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Red War

Written by: Vince Flynn,Kyle Mills
Narrated by: George Guidall
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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling series returns with Mitch Rapp racing against the clock to take down Russia's ailing leader before he invades the Baltics.

When Max Krupin - Russia's leader - discovers that his kidney cancer has spread to his brain, he's determined to hide his diagnosis. He begins by getting rid of anyone threatening to him - as well as creating chaos in the region to keep the world's attention diverted. Soon, Krupin's illness becomes serious enough that he needs a more dramatic diversion, prompting him to invade the Baltics.

Desperate to understand what's causing Krupin's uncharacteristically erratic behavior and Russia's aggressive moves in the region, America begins working with Russia's disgraced prime minister to stage a coup. Its success relies on Mitch Rapp's ability to successfully find and quietly get rid of the ailing president before Europe is drawn into a war with a man who has nothing to lose.

For fans of "black-ops thrillers, Mitch Rapp continues to be among the best of the best" (Booklist, starred review).

©2018 Vince Flynn (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Interesting parallels

Interesting perspective given this was written before the current Ukrainian conflict. Skilled storytelling, Putin may have read it.

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Outstanding

loved it, the perfect background for my commute to and from work. Recommended to anybody who loves spy books

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missing an immerssive narrative

Missing that immersion of of a narrator who can act out the role rather than just read well

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This Mitch Rapp novel fell well below expectations.

In all fictional suspense novels, you expect a certain amount of implausibility, but Red War outdid all the previous Mitch Rapp adventures in this regard. An Cold War caricature of a villainous Putin-like Russian president with not an iota of nuance or complexity to his character, over-the-top anti-Russian sentiments, an absurd and sometimes cartoonish plot-line, an entirely unlikeable portrayal of the main character Mitch Rapp, all made this my least favourite book in the Vince Flynn series. Even the usually stellar narrator, George Guidall, seemed off his game reading Red War, probably stemming from an awareness he was reading an unworthy addition to the iconic series for lovers of spy novels. Hopefully Kyle Mills will recapture the magic that infused previous books with his next instalment.

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Great book

really liked this one. can't wait for the next one. will listen to it again for sure

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disappointed with the narrator

the narrator speaks in a halting, Kuching fashion if when it is a simple sentence. the story premise seems preposterous, but it's always fun to read if the CIA sticking it to the Russians.

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Great series

Love this whole series, have listened to all of the books. Definitely recommend to everyone

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Good Old George!

One wonders whether the George Guidall will ever learn how to pronounce lived. At least he's no longer butchering Anna's name.

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  • shelley
  • 2018-09-25

EXCELLENT addition to the series...

To start with, as much as I love listening to Scott Brick I am so glad that George Guidall narrated this new Mitch Rapp book. After so many books Guidall has become the voice of Rapp.
I will not go into details about the plot because I think the publisher's summary gives enough and this book is too good for me to spoil it by giving away any more.
There is quite a bit of action and globetrotting from end to end. This well thought out plot revolves mainly around Mitch and Grisha Azarov (whose home is attacked on the order of the Russian president). Azarov's girlfriend is injured and he can't understand why Russian Pres. Krupin would come after him at this point. Scott, Irene and Claudia all make an appearance but only play a small part in this book.
Kyle Mills does a phenomenal job walking in the footsteps of Vince Flynn, I imagine that's no easy task. If I didn't know better I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the before and after books.
This book makes an excellent addition to the series and has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Avid Reader
  • 2018-10-02

This was not a Mitch Rapp novel! He's a tag-along.

What a great disappointment. I purchased this book and the accompanying audiobook so I could enjoy another adventure with Mitch Rapp. WTH? Mitch was nothing but a tag-along character. This should have been name Azarov Adventure #1! We spent most of the book the the Russian G. Azarov from the previous novel.

I did not want to follow Azarov. I wanted more Mitch.

This was a fine action story but it was NOT a Mitch Rapp novel.

Since Vince Flynn died and Kyle Mills has taken over the reins of the Rapp novels, they have progressively gotten further and further away from Mitch and have become just another group of action/adventure novels.

I'm done following the novels written by Kyle Mills.

I'm not only disappointed, I'm angry that the legacy of Vince Flynn has gotten so tarnished

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  • Casey Melton
  • 2018-09-28

Worst Rapp book of all.

