters. Yeah, they were there somewhat, but it was more just saying lines to move the story along. There were no hidden strings being pulled, no intrigue, no real surprises.
There was action but it felt like an action hero movie with none of the usual nuances in previous books. It felt very flat not only plot wise but character wise. Maybe I expected too much based on the last book and Mr. Mills’ first time writing part of the story. Order to Kill was all his, I think.
Mitch Rapp is still the star but it’s almost like he took over and tried to upstage his co-stars. There was no behind the scenes deliberation. Every action felt like it was on the fly and wasn’t thoroughly thought out or talked about. The thriller part was lacking and I missed it very much.
What I liked: In the last two books, Mitch has finally been evolving into more than just a killing machine. It’s time he put his past love aside and maybe take a chance again. I did think the woman “chosen” for Mitch was a much better fit to his lifestyle than his first wife.
I enjoyed the scenes between Mitch and Claudia and Anna very much. They seemed more developed than the rest of the story. Seeing Mitch thinking about his future with a significant other and the way he interacted with little Anna was a great plot point.
While Order to Kill isn’t a terrible book, compared to the rest in the series, I found it kind of blah.