(1966 - 2013) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1966.He graduated from
the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a
degree in economics in 1988.
John shares his thoughts about Vince Flynn, Mitch Rapp, and Kyle Mills:
"Vince Flynn was one of our favorites and a good friend to us, and his death, while not a total surprise, was quite a blow. Vince was diagnosed several years ago with stage four prostrate cancer, and had lived longer than most of those whose received such a diagnosis.
While the loss of such a talent is tragic - personally I felt like I had lost two friends, Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp.
I am a junkie for hard guy spy thrillers and Mitt Rapp resides in my own special community that includes Jack Reacher (Lee Child), Dewey Andreas (Ben Coes), Bob Lee Swagger (Stephen Hunter), Karen Vail (Alan Jacobson) and Robin Monarch (Mark Sullivan) - to name a few.
I met Kyle Mills (who penned Survivor), back when he released his first novel. That novel, Phoenix Rising, had the back cover bearing a full page endorsement by Tom Clancy. Clancy and Kyle's dad (who happened to be the head of Interpol), were close friends. So knowing Kyle and his work, I found him to be a perfect candidate to keep the Mitch Rapp series moving forward.
Survivor should really be called The Last Man Part Deux, as it picks up right where Vince Flynn's last book ended. it moves forward with the same characters, pacing, dialogue and action that became a hallmark of the Vince Flynn series. Kyle Mills does a excellent job of feeding the Rapp fans what they missed after Flynn's untimely death.
I would be surprised if you are disappointed. Personally, I expect much more from the operative who seems to make his own rules, keeping us all safe, while our government leaders sit on their hands as the threats grow greater - day by day."
Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel, Term Limits. Within one week, Flynn had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books.
Term Limits hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback and started a trend for all of Flynn's novels. Since then, his books have become perennial bestsellers in both paperback and hardcover, and he has become known for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of Islamic Radical Fundamentalism and terrorism.
After Flynn's death, the Vince Flynn Estate chose author
to continue the Mitch Rapp series.