This was the worst Mitch Rapp book of all. Seems like it was written on auto pilot. None of the Mitch Rapp action that I'm used to and expected. Very disappointed.

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  • Linda H.
  • 2018-09-29

Bad

Kyle Mills is straying from the Vince Flynn writing style. Book was very bland/serious. Vince made the plots fun to follow, this was just boring. Definitely not enough of Mitch’s character in the book, it was all just Russian drudgery.

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  • Robert N. Mcclurg
  • 2018-09-26

Guidall

Thank you very much for bringing back George Guidall as the narrator. For me, Brick did not translate for The Rapp series. I hope Guidall returns for the next installment.

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  • MisterFrosty
  • 2018-09-29

Author should have read earlier Mitch Rap stories

What a terrible disappointment this was! I, like so many other purchasers, was hoping for some classic Mitch Rap as he outsmarts, out maneuvers, and kicks very serious bad-guy butt as the primary storyline.
NOT! This book was an amateurish try at international intrigue based on a silly premise that was the “star” of the story.
I really loved the Mitch Rap books. This is an affront to the franchise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-25

George is back!!!

Mitch Rapp was dead for me after the fiasco with the last narration. I'm giving him another chance now.

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  • Liendra Reynolds
  • 2018-12-02

Confused and disappointed 😞.

Whose idea was it to have Mitch and Claudia become a couple. She planned the attack against Mitch that resulted in the deaths of his wife and unborn child. As far as I am concerned she will always be in the enemy camp. There is no prettying up her character to make her palatable as a love interest for MR. NEVER!!!!!
Still a MR fan, though. Bring back the tried and true formula we the loyal readers have loved for years.
GG is the perfect narrator........ALWAYS.
Kyle Mills has done good work in the past,but this time has strayed too far from what I expected in a Mitch Rapp book.
Just my opinion..........

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-10-01

Not my favorite in the series but still 5 star

After four Mitch Rapp series by Kyle Mills I continue to be impressed by his ability to write in the style of Vince Flynn. George Guidall's narration is even more terrific when on considers he is an octogenarian. For a more complete review of RED WAR read that of top reviewer Shelley.

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  • stuartjash
  • 2018-09-27

One of the best in the entire Rapp series

As a Mitch Rapp Ambassador, I took my time reading Red War, as I never wanted the experience to end. Well, it finally came to a conclusion tonight, and Kyle Mills did not disappoint.

Story: When Mills first introduced us to Grisha Azarov in Mills' first complete novel since taking over the Flynn franchise, he formed the most formidable opponent Rapp had ever met. The way Mills weaves Grisha into this plot is fantastic and dramatic. As you can see from the other reviews, Rapp is in a race against time, Maxim Krupin's time in order to stop from a Russian takeover. It is fast-paced. The story never lets up, and Rapp is as sharp as ever.

One thing I really like and enjoy about Mills' writing is what he's done with the relationship between Rapp and his friend/comrade Scott Coleman. Coleman and Rapp were always close when Flynn wrote the series, but Mills has developed their relationship even more so. I think a large part of this is due to the fact that Mills has added so much more humor into the novel. The banter between not just Rapp and Coleman but also Rapp and Grisha is hilarious. Mills has allowed this humor to permeate through very intense, dramatic, and thrilling scenes, and it gives the reader a chuckle and reminds you that these battle-hardened men still have a sense of humor. Rapp and Coleman's conversations never cease to make me laugh.

This was, I think, the best novel Mills has ever written. As far as the Rapp series goes, I truly believes this even rivals some of the top Flynn novels like Transfer of Power and Consent to Kill, which is a nearly impossible task. I love the way Mills has moved the series forward. This was a fun, thrilling, and entertaining read. I could've finished it in a few days, but I never wanted the book to end.

Narration: Come on, it's George Guidall! He's, arguably, the best narrator in the world. He is hands-down my favorite, and last year when Scott Brick narrated the Enemy of the State, I was a little disappointed. Not disappointed in Scott Brick, he's amazing as well, but disappointed that Guidall wasn't doing it. He has been the voice of Rapp and friends for so long, that we all grew accustomed to it. Great having Guidall back.

Great book + Great Narration = Amazing Listening Experience!

Great job, Kyle Mills!

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