Lethal agent

Kyle Mills, 1966-

Book - 2019

"A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the Internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the US. ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon acr...oss the border, but it?s really just a diversion. The terrorist organization needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to weaponize a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they?ll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order. Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Mexican cartels and track down the ISIS leader who he failed to kill during their last confrontation. But with Washington?s political elite increasingly lined up against him, he knows he?ll be on his own."--Publisher description.

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Series
Mills, Kyle, 1966- Mitch Rapp ; 18.
Subjects
Genres
Spy stories
Adventure fiction
Political fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Spy fiction
Published
New York : Emily Bestler Books/Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc 2019.
Edition
First Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
370 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
1501190628
9781501190629
Main Author
Kyle Mills, 1966- (author)
Other Authors
Vince Flynn, 1966-2013 (creator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Not fully finishing the job haunts Mitch Rapp in the latest novel in Mills' continuation of the Vince Flynn series. When an ISIS leader whom Rapp attempts to assassinate escapes, Rapp is determined to close the deal. But so is the terrorist, who wants Rapp dead at all costs. If he can kill a few thousand Americans in the process, all the better, hence a bold plan that involves ISIS teaming up with a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle bioweapons across the border. Add a tumultuous election that threatens to weaken the country's intelligence community, and it's clear that Rapp will have to conduct his mission without his usual resources. Mills continues to keep Flynn's characters vibrant, entertaining, and relevant, the latter thanks to involving Rapp in timely global issues. The writing is stellar, and the action is nonstop, as always, continuing the legacy that makes the Rapp series the best of the best when it comes to the world of special ops. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: For military-action fans, Flynn was the gold standard, and Mills has done nothing to change that. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Created by late thriller great Flynn and here deployed by No. 1 New York Times best-selling Mills, Mitch Rapp gets busy when ISIS forces a leading French microbiologist to manufacture anthrax, hiring a Mexican cartel to smuggle the drug across the U.S. border and showing videos to get the world anxious. But it's all a feint to disguise their plans to use a deadly virus discovered in Yemen. With a 500,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bestseller Mills's rousing fifth Mitch Rapp novel (after 2018's Red War) pits Mitch, the creation of Vince Flynn (1966–2013), against Mullah Sayid Halabi, an ISIS terrorist grievously wounded in an earlier battle with Mitch. Halabi, a man with a grudge, kidnaps Gabriel Bertrand, a brilliant French microbiologist, to assist him in spreading the deadly disease known as Yemeni Acute Respiratory Syndrome around the world. The only way Mitch can stop the plan is to sacrifice his personal life and go undercover into the ranks of Mexican cartel boss Carlos Esparza, whose minions are set to infect populations with the disease. Meanwhile, Senator Christine Barnett, a traitor, lusts to win the U.S. presidency, an ineffectual president just wants to sit out the remainder of his term, and an American electorate reacts only to partisanship and hatred. Despite these familiar plot elements, Mills makes them fresh and handles the writing as skillfully as Flynn as ever did. The pages will fly by. 8-city author tour. Agent: Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly-produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the Internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the U.S. ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon across the border, but it's really just a diversion. The terrorist organization needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to weaponize a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they'll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order. Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Mexican cartels and track down the ISIS leader who he failed to kill during their last confrontation. But with Washington's political elite increasingly lined up against him, he knows he'll be onhis own.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A divisive presidential election is complicated by terrorist videos of a kidnapped scientist who is being forced to produce anthrax, catapulting Mitch Rapp into an undercover mission to prevent the weapon from being smuggled into America. Read by George Guidall. Simultaneous. Tour.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An unprecedented and terrifying bioterrorism plot threatens to kill millions in the midst of a divisive presidential election in this new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series. A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the Internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the US.ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon across the border, but it’s really just a diversion. The terrorist organization needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to weaponize a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they’ll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order.Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Mexican cartels and track down the ISIS leader who he failed to kill during their last confrontation. But with Washington’s political elite increasingly lined up against him, he knows he’ll be on his own.“In the world of black-ops thrillers, Mitch Rapp remains the gold standard” (Booklist, starred review).

Review by Publisher Summary 4

An unprecedented and terrifying bioterrorism plot threatens to kill millions in the midst of a divisive presidential election in this new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series. A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the Internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the US.ISIS recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon across the border, but it's really just a diversion. The terrorist organization needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to weaponize a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they'll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order.Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Mexican cartels and track down the ISIS leader who he failed to kill during their last confrontation. But with Washington's political elite increasingly lined up against him, he knows he'll be on his own."In the world of black-ops thrillers, Mitch Rapp remains the gold standard' (Booklist, starred review).