The Mitch Rapp book series by Vince Flynn follows a CIA counterterrorism operative as he tries to save his nation’s sovereignty by fighting terrorists and finding spies within the CIA.
Who is Mitch Rapp?
Mitch Rapp is a fictional character in the series of novels by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills. Rapp is a CIA counter-terrorism operative whose primary focus is stop foreign terrorist attacks on the United States.
He is portrayed as an aggressive CIA operative who is willing to take extreme measures that many in the establishment may frown upon.
His main motivation to join the CIA was the death of his high school sweetheart, Maureen Elliot, in the bombing of a Pan Am flight in 1988.
Throughout the series, Rapp works with several special operations teams, such as the Navy SEALs, DEVGRU, Delta Force, Air Force Special Operations Command, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.
Vince Flynn’s Biography
Vince Flynn was an American author of political thriller novels. He was also a story consultant for the fifth season of the television series 24.
Vince Flynn was raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and pursued a career in in aviation with the United States Marine Corps.
Flynn started his writing career with a self-published political thriller “Term Limits,” which became an instant hit. With this book, Vince Flynn announced his entry in the world of literature with a big bang.
In order to overcome his difficulties growing up with dyslexia, Flynn forced himself to write and read daily. Flynn died of an aggressive form of prostate cancer at the age of 49.
Kyle Mills’ Biography
Kyle Mills is an American author of political thrillers. Since Vince Flynn’s death in 2013, Kyle Mills has continued writing the Mitch Rapp series. Mills was raised in Oregon, and his father was an agent with the FBI.
He is best known for thriller novels such as Rising Phoenix, The Second Horseman, Sphere of Influence, Free Fall, and Darkness Falls.
Mitch Rapp Book Series in Order
In Transfer of Power, Mitch Rapp makes his way back to Washington only to discover that the president of America is not as safe as the powerful elite thought. Mitch is in a race against time as he rushes to save the hostages before the terrorists can extract the president from the bunker.
The Third Option follows Mitch Rapp on a mission to assassinate an industrialist in Europe who has been supplying highly sensitive equipment to the world’s most notorious terrorist organization. However, he does not know that there is a target on his back as well.
As Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race and the newly appointed CIA director becomes the target of internal sabotage, the President of America calls on Mitch Rapp to find the people who are hellbent on ending his presidential term prematurely.
The President publicly hails Mitch Rapp as the single most important person in the war against terrorism and blows over his cover.
Mitch Rapp, the president of America’s top counterterrorism operative, is instructed to derail a terrorist attack that is planned for Memorial Day.
While Mitch Rapp has made many enemies over the years as he has been on the frontlines of the war on terror, his biggest enemies are people within his own government who want him dead.
Two weeks before the American election, presidential candidate Josh Alexander’s motorcade is decimated by a terrorist bomb, of which he is the only survivor. And while CIA intelligence points towards al-Qaeda, CIA Director Irene Kennedy received game changing classified information.
Following an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear arsenal, Iranians have vowed vengeance. But Mitch Rapp has a great plan to get rid of the Iranian government: bring Iran to the edge of a revolution.
As a lethal terrorist cell prepares to descend on America, Mitch Rapp seeks the assistance of former Marine Corps officer Mike Nash. Nash, on the other hand, quickly becomes the target of his own government.
In Pursuit of Honor, Mitch Rapp is on an action-packed mission to fight a covert war in order to protect his country’s safety.
Mitch Rapp, a gifted college athlete, has his world turned upside down when his girlfriend perishes in a terrorist attack on American soil. When the family members and friends of those who perished look for comfort, Mitch Rapp joins the CIA in order to seek retribution.
12) Kill Shot (2012)
One year after Mitch Rapp completed his CIA training and successfully dismantled the network of terrorists that were behind the attack that killed his girlfriend, Rapp finds himself in Paris. However, a deadly surprise awaits him as a bullet leaves Rapp’s silenced pistol, and he is deemed liable.
The FBI is after Mitch Rapp in order to blame him for the kidnapping of the head of clandestine operations in Afghanistan.
Joe Rickman, Mitch Rapp’s close friend, steals a massive number of classified documents, and it is up to Mitch Rapp to apprehend him.
In “Order to Kill,” Mitch Rapp finds himself chasing one false lead after another from continent to continent in an effort to keep Pakistani nukes from falling into the hands of terrorists. Soon, it’s clear to him that Moscow is behind the chaos and unrest in the Middle East. Now, it’s up to him to go to Russia pretending to be an ISIS recruit from the United States.
