I’m continuing to share some of the best interviews from my Enemy at the Gates tour. This time around, it’s audio-only interviews. If you missed the videos as well as the special edition of the Mitch Rapp Podcast where we discussed the ending of the book, you can find that post here.
John Gibson Podcast
In this interview, John got right to the question lots of people want to know: “Did you model the Cooks after any politician?” Listen and find out.
O’Connor & Company
“I was laughing out loud at some of the scenes in this book. You’ve found a lot of humor in Mitch Rapp’s character as he’s started to age.” I find that as you get older, a good sense of humor about it is critical. Larry thinks Mitch is a lot like Tom Brady. Here’s why…
Book This! with Freddy Cruz
Freddy and I talk about the craft of creating the perfect antagonist, meeting Tom Clancy when he was still an insurance agent, and books I liked to read in my younger days.
Red Carpet Crash
“It was another thrilling Mitch Rapp book!” The world has changed so much since Vince passed so it was interesting to chat about how the series is evolving to meet the new reality.
Bumper to Bumper with Dan Barreiro
Dan is a great guy and was a longtime friend of Vince’s, making my annual conversation with him one of my favorites. This one was no exception. Interview begins at the 21:40 mark.
Backbone Radio with Matt Dunn
“I enjoyed every moment of reading that book!” We dive into why I wrote about the rise of the ruling class, what it’s like to write female versus male characters, and how sometimes even I don’t know what a character is going to do when I sit down at my desk. Scroll to the September 25, 2021 interview.
Ross Kaminsky Show
“Mitch Rapp is such a fantastic character… I couldn’t put it down!” We talked about how I did my research for Enemy at the Gates during COVID and why I was inspired to set some of the book in Africa.
Need to Know with Jeff Angelo
Mitch has a new president that despises him and an unfamiliar operating environment in this book. We talked about how I settle on what Rapp’s next challenge will be and how I do a lot of research to try and extrapolate what will be relevant when publication day rolls around. Interview begins at the 9:45 mark.
The Protectors Podcast with Dr. Jason Piccolo
The host said he wanted to ask me questions that most interviewers don’t ask. We talked about our love of zombie movies, the weapon Mitch Rapp would choose in a zombie apocalypse, and why actors make stupid choices when trying to escape the living dead. Oh, and we talked about Enemy at the Gates, too.
Bruce Ciskie Show
Bruce opened with, “The story behind Enemy at the Gates is an interesting one…” From there we discussed how my idea for a three-book arc was upended when current events overtook my plotline.
Coffee With Closers
This podcast was a new one for me and I enjoyed chatting about topics like pushing the limits of Vince’s structure in Enemy at the Gates. We also covered all the apologies I got after the Texas power outage from people who thought my last book, Total Power, was overly dramatic.
Jim Bohannon Show
Are there Mitch Rapps out there? We talked about how Mitch is likely a composite of people Vince had met or imagined and how some of the newer characters in the series are composites of people I’ve known.
We also discussed how reality matters to a fiction writer and how important research is. I was fascinated by writers like Forsyth and Clancy because everything in their books felt like it could be happening just out of sight. For me, this is what makes a thriller worth reading. Interview begins at the 40:50 mark.
Missed the tour highlights gallery? Find fun photos and fan social media posts here.