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The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series | [Vince Flynn]

The Third Option: Mitch Rapp Series

CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.
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Publisher's Summary

CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own after Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield—a choice that enrages many inside the world’s most powerful intelligence agency. Her detractors will resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins—which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one’s pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.

Hear Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top operative, battle global terrorism in more of Vince Flynn's political thrillers.

©2011 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Flynn hits his stride in this thriller about high-end Washington politics...[he] has an exciting, Ludlum-like series going here." (Booklist)

"Flynn's latest thriller...is an old-school spy story...updated with heavy helpings of international intrigue and domestic politicking and betrayal." (Library Journal)

"Fans of Ludlum and Clancy will want to check it out.' (Pioneer Press)

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    C J 10-21-14
    C J 10-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Abrupt Ending"
    If you could sum up The Third Option in three words, what would they be?

    I was a little caught off guard with the ending. Thought it seemed sudden without all "things" taken care of. Overall, still pretty good.


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    Tim W. Tipton 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story.....not reader."
    Would you listen to The Third Option again? Why?

    Yes, The Third Option was a excellent story as are all the stories in the Mitch Rapp series. Good story line and the characters are developed throughout this story which plays to connect dots in the previous stories and set up for the following book as well as the rest of the life and career of Mithch Rapp.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Third Option?

    The book really was good throughout the whole. Vince Flynn has a great knack in the Rapp series of setting the stage in the beginning and setting up the end throughout the Middle of the book. The whole book flows together with the plot thickening and characters developing without losing the reader in the middle from monotony. Great read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nick Sullivan’s performances?

    I would listen to one of his stories if it was FREE, but defiantly not if I had to pay for it OR if it was a series that I was very much invested in. His narrating defiantly took away from the experience of the story. It was hard to take the characters seriously when he changed his voice for the various characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to at least 6 of the Mitch Rapp books from audible and have literally enjoyed everyone and have listened to each of them at least 2x. Sadly this one does not stack up compared to the other primary because if the reader. George Guidall is a EXCELLENT narrator for the Rapp series, and it was hard to listen to Nick Sullivan. If the story was not so great I perhaps would have not even finished it because of the reading. The series itself could not be better as a series and as individual books, however I would highly recommend A listener to listen to one if the stories that are narrated by George Guidall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Pare 08-03-14
    Jerry Pare 08-03-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Action..Good; Relationships...Awful"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Flynn should stick to the thriller story line. His attempts to give Rapp a love life are feeble and boring. The narrator is not as good as the person on previous books in this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GiGi Ft Washington, MD, United States 06-02-14
    GiGi Ft Washington, MD, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Always a Fan"
    What did you love best about The Third Option?

    The way the story comes together. In the end this series never disappoints. Plus I love how the books overlap.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You never knew who was going to make it out alive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where he breaks into the Director of the CIA home.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    He love for Anna


    Any additional comments?

    I've never really been a fan of the narration of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 05-03-14
    Hill Bedford, TX, United States 05-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "As good as it gets."

    I read some of the other reviews before I bought this book. I have listened to several of the Mitch Rapp series and enjoyed everyone of them. Some of the complaints that other reviewers had were in regards to the narrator. I saw nothing wrong with Nick Sullivan's narration as a matter of fact I think he is one of the better readers that I have heard.
    I grew up in the era of weekly serials and I loved them. I personally like the way Mr. Flynn builds for a series. The Third Option is fine entertainment and worth the price. Enjoy, I certainly did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-29-14
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2004

    Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

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    "If you have never read a Vince Flynn book..."
    Any additional comments?

    You don't know what you are missing. His books are amazing and I am listening to them now a second time around. It saddens me that the world lost such an amazing author at such a young age. I first did the Mitch Rapp series out of order, which you can do...The second time around I am doing the series in order. I am appreciating the development of the characters more doing it in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-13-14
    Robert 03-13-14
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    "No End In Sight..."

    I was surprised to hear a woman's voice announcing that "This has been a recording of..". At first I thought that my download was messed up and that it was truncated. I actually went back and re-listened to the last minute to see if I missed something. As it turns out, all I missed was that the book ended. The book felt more like a murder mystery detective type book as there was no big event at the climax typical of something in the Espionage genre. The last chapter was simply a recap of the bad guys plot to other characters in Mitch Rapp's corner. No big surprises or plot twists. No real Aha! moments. It simply ended mid conversation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. A. Ishizuka Seattle, WA USA 03-09-14
    E. A. Ishizuka Seattle, WA USA 03-09-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Republican viewpoint ruins story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The Narrator is fine; it's the Right-wing nonsense that ruins the spy story and idiotic stereotypes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Take out the bias


    Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

    Irene Kennedy, Mitch Rapp


    Did The Third Option inspire you to do anything?

    Hit the Pause button


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Overland Park, KS, United States 01-31-14
    Joe Overland Park, KS, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not wise to betray Mitch Rapp"
    What did you love best about The Third Option?

    I like thrillers that deal with corruption and espionage. This book's portrayal of corruption in DC and how Mitch Rapp deals with those who betray him, kept me listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch Rapp. He is powerful and stealth. I like how he deals with betrayal and corruption. When it affects him personally, he puts and end to it.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    Sullivan has a powerful wide ranging voice. He provides a great image for his characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely! I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it strange that in the previous books, Mitch Rapp was only known as his alias, Mitch Cruise. In this book there were inconsistencies where many people knew him as Mitch Rapp that shouldn't have. Some senators, the navy seals, etc. I would think in his line of undercover work, his real name would rarely get out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Stuart, FL 01-14-14
    Constance Stuart, FL 01-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Painful to listen to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not really. This is a great story but the narration is so hard to listen too.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I love the characters.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It would have been off the chart if George Guidall had read it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. I think Anna pleading with the President to let her know Mitch was okay could have been that moment but again, the narration lacks emotion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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