I love Vince Flynn (RIP). I loved all the books. In the series's except this one. I gave it 3 stars because of Flynn and Rapp. I listened to all the other bulks before this one. I only read it because I was joesin for more Rapp however there was noooooo character development. It's like all the characters were thrown in a blender and they came out with no identity. Do not read this first it may sour you away from a great series. Leave it for last
Bad Midwest accents, mispronounced words, awkward story-interrupting pauses. Just plain bad, especially compared to George Guidall who has read other books in this series.
This is more about Washington politics than Rapp's special talents. It really describes how you can never know when you will be on the other end of the hit list. And it ends on a cliff-hanger, so isn't very satisfying as a stand-alone book. However, if you are into this series, then you need this just for continuity. And I don't know where the years went. Rapp was in Europe in love with Greta, then here's Rapp with 10 years under his belt, and no more mention of Greta. It's all about the reporter from the Olympus White House Has Fallen Down previous book. Feels as if there were about 3 books missing.
Never thought I would use it as much as I have. Watch for bargins. Average price of my collection is less than half the regular price
loved it. I need to get back to the first in the series. Thank you.
There was not as much action as previous novels. The "ending" is anti-climatic. I felt the same way as I did at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. May as well said to be continued...
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If you happen to be reading the series out-of-order, I should mention that the next book in the Mitch Rapp series, Separation of Power (Book 5), is an immediate continuation of the story in this one, The Third Option.
In fact, The Third Option doesn't even have a concrete ending. You have to suck it up, take the pseudo-cliff hanger for what it's worth, and continue on to the next book to learn what happens. Lot's of people (evidenced by the many reviews I've read), get quite upset with the lack of an ending. Not me. By this time, I'm already deeply invested in the characters and story, so I know I'm going to read the rest of the series in short order. Besides, Vince Flynn is hardly the first author (or maybe the editor is to blame) to employ the cliff-hanger tactic to keep readers coming back. No skin off my back...well maybe a little. I'm no sadomasochist, but I actually enjoy the anticipation of waiting on the next book of a riveting series to come out. Fortunately for all of us, the whole series (13 books anyway), is already published.
A distinct lack of an ending doesn't detract much from what I got out of the book as a whole. Characters are important here, and not just the main one. Aside from being introduced to Scott Coleman (Navy Seal extraordinaire), we get lots of interesting input from DCI (Director of Central Intelligence) Stansfield, his underling Irene Kennedy, President Hayes, General Flood (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs) and a plethora of senators, chairpersons and aides that keep the political intrigue pegged in the red. There's lots going on here, and lots more to learn in the next installment.
This is a great start of a story but it's like a TV series. The author has clear designs on making this a two or more book series. That's fine but that should be indicated prior to buying the book. I feel cheated. Bo Hiss Mr Flynn just handed me a "Mickey Flynn" and you know it.