On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly 100 hostages are taken.
Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism 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.
Hear Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top operative, battle global terrorism in more of Vince Flynn's political thrillers.
©1999 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Endless intrigue... Flynn mixes in a spicy broth of brutal terrorists, heroic commandos, and enough secret-agent hijinks to keep the confrontation bubbling until its flag-raising end." (Publishers Weekly)
"Transfer of Power emerges in its sense of authenticity, depth of research, and almost seamless dramatic scenario....One of Flynn's finest skills as an up-and-coming young master of the genre of political thrillers is his ability to create a cast of compelling characters." (Bookpage)
The story was gripping and fast paced, but the narration took away from the storyline.
The narrator's attempts at creating different voices for the characters seemed childish and poorly acted.
The book was worthy of buying other Mitch Rapp books read by George Guidall.
The narrator can make or break a book. In this case, it nearly ruined a good story.
Flynn is always entertaining, even if the story lines strain credulity. As pure escapism, his novels are spot on.
The narration was good, but some characters seemed more a caricature which detracted from the overall listen.
Mitch Rapp, of course, followed by Milt Adams.
Nope...just enjoyed the listen.
Bibliovore! I prefer science fiction and fantasy but I can get sucked into teen literature as well as a good mystery.
I read several previous reviews critique of Mr. Sullivan's narration and I concur. It is too slow and ponderous.
However, I found that if I switched the narration speed to 1.25X it clicked along quite nicely and rarely, if ever, did I find myself hating the narration.
He is no George Guidall, who could be? However, I'm sure it is ludicrous to assume that Mr. Guidall could narrate all the books, although that would be great.
Engaging contemporary intrigue
any of the Bourne Identity etc series
President's bedroom when Rapp killed terrorist who was going to rape Anna
No. The suspense wouldn't be there the second time.
Yes. Rapid pace of events in the book.
The siege of 1600
Wow, Great, HUH? The first 1/3 of this book was such a great listen I had given it five stars but as I continued listening I had to give it four.
The story is interesting from the start. The moment Anna and the "romance" stupidity kicked in my attention waivered. Even in the absence of Hurley ( one of my favorite characters in the Vince Flynn books) I was totally absorbed in the story but all I could think of was how Mitch be even remotely interested in this immature self absorbed girl/woman in this book? When he was younger he had the wisdom to choose Greta who was a total catch ,his equal,but now in the middle of this crisis to be thinking romance with this Anna??? Grrr. I know she ends up being his wife. I may have to skip the next couple of books until her run in the series is done. She is resilient but it sure doesn't make her likeable. Milt saved it for me. Without Hurley we needed someone and the Milt character was just right. He was fantastic.It was fun to be introduced for the first time to some of the characters we see again later on.Sadly I would have loved to see more of Dallas King's shortcomings be revealed but it was not meant to be.I felt there were a lot of loose ends around the night it all "comes down". I would have preferred more details about the chaos which may have been going on due to the bombs going off around the city and what was being done to manage the situation and less romance stuff.
Nick was great however George Guidall is second to none in his narrative of the MR series.
Home is not always a safe place even if your home is the White House.
I was ready to listen to the entire series in a row but as mentioned earlier I want to skips a few until Anna Matures....she is annoying. Went online to see who was being considered for different parts in the movie version of American Assassin and sadly it doesn't sound like the casting is on target. :( Hope they don't blow it. This series could be bigger than the Bourne series but not if it's cast poorly it will just end up being like the last Alex Cross movie...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
The plot is excellent and engaging
I loved the story and character development. The performance left me feeling dry as though the narrator was reading not performing.
How the main character, Mitch Rapp, conducts himself with determination and drive.
Using the retired White House staffer's knowledge to gain entry and move around within the White House.
When Rapp saves the reporter from being raped in the president's bedroom.
Yes, this is a very intriguing book that you will want to keep listening to.
I thought the book was very good, but I tinik the ending was a little weak. Overall, a very good read with a weak ending.
Can't say I had a favorite.
Wow, the narration was just fine, the other reviews were used to another narrator, but Nick Sullivan does a very good job.
The story was action packed and you got everyone's perspective. I felt like this character must have been the precursor to Jack Bauer and the 24 series, quite a similar feel - great nonetheless.
Can't wait to read/listen to book 2!
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