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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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    William United States 01-07-13
    William United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A great novel nearly ruined by the reader."
    Would you listen to The Third Option again? Why?

    Yes.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Sullivan’s performance?

    He sounded like he was narrating a science text book.


    Any additional comments?

    Vincent Flynn novels not read by George Guidall should be re-recorded by George Guidall.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Henry Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-07-11
    Henry Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-07-11 Member Since 2001
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    "If it had an ending, I'd give it a 5."

    I can't get enough of the Mitch Rapp series, and this is no exception. My only complaint is that I could not believe this installment ended when it did. I was convinced that I failed to download a segment. Alas, the narrative was at an end. Fortunately, I have already downloaded Vince Flynn's next book. Great series Mr. Flynn!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    earle marion, OH, United States 07-15-11
    earle marion, OH, United States 07-15-11
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    "why no ending???????????????????"

    book was great all the way to the non ending. left a big hole, felt like a jigsaw puzzle with the last piece missing.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Minda Wheaton, IL, United States 10-29-12
    Minda Wheaton, IL, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration was a turn-off"
    What disappointed you about The Third Option?

    The narration.


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Re-do the audio book with Guidall.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Change the narrator to Guidall.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Unfortunately, I paid for this book because I ran out of credits. After listening to the American Assassin and Kill Shot, I decided to start from the beginning of the series. I was forewarned by other reviewers about the poor narration but I was hoping to prove them wrong. My husband listen to the books to keep him awake during long driving trips. But we had to turn off this book because he started to get drowsy.


    Any additional comments?

    Any future Mitch Rapp audiobook purchase much have Guidall for the narrator. I hope the powers that be will decide to redo the old audiobooks with Guidall. Otherwise, we will read them to fill in the blanks of the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Simply American Pa U.S.A. 11-04-12
    Simply American Pa U.S.A. 11-04-12 Member Since 2011

    Gijoe

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    "Poor Narration"
    What disappointed you about The Third Option?

    the narrator is terrable


    What other book might you compare The Third Option to and why?

    Transfer of Power because the narrator is also not George Guidell


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    George Guidell


    What character would you cut from The Third Option?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    George Guidell is Mitch Rapp even great narrators like John Lee or Chales Griffin could not pull off Mitch Rapp

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Schnebly Boise 08-27-12
    Connie Schnebly Boise 08-27-12 Member Since 2009

    You are the sum of what you read!

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    Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or Nick Sullivan?

    I liked this book until I got to the ending. I hate movies and books that don't tie up loose ends. It is an obvious ploy to force me to buy the next book to see how it ends. It's very disappointing end to an otherwise very good book. I did not like Nick Sullivan's voice at normal speed. I needed to listen to it at 1.5 speed. At that speed it was much better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a different narrator.


    Could you see The Third Option being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A different narrator would improve the listening pleasure of this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Sarasota, FL, United States 06-23-11
    Stephen Sarasota, FL, United States 06-23-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Rapp fans won't be disappointed"

    There are apparently three options to solve problems: political, military and covert operations. Mitch Rapp is the ultimate overt operator...although he leaves quite a wake of violence, death and destruction in his activities - hard to call it 'covert'. This is a story of a race between several cells of terrorists that plan to bomb different places along the east coast in a short period of time. It falls onto a combination of military, intelligence agents and Rapp to stop these bombs - did I mention they were nuclear bombs? The method of smuggling in the bombs was plausible as was the general terrorist plans..in fact, they were all to real given what happens in real life now....

    The book was first released in 2001 so it was eerie that some of the actions of the terrorists turn out to be close to what they do in real life.

    There's lot of action and everybody's rights get trampled as Rapp is hell bent on stopping an atomic bomb from going off in DC. Interesting story on line on how key people in the government are dispersed when DC is threatened.

    If you like action political thrillers and especially if you like Mitch Rapp - you will like this earlier offering by Vince Flynn.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Dawsonville, GA, United States 08-18-11
    Steve Dawsonville, GA, United States 08-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A good book ruined by the narrator"

    Another good one from the Mitch Rapp series. Unfortunately I could not enjoy this one as much as American Assassin, Memorial Day, or Third Option due to the girly voice of this narrator. It's just hard to hear Mitch Rapp, General Flood, or even Senator Clark in this guys voice. It really distracts you from the story...
    Oh, which is it Anna Reilly or Anna Riley? Little things like this grated on my nerves ...

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    James Chicago, IL, United States 07-19-11
    James Chicago, IL, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2002
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    "no part 3???!!"

    There must be a part 3 somewhere. It couldn't possibly end at the end of part 2. What gives, Audible?

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    KH Matthews, NC, United States 10-01-13
    KH Matthews, NC, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2005
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    "It is a good thing I read the book before"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Any other narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Nick Sullivan’s performance?

    When the end of the book said, Hope you have enjoyed listening to Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided to go back and "listen" to a few of the books in the Rapp series that I actually read first time through. It was a good thing I knew the story because if this was my first Audible book, I would have stopped halfway through.

    Top operatives like Mitch Rapp should not sound like an elementary school librarian that is scarred of dust mite. However, the worst part has to be the narrator's failure to correctly annunciate the major characters names. It is a good thing Vince created such good characters and a story that kept me hitting the play button on my iPhone. It was also interesting to hear/see how Vince developed as an author when comparing the dialog and story with some of his early works. He will be missed.

    Save the money, read the book on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Another great Mitch adventure"

    Another fast pace adventure for Mitch, found myself driving the long way home just to be in the car longer.

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