Code Red by Kyle Mills – Book Review

Code Red

 Mills continues the thrilling Mitch Rapp series

Kyle Mills continues the late Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series with the latest instalment, Code Red, that will take you on an action-packed journey through the treacherous landscapes of the Middle East. Set in a war-torn Syria, the story revolves around Mitch Rapp, a Special Operative who finds himself indebted to an enigmatic drug lord.

The novel starts with Damian Losa, a crime lord with a tight grip on the local drug scene. Losa, facing a significant threat to his business, seeks Rapp’s help in dealing with a new and highly addictive narcotic developed by the Syrian Government. As Rapp assumes the guise of a wealthy Canadian attorney named Matthew Fournier, he is sent deep into the heart of Syria to negotiate with the government.

However, what he uncovers is far more sinister than he could have ever anticipated. The drug is no ordinary substance; it is a powerful weapon carefully crafted by Russia’s asymmetrical warfare unit, designed to inflict irreversible brain damage and permanent psychosis. Russia’s plan? To release it throughout Europe and the West, plunging the world into chaos. Caught in a web of deception and danger, Rapp soon realises that he is expendable to everyone.

As he navigates through a land where alliances shift by the hour, his mission becomes twofold – escape Syria alive and, if possible, dismantle the drug-making operation. With his partner Claudia and daughter Anna anxiously awaiting his return, Rapp is determined to survive and protect those he holds dear.

Code Red immerses you in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game, where every move has dire consequences. Mills gives you a taste of a plot that is rife with danger, terrorism, and political implications, all underscored by the presence of a formidable lead character. Rapp’s relentless pursuit of justice and unwavering dedication to his mission create a sense of urgency that keeps you turning the page.

Drawing upon his knowledge and experience operating in the turbulent Middle East, Mills infuses the novel with a sense of gritty authenticity. The war-ravaged backdrop, the turmoil of battle, and the constant threat of violence feel remarkably realistic. From the hidden dangers lurking in the shadows to the adrenaline-fueled action sequences, the author brings the harrowing world of espionage to life in stunning detail.

As you delve deeper into Code Red, you’ll find yourself considering the effects of the covert operations carried out by special forces personnel around the world in the name of safeguarding our security.

If you want an action-packed read such as Code Red, you don’t have to worry even though it is a part of a larger series. You don’t have to start from book one, since you can read them as stand-alones. Code Red is a remarkable read for those who are interested in espionage thrillers, especially if you are a fan of the series.

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  • Verdict - 7/10

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