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Vince Flynn was the top shelf in his political thrillers. What is eerie about his work is his almost prophetic writing.
10 or 12 years ahead of the game. His character, Mitch Rapp, should be the hero that everyone loves. However, politicians either love or hate him. They want to take him down or make him take the fall. Most just want him to disappear, but he is the first one they call on when a superhuman job needs to be done.
In Transfer of Power, the White House is attacked. The president is safe in an underground bunker and there are almost 100 hostages taken. The CIA sends in Mitch Rapp, because he is the best of the best counter-terrorism operative.
Washington D.C.'s power elite are all fighting for a place to take over when the president "presumably" cannot give orders or dies. Rapp figures out the political maneuvers as he and a couple unlikely 'helpers' do their best to physically rescue the president and hostages - without alerting the on site terrorists.
Vince Flynn was a genius and as a reader I miss his writing so much. I am hopeful that Kyle Mills can manage the task of continuing Flynn & Mitch Rapp's story that Flynn so perfectly showed us.
A lot of the reviews complain about Nick Sullivan and his performance. I didn't find it lacking too much. Of course, when you have been spoiled by George Guilall his low register and growling voice, it is hard to measure. I think that Nick Sullivan did a good to job.
I am really enjoying listening to this series again and have great optimism for the next three that will be added.
Notes: Violence, Strong language
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I have read or listened to a few Vince Flynn CIA thrillers. This is my favorite. This Mitch Rapp story of a terrorist hostage crisis in the White House had me engaged from start to end. While formulaic, it is really a fun ride. The narrator was excellent!
Love the story and enjoyed every bit of it. This is my first book in Mitch Rapp series, and I am hooked so I will probably go though all the books.
Mitch Rapp is something like USA version of James Bond.
when Mitch restored communication.
No! Just much enjoyment.
Audiobooks help me hold on to the few wits I have left.
I'd rank Transfer of Power in the upper 50%. I've read a great number of audiobooks, back to when Books on Tape still did rentals, so it's hard to really say how it compares to them all. The narrator was not as good as George Guidall, but was certainly acceptable. Whether a particular performer is great or awful can be very subjective, though I have found a few that really did make the story impossible to enjoy, and others that made a very weak story tolerable.
The political chicanery and lust for power, as well as the oftentimes paralyzing lack of decisiveness by bureaucrats and even military "leaders".
I think he did fine. A performer can only do so much with his voice and pacing. I think this reader was acceptable, though some others might have been better. I almost skipped this book because of the harsh criticism of the reader by some reviews, but am glad I did get it.
Not really. I do wish authors of this type of work would get more accurate information on firearms and how they function as well as how humans react to being shot. It would also help if the performer would also do a little research on things rather than guess at the pronunciation. The rifle-maker Barrett is not pronounced like a girls hair clip.
Readers/listeners to this genre of books, especially ones with a lot of detail often know a lot of these technical details themselves, so it is grating when ammo magazines are called clips, and subguns that fire from an "open bolt" have a round racked into the chamber by the protagonist prior to going into action. Still, I'll likely listen to at least several more in this series, unless Mitch starts meditating on his navel or something.
Mitch Rapp is the best counter-terrorist operative the CIA has. He has been hunting number one terrorist Rafique Aziz for nearly ten years, coming close several times and sporting a scar on his cheek as a constant reminder. When Rapp sees the opportunity to capture Fara Harut, Aziz's mentor, he takes it. The CIA then uses "cutting edge" measures to extract information from Harut, and find out That Aziz is planning an assault on the White House. Unfortunately, the information come a little late and Aziz is successful in his plan. The president however has made it to his bunker where he hopes to wait until a rescue operation is mounted. The terrorists have wired all entry points with explosives and control 76 hostages. They also jam all communications, cutting the president out of the loop and placing the Vice President temporarily in charge. Enter Mitch Rapp and an Unlikely partner Milt Adams. Together these two are the United States' best bet to end the standoff and free the hostages and the president. To find out if Mitch Rapp is successful in his attempt to save the White House and even the score with his nemesis Rafique Aziz. This book is full of action, political back stabbing, and secret alliances. I very much enjoyed this book. Vince Flynn will be missed very much.
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No, I thought the story had it's moments and I did finish the book but I found the narrator's voice a bit annoying especially on the female characters. He was, however, technically professional with good pacing and sustained energy.
The technical descriptions of military hardware and weapons. Least interesting was the improbable thesis of the story, it stretched the imagination beyond good fiction.
Energetic, Weak, Nasal,
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.
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....