After 9/11, the U.S. government and the Saudis make a deal to cover up the evidence of the Saudis coordinating the attack in order to keep the oil flowing. However, when the Saudi king’s nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the President of America has no choice but to send Mitch Rapp to deliver a message.
17) Red War (2018)
When Russian President Maxim Krupin discovers that he is suffering from incurable brain cancer, he wages a war with the West in an attempt to cling to power. As Irene Kennedy realizes that the U.S. is facing an opponent who has nothing to lose, she sends Mitch Rapp to find a way to prevent a catastrophic war from happening.
As America deals with the worst political crisis of the century caused by selfish politicians who are focused entirely on maintaining their own power, ISIS kidnaps a French microbiologist to manufacture anthrax and threatens the hysterical American public with an imminent attack via social media.
As Mitch Rapp captures ISIS’ top technology expert, it is revealed that there is a man who claims to bring down America’s power grid. Will Mitch Rapp be able to foil this man’s plan?
Over his career, Mitch Rapp has worked under several presidents; however, the new president, Anthony Cook, seems to baffle him. Not only does he display autocratic tendencies, but he also feels no loyalty towards American institutions and is unhappy with the influence Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy have in Washington. Meanwhile, an internal mole in the CIA is scouring the agency’s database for sensitive information on the world’s first trillionaire, Nicholas Ward. Fearful for his safety, she sends Rapp to protect him.
Things are not looking great for Mitch Rapp as he is thrown into exile by his own government. In accordance with the agreement between Rapp and President Cook, Rapp must leave the country, and in exchange, the administration agrees not to attack him.
22) Code Red (2023)
The latest thriller deals with Mitch Rapp racing against the time to uncover and neutralize a high level and powerful mole in CIA.
Mitch Rapp Books in Chronological Order
One way to relish Mitch Rapp series is to read it chronologically by starting with American Assassin and Kill Shot which are prequels. To gain more familiarity with the Mitch Rapp universe, you can also sneak in Term Limits (Lynn’s first novel) after Kill Shot.
- American Assassin (Prequel)
- Kill Shot (Prequel)
- Transfer of Power
- The Third Option
- Separation of Power
- Executive Power
- Memorial Day
- Consent to Kill
- Act of Treason
- Protect and Defend
- Extreme Measures
- Pursuit of Honor
- The Last Man
- The Survivor
- Order to Kill
- Enemy of the State
- Red War
- Lethal Agent
- Total Power
- Enemy at the Gates
- Oath of Loyalty
- Code Red
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best order to read Mitch Rapp books?
The best order to read Mitch Rapp books is the order that they have been published in.
1) Transfer of Power (1999)
2) The Third Option (2000)
3) Separation of Power (2001)
4) Executive Power (2003)
5) Memorial Day (2004)
6) Consent to Kill (2005)
7) Act of Treason (2006)
8) Protect and Defend (2007)
9) Extreme Measures (2008)
10) Pursuit of Honor (2009)
11) American Assassin: A Thriller (2010)
12) Kill Shot (2012)
13) The Last Man (2012)
14) The Survivor (2015)
15) Order to Kill (2016)
16) Enemy of the State (2017)
17) Red War (2018)
18) Lethal Agent (2019)
19) Total Power (2020)
20) Enemy of the Gates (2021)
21) Oath of Loyalty (2022)
22) Code Red (2023)
You can also read the Mitch Rapp series in chronological order with American Assassin and Kill Shot as prequels to Transfer of Power. Flynn wrote these 2 books, American Assassin and Kill Shot, as a part of prequel trilogy before his unfortunate death.
How many books are in Mitch Rapp series?
There are 22 books till now in the Mitch Rapp series.
Are Vince Flynn books a series?
Vince Flynn is the author of the Mitch Rapp book series.
Do Vince Flynn books go in order?
Vince Flynn books don't go in order of their publication. While, this won't take away anything if you read them in the order they were published.
The best way to read Vince Flynn books is in the order of publication. You may want to read the prequels American Assassin and Kill Shot and then Vince Flynn's first novel "Term Limits" first before going through the remaining books in order of their publication. Although, the novel, Term Limits, doesn't feature Mitch Rapp, it happens in the Rapp Universe and features many characters found in his other books.
Why is American Assassin rated 18?
The movie American Assassin based on the Flynn's novel by the same name has been rated R and Common Sense Media has designated it as suitable for people aged 16+ years due to strong language and violence.
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