Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series will continue

Big news for all the Vince Flynn fans out there.

It was just announced his Mitch Rapp series will be continued.

Full announcement:

VINCE FLYNN’S MITCH RAPP SERIES WILL CONTINUE;
THE SURVIVOR TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR 2015
Monday, June 23, 2014

The Vince Flynn Estate, along with Emily Bestler, Senior VP and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books are excited to announce the decision to continue the Mitch Rapp series.

Bestler, who was Vince Flynn’s only editor throughout his entire career and whose imprint is a division of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, signed a three book deal with 47-year-old New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.

Mills was first published in 1997 and has penned 13 thrillers, most notably Fade and The Ares Decision.

Mills will complete The Survivor, the book Flynn was writing at the time of his death on June 19, 2013, and then write two additional Mitch Rapp novels. The Survivor is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015.

“I’m really honored to have been asked to continue the Mitch Rapp series,” Mills said, “Vince was a great guy who helped me out in my career and as a diehard Rapp fan, I know how devastated his readers are.  They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing an iconic thriller character.”

“Vince and Mitch Rapp are so beloved by readers,” Bestler said, “It’s wonderful that we’ve found just the right partner to uphold the legacy of both.”

“To Vince’s wonderful fans, thank you for your love, support and patience, ” Vince’s widow, Lysa Flynn said, ” Vince was very proud of his team and we are confident that Kyle Mills will be a great addition. God bless and keep the faith!”

Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of all three books, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio and from Simon & Schuster UK in the UK, Australia, India and New Zealand.

For those who don’t know, Vince Flynn is by far one of my favorite authors.

And I haven’t read any books by Kyle Mills yet. Have any of you?

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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10 responses to “Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series will continue

  1. I am sooooo excited. I haven’t any Kyle Mills novels either, but since he has everyone’s blessing, I open him with wide arms. I’m still not sure on another continuing with the series, but I think he won’t let us fans down since he’s one too!

    • You know, those are precisely my thoughts… (Especially since us partnering on it isn’t a possibility since SOMEONE has a poetry book they’re putting together…)

      • LOL As much as I love the Rapp books, I know I could never write like Vince, or political thriller types. I’d get lost in all that research. I’m better creating the worlds with little research involved :) or poetry :)

        • I hear you there! I honestly couldn’t imagine the kind of pressure of trying to follow Flynn up, or even Robert B. Parker, who had a writer assigned to continue his series, as well…

          I’ll pass on that and just continue to try to do the best I can w/o about 10 million people telling me I’m not as good as Flynn! This guy is a NYT’s bestseller, so hopefully he’s good.

          And I DO trust the family and publisher on this. There’s too much at stake — both money-wise and legacy-wise…

          • Totally. I read one article from the AP that I retweeted from @EmilyBestler I think and in it, it said that Kyle Mills is constantly afraid of the fans not accepting him. He is in such a tough position, but it said that he has reread the entire series and took about 150 pages of notes. And, I personally think that since he is a huge VF/MR fan, if he didn’t think he could do it, he wouldn’t. Like you said, there is too much at stake. But since the family, and the publisher have faith, so will I.

            I didn’t realize that Vince only had a couple chapters done on “The Survivor”. :(

            I’m not going to let my fears of the book not living up to Flynn standards. If it doesn’t, I don’t think it would make it to publication. Because, I have always said, I’d rather not have anymore, than to have the series continue on and not be in Vince’s voice. But when I opened up my email today, I was so damn excited. Beyond words. So, that says a lot. And I think there has been numerous and numerous discussions and meetings on this.

            • Those are some great remarks… Worthy of a blogpost in themselves.

              I didn’t see that article, but I can only imagine how worried Kyle must be. I wonder if he has an “out” clause. Like, if the fans are just brutal, he can be release w/o doing all three books?

              Hopefully, that won’t be necessary. I really need to nab one of his books just to answer my own questions. I just need to finish this third Game of Thrones book before I do!

              • So many books to read, so little time.

                I know that a lot of the fans share the same feeling I have. I should probably get one of his books, just to see his style, because I never heard of him before this. I have been hearing many fans not necessarily hating the idea, but don’t really care for it. So, I feel I need to do what I can do push/promote him. After all, his success adds to the Flynn Legacy. It’s not just his name he has to worry about in this situation, it’s Flynn’s name too.

                I’m not going to worry about it. And I know when “The Survivor” does come out, I am sure there will be many “bad” reviews. But, we need to look at the bigger picture. And, they aren’t going to publish something if it is that bad (which I doubt it will be).

                Everyone’s nervous, more so, that guy. But I think it’s going to be great.

                Hell, not like we re getting a Rapp movie any time soon :(

                • Yeah, it’s absurd we’re not getting a movie… But I still hold out hope. I know Vince blamed the liberal culture in Hollywood quite a bit as a part of the reason behind this, but I don’t think that’ll hold out indefinitely.

                  Ultimately, Hollywood is as greedy as the rest of teh country, and eventually, they’ll recognize the sheer numbers and intensity of his fans — not to mention the insanely good storyline and character…

  2. Nancy England

    Stan, with any luck, after your death (a century from now, please!) there will be people jousting to continue your Marine Sniper series!!

    • Wow, Nancy… I have to say, this comment just blew me away…

      I had never even considered that this might be a possibility, but it’s kind of stunning to even think about… Wow. Just, wow.

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