but the second half is exciting, engaging, and felt good at the end.
A lot of the story is cliched characters - done too many times before and predictable. The Vice President had no brains and followed whatever his smarmy chief of staff (Dallas King) told him to do. Dallas made all decisions based on polls, public opinion, and future election possibilities rather than something intelligent. Those parts pulled the story down - made it drag.
The bad guy was evil in all ways - and then lucky when things went wrong. I was annoyed with how easily he got away. His actions have been done before, nothing special or different.
But, the parts with Mitch Rapp were excellent fun. The last half was best, when Mitch was making decisions and taking action. Mitch is the smart, effective, undercover guy. His physical description - he won the triathlete Ironman competition.
A few times the author annoyed me with too much jumping around in the middle of crisis scenes. I’d prefer some of them completed rather than interrupted. For example, a good guy is secretly doing something near a bad guy. Then the scene switches to military leaders elsewhere discussing what to do. The author was artificially drawing out suspense. Not all of this was bad, but when I get mad at the author and think about the author in the middle of a story, then it’s not good.
The ending was rushed. I wanted more development of things.
I had trouble deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I finally went with 3 because I don’t have any desire to read more in the series. This was a tough call, because the last half was clearly 4 stars.
The narrator Nick Sullivan was good.
Genre: action suspense thriller, terrorist
I guess I'm in the minority here. This is an excellent book. Altougth we're all used to George Guildal, I think Nick Sullivan did a good job.If you are a Vince Flynn Enthusiast you will love this one.
I read several reviews prior to selecting this book that said the reader was far short of top notch. I found the book to be very enjoyable and the reader everything I expected.
I enjoy this series of books, the characters, and the story twists, but Nick Sullivan is by far the worst dramatic narrator I've heard. He's developed terrible ( and superficially stereotyped ) voices, without much understanding of the storyline, and no acting ability. It's very tough to listen through. He may be good with non-fiction, non-dramatic narration, but not here. I'm not looking forward to the next book.
I have a strong preference for the SPOKEN, as opposed to the written word. Although a poor reader may detract from a book, a truly capable reader adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of a good book.
Pay the extra dollars and go back to Guidall. Sullivan just doesn't cut it. I enjoy the books in the series, but only those read by Guidall.
I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
Not really. This book was rather predictable and the same story has been rehashed numerous times.
Leave this kind of thing to James Bond.
He was not the worst narrator I've heard though he screwed up some pronunciations. I think people yabber on too much about the reader of the later books. He might be better indeed but if you've never heard him this guy is not that bad.
Terrorists want to destroy everything and only one man can stop them, but only if everyone will get out of his way! Has this movie not been made already? Call Clint Eastwood.
Clearly I was disappointed. It wasn't a great book. They might get better but after this tragic replay of the same old same old I'm not going to bother finding out.
I like this book and this series. However, in part 1 of the book either the writer, the editor, the person who prepared it for the narrator, or the narrator couldn't decide if the Vice President was male or female. The pronoun changed used for the VP started out as he, shifted to she, and finally became he again. Soon after the pronoun was corrected the story itself actually verified the gender of the VP in the book. It was very distracting.
If you're a big Mitch Rapp fan like myself then you might have the whole series too. Like myself you might have picked books by content and being on sale so you never really went in order. That was the case with this book. I passed this book up because of so many negative reviews because of a different reader. However I'm glad I finally picked it up because it filled in a lot of blanks to the on going series and now I also know how he met the reporter....
For all those who seem to have totally concentrated on a different performer rather than the book....Listen through and concentrate on the book...It's actually pretty good.
I've listened to this and one other read by someone other than George Gidal. The other author really didn't have a strong enough presence so that one really took some to get past the reading, but in time I did. This performer was much stronger and really wasn't all that bad with utilizing different personas for each character. I totally got past the fact that it was a different reader within ten minutes or so and really enjoyed the book.
One thing that's consistant with Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp....There's always two sets of bad guys. One set is the terrorists who Mitch Rapp loves to kill, and the other is Washington politicians who Mitch would love to kill, but usually doesn't. As usual there some poiticians and advisors who through their own actions are making things worse. I like the way these books always seem to have a two point attack on the missions, It makes for a lot of fun wondering how he's going to manage.
If you are a fan, but have stayed away from this one because of the negative comments about the reader. I'm glad I finally checked it out to find it really wasn't as bad as some who only consider Gidal as the one and only performer for the Mitch Rapp series....
The story is one of the best Rapp novels ever...and I've listened to and read nearly all of them. The narration is awful. Besides some of the complaints that the narrator just doesn't do the voices well, I can be forgiving of that, the issue I have is that Sullivan is so out of touch with the story line that he doesn't even pronounce the words correctly. Example: Anna Really?...How about Anna Reilly (Rye-Lie) or how about that famous .50 cal sniper rifle the Barett (Sullivan: Bar-Ette - like you wear in your hair), instead of the Barett (Bear-Ett). Little things like that drove me crazy all through the book...luckly the story was so good, I kept listening.