or does it stand out like a sore thumb
Revisado en los Estados Unidos 🇺🇸 el 11 de octubre de 2015
The Survivor is an interesting book to try to review, since there are a few different angles one has to consider. How is it as a book? How is it as a Mitch Rapp novel, does it stand alongside the other books in the series, or does it stand out like a sore thumb? Did Kyle Mills do a good job of writing in the style of Vince Flynn--and should he have attempted to do so, or should have have written with his own 'voice'?
Let me start with the latter questions first. This is the second time that I have been reading a series when the author passed away, so subsequent books were written by another author. In that case, the characters acted totally out of, well, character. And the writing style was totally different. I didn't read any further books in that series. I just couldn't reconcile it.
But in this case, Mr. Mills does an excellent job of making this book blend in with the rest of the series. Granted, I don't think Vince Flynn had a particularly unique style (I mean, let's face it, the Mitch Rapp series itself is enjoyable, but not super unique anymore), so it wouldn't have been too difficult. But I do think 90% of readers would not have known that a different author was behind the keyboard if they didn't know going into it. So if you're worried that this book will "feel" or "read" differently, don't worry. It's a seamless transition. Which I'm glad for. RIP Vince Flynn, you were the first author I read in this genre and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this series.
Now, how was the book in and of itself? It was just as good as all the other Mitch Rapp adventures. The book felt very fast paced, I think just because the characters jumped around the globe so much from chapter to chapter. One chapter, Mitch would be in Virginia, then Turkey, then back to Virginia, than Switzerland.. One of my very few criticisms is that I wish the passing of time were more clearly marked. Some points, a new chapter would start and I would think 'Wait, is this the next day? Or have a few days passed now?" Just a minor quibble.
I think Mr. Mills did an excellent job capturing the spirit of the characters. BUT. I felt that Mitch himself was much more of an a-hole in this book than in subsequent ones. But... I ain't even mad. I actually liked it. I thought it was much more realistic. Everyone always acts so afraid of Mitch, like he's the bull in the china shop, and how he's such a loner... in this book, it's much more apparent why. Even to Irene, and other women. I just found it a lot more realistic and understandable. Granted, Mitch deals with a lot of difficult stuff in this book, so it's understandable that he would be irritable. But as I said, I kind of like this new, grumpier Mitch. A much more authentic feel.
Minor SPOILER ALERT I guess: I also approved of the lack of romantic interest in this book. I was kind of dreading the return of that Sydney chick from the last book, or really any love interest. Vince, RIP, did not write likable female characters. And just in general with this genre of books, I haaaaate it. Must be because I'm a woman. I like my alpha male characters single. But in any case, thank god there were none in this book!
One other minor thing--in previous books, Charlie Wicker's nickname was "Slick." In this book, it's now all of a sudden "Wick"? I don't get it, but OK...
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