Joseph “Rick” Rickman, former boy wonder at the CIA, stole a massive amount of top secret and hugely compromising intel concerning classified operations all over the world, offering it (and himself) to the Pakistani secret forces. Only his plans went awry when CIA director Irene Kennedy sent Mitch Rapp to hunt him down. It turns out that killing Rickman didn’t solve anything—in fact, the nightmare is only intensifying. Rickman stored the potentially devastating data (CIA assets, operatives, agents) somewhere only he knew, and somehow, from beyond the grave, he still poses a mortal threat to America.
Now it’s a deadly race as both the Pakistanis and the Americans search for Rickman’s accomplices and the information they are slowly leaking to the world. Will Rapp outrun and outthink his enemies, or will the Pakistanis find it first and hold America hostage to their dream of becoming the world’s new nuclear superpower?
****SPOILERS: if you have not read The Last Man my review of The Survivor might reveal spoilers.
What I liked: The Survivor picks up right where The Last Man left off almost. Dr Irene Kennedy, Director of the CIA, thought her number one operative, Mitch Rapp, had solved their problem of a rogue operative who was willing to fake his own death, get lots of money and totally discredit any and all deep cover operatives. It didn't quite work out that way as Joe Rickman had made arrangements to release classified information even if he was killed. Now Kennedy and Rapp are trying to deal with the fallout without the whole network being compromised.
Kennedy and Rapp are not the only ones trying to track down the files and the hacker releasing them though. A mystery person seems to be one step ahead and he doesn't have the CIA best interests at heart. As a matter of fact, his purpose is to take over the contacts and use them to not only destroy the CIA but make the United States a pariah.
Mr Mills kept the pacing, the plotting and the story development so well, I really couldn't tell it was a different author writing the story. I can't even imagine trying to immerse yourself in someone else's work so deeply and staying true to their vision of a series.
As with other Mitch Rapp books, I couldn't put The Survivor down. The action is non-stop but doesn't feel frantic. The plot, the descriptions, and the characters were excellently written.
What I didn't like: I just recently found out there will only be 2 more books in this series and I'm saddened by that but completely understand why.
I noticed a few changes in Rapp in this novel that had begun with The Last Man and can't wait to see where those changes take him with us along for the ride.
Highly Recommended but start with the very first book, Term Limits. (Term Limits is not specifically a Mitch Rapp novel but it sets things up nicely for the series).