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
Kyle Mills has managed to seamlessly continue the Mitch Rapp series after the late Vince Flynn. While I enjoyed the previous installment “Order to Kill” Mills’ first crack at the series, Enemy of the State is a serious jump forward.
Mitch is asked to take on an impossible task while abandoning the support of the CIA and his deep roster of highly skilled allies. As in many of his past clandestine operations, his capture will be met with denial of his involvement with any U.S government agencies. BUT in this case it’s true, and while asked not only to operate outside the agency, he will be actively pursued by the very people he as so long relied on to back him up. As such, he is forced to assemble a new team for the upcoming mission, one I would describe as the “Suicide Squad” of Mitch Rapp’s past, and it’s as awesome as it sounds!
Apart from the action packed pace, intriguing twist of operational support and captivating plotline, Kyle Mills manages to create that classic Vince Flynn build up of impending “I told you so!” This has always been one of my favorite aspects of the Rapp series, the proliferating tension of him finally coming face to face with some bureaucrat dumb enough to turn on him or his country. I was so happy to see this book return to that continuing theme in the series, finding yourself pausing throughout the book thinking “OMG when Rapp gets his hands on this guy…”
I have no gripes with this story, my only withholding of a single star, aside from very rarely giving a full 5, is that I would have preferred a bit more confrontation at the end. And without giving away any spoilers, Mr. Mills if this review ever finds your eyes, bravo but HOW DARE you shake us up like that???? And please get to writing #17 if you haven’t already!