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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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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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55 of 60 people found this review helpful

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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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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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 10-01-18

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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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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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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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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Mitch Rapp is back.

The Putin-like Krupin is truly mad, and not just from his cancer. George Guidall is back as narrator, though Scott Brick is an excellent one, it's good to hear Guidall again. A great storyline, and hope we get more from Kyle in the future.

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Red War is a new look for Rapp

While Rapp is paying back Grisha Azarov, Russian president Krupin’s former enforcer and one of the very few men that have gone toe-to-toe with Rapp and lived to tell the tell. CIA Director Irene Kennedy hears that Krupin has brought out of forced retirement general Sokolov making him his top aide and advisor. This gives a head fake to the world's Intel agencies making them at first thinking he is there to help with the pressure from the public protests.

Krupin makes moves to invade NATO countries at the same time daring the Americans to get involved. Kennedy learns of Krupin’s inoperable brain cancer, she realizes that they are in a no-win situation that could lead to nuclear war.
This is Rapp most dangerous mission to date can he stop Krupin before he and Sokolo can start world war three? With a lot of action from the start that keeps going all the way through and great storyline this is a five star book!

A Giant Plus for us Audiobook listeners George Guidall is back reading it!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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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  • joe
  • 10-06-18

Good book but...

I didn't mind this book. The writing is a little more simplistic than Vince's last Rapp novel but Mills still writes an entertaining story.

George Guidall really brings the best out of this book, he's much better suited to Mitch's voice than Scott Brick was in Enemy of the State.

overall an entertaining listen.

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  • Tony
  • 10-11-18

By far the worst

I've been a big fan of this series but this story line lacked the fast pace of previous novels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-18

Kyle Mills honours the memory of Vince Flynn !

An exquisite example of Rapp at his best.
Kyle Mills deserves full credit for taking over the reins of Flynn's outstanding series & making it even better.