A best-seller list and Rush Limbaugh: Hundreds celebrate new Vince Flynn novel


The debut of the newest Vince Flynn novel shows just how excited people are to have Mitch Rapp back.

St. Thomas Academy, Flynn's alma mater, hosted a release event Tuesday night that included a panel discussion about the late author's legacy.

Flynn had written only a handful of pages for "The Survivor" when he died of prostate cancer at 47. Accomplished author Kyle Mills was tasked with finishing the tale.

Mills was on-hand for the celebration, which drew about 800 fans, the Pioneer Press reports – including radio host Rush Limbaugh, who was a friend of the St. Paul native Flynn.

In addition to the big name, "The Survivor" also debuted to strong sales.

WCCO reports the novel – which went on sale at midnight – debuted at No. 2 on the Barnes and Noble best-sellers list. (It's down to sixth as of 6 a.m. Wednesday.)

'The Survivor' is 'another winner'

"The Survivor" is a new espionage thriller starring Flynn’s longtime “Mitch Rapp” character.

The Associated Press in its review calls the novel "another winner," and says Mills "created a wonderful tribute to Flynn while also writing a great novel."

Excited fans are tweeting with the hashtag #MitchRappIsBack.

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Flynn left behind a wife and children when he died in June 2013. Thousands paid their respects to him at a funeral service in the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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