Library director rediscovers books on CIA superagent

Literary Junction
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Some years ago, I began reading an author I had never heard of before. His name was Vince Flynn and his books were almost entirely a series featuring a CIA superagent by the name of Mitch Rapp.

It didn’t take me long to get hooked on his writing, as it was fast-paced, easy to follow and very exciting. Mitch Rapp is a successful college athlete that experiences tragedy in his life while vacationing with his girlfriend. Terrorists attack the resort at which the couple is staying and Mitch’s girlfriend is gunned down before his eyes. Wanting retribution he becomes part of a special unit within the CIA conducting highly secret operations to track down and assassinate terrorists and other known threats to the security of the United States.

Mitch Rapp is definitely what one would call a tragic hero. Even though he is actually doing something about the threats caused by terrorism, he is still haunted by his own demons and his continually unsuccessful search for happiness.

As I say, I was hooked from the beginning few pages of the first Vince Flynn novel I read. We had a good collection at the Big Horn County Library and what we didn’t have, I was able to get online or through interlibrary loans. Finally, I read the last of his published novels and then resigned myself to waiting for the next one to come out. The problem was it never did come out.

After waiting about a year and still seeing no new novels, I heard from a friend that Vince Flynn had tragically lost his fight with cancer earlier that year. I was shocked because he was a rather young man; to be taken from his family was quite sad, not to mention taken from his fans. I then simply resigned myself once again to the fact that there would be no more Mitch Rapp novels.

Recently, however, an author name Kyle Mills has taken up the Mitch Rapp character and writing in the style of Vince Flynn. I discovered this by chance, as I was not looking for any more novels by Flynn but, as fate would have it, the latest Mitch Rapp novel was donated to us not too long ago. Upon processing it and reading a little of it, I discovered the new Kyle Mills books.

This probably sounds like a badly written plot from some made-for-TV movie on the Lifetime Channel, but honestly it’s rather exciting for a library geek like myself. I’m also pretty sure I’m not the only Mitch Rapp fan out there. If you’re interested in reading of his latest exploits in the new release, Red War, you’ll find it upstairs in the “NEW” book turnstile.

We at the Big Horn County Library would like to wish you all a happy week and happy reading.

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