They claim they were not based on any book, but if they had been, this is that book. Book published in 1999, movies in 2013. Make your own judgements. If I were Vince Flynn, I would sue.
Loved this book. Love the action, love the characters, especially Milt. This plot is probably more realistic than the North Korean or wack-o US paramilitary antagonists of the movies above. And, as in one of the movies, there is more than just the one enemy. If you liked the movies, you will love this book.
And, you know, as much as we all love George Guidall, Nick Sullivan did a good job. If Guidall had never touched the series, no one would be complaining. Sullivan did many voices, and did them well. Just consider the differences between vain, self-important Dallas King and 70-yo hardened CIA chief Stansfield; he did both voices well. His women's voices don't sound falsetto or infantile, and he did the old Black Milt very well. Yes, there were mistakes, but I don't know if they were in the reading or the writing.
My only question is what happened to Gretta? Did Mitch leave her over in Germany and not go back for the last 5-8 years? What's up with that?
71-year-old grandmother who has been an avid reader all my life. I have recently retired from being a litigation attorney (for Plaintiffs).
I like to find books in a series (this one is #3). It eliminates the need to choose my next book. I also have enjoyed series about political assasins. Mitch Rapp satisifies both of my preferences. I particularly enjoyed this one which was set in Washington DC, where a takeover of the White House occurs. As usual Mitch is unflappable and immediately assumes control, developing a plan to resolve the situation and get the President and the hostages out alive. At times, the descriptions of what was happening got a little tedious. Flynn could have cut out a lot of irrelevant details without sacrificing anything in the story. I did not particularly care for the narrator. George Guidall has spoiled me from listening to anyone else. I like the characters, especially "Milt" an older man who remembers every detail about White House history. He contributes a lot when he assists Mitch with recon. Predictibly, I hated the VP and even more, his Chief of Staff. Their bumbling was more help to the terrorists than was their own planning and execution. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.
Terrorists taking over the White House? Needs to be a bit more plausible for me.
Do not care for this reader. Monotone. Not good at making up voices for multiple characters.
Avid Audio book listener, Blogger and Book-Seller.
...Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counter-terrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought. Indeed, Rapp has made a chilling discovery that could rock Washington to its core: someone within his own government wants his rescue attempt to fail. -Publisher's snippet.
If the above snippet seems vague or out of context, that's because it is. I cut off two preceding sentences intentionally. They contain the premise of the novel...but in a little more detail than I'd like to post. Not really a spoiler, per se, but if other readers are like me...they sometimes enjoy going into a story as blind as possible. Besides, it's easy enough to find a synopsis on the internet machine, no?
What we get from this audio book is the meat and potatoes of what makes up a Mitch Rapp thriller. This formula (and I use that term loosely) is present throughout most of the rest of the series. And I don't mean that in a bad way. You can count on Flynn to provide all the staples of a good novel and then some. His knowledge of military tech and procedures is detailed and particularly noteworthy. The tension he creates within the dichotomy of covert action vs. political intrigue will find you always waiting for the other shoe to drop. There is always a rich cast of characters present, and contrary to many other novels of this ilk, they are mostly all useful or interesting in some way. There are far too many novels out there that lack this vital trait. An interesting bad guy (or guys in this case) is essential, and I find that I always get my fill of nasty buggers that I'd like to strangle in Vince Flynn's novels.
Unfortunately, George Guidall (whose work is excellent) hadn't yet signed up to narrate this series when Transfer of Power was released in 1999. In his place, we get Nick Sullivan. I gotta tell you, these two narrators are worlds apart. Sadly, Sullivan just doesn't quite cut it for me and his performance is the sole reason I deducted one star from my rating. Not only is his voice fairly boring, he sounds very rigid. His enunciation is an-noy-ing to the point that I'm wondering if I'm suffering from Misophonia.Thankfully, Transfer of Power's pluses far outweigh the minuses, otherwise I would have rated this audio book 3/5 stars purely for the lackluster narration.
I very much enjoyed the story, it progressed at a good pace and took twists that I didn't always see coming.
Listening to the narrator's sometimes awkward enunciation was sometimes a little off-putting. After the first few chapters he seemed to fall into the characters a little more and I got a little more used to his voice.
I will definitely listen again, not the best of the series (that I've heard) but I don't regret the purchase.