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)
I'm glad others enjoyed this book, but I was distracted by the quality of the writing. There were simply too many cliches. I wish I had made a list, but it's things like "postures" being "ramrod straight." I'm not even saying that phrase was in the book, but that's the kind of thing I am talking about. If I say "the water was infested with..." the response is "sharks." I listened to this book with my wife. She and I felt bombarded by this sort of thing. Reading is a sensitive activity and when the writing inadvertently calls attention to itself, there is a distraction and a break in the the magic. This was Flynn's first book in the series, and I think this author's writing improved greatly in later books. For us, though, the magic was broken so many times in Transfer of Power that we both lost interest in the story and the characters. The reader was no George Guidall; we found the narration adequate if not stirring. It was mostly the rather sophomoric writing that did us in. Flynn's editor let him down.
But my Goodness! I'm sure Nick Sullivan is a nice fellow, but his lifeless robotic performance took away tremendously from an otherwise great book. Please have this re-Read by someone who can do this story some justice!
is it too late so re-record this title with someone else?
I prefer George Guidell to this narrator, but the story is still captivating. I love Mitch Rapp and his Bad A... character.
All of Vince Flynn novels rock!
Nick Sullivan takes away from the story, because his different impersonations are weak at best...and terrible for the most part.
What a wonderfully well written book with great twists and fun characters. Mitch Rapp is an absolute stud and I highly recommend this one.
Anyone who actually knows how to pronounce the weapons used. That got old very quickly when he is calling the largest rifle in the world a small bow thing put in a girls hair! Learn your audience and learn your book please!
My first Mitch Rapp book and I have found a new character to follow!!! Love the plot twists.
This rather lengthy novel centers on an interesting (but implausible) hostage takeover of the White House. It is intriguing to hear about various secret rooms, tunnels, bunkers, and secret service policies, but it is more fun to to dissect the numerous awful security weaknesses detailed in the book. The Secret Service would prefer for some terrorist to think that security details are that bad. However, it is fiction, so what do you expect? Overall, I rate the plot and story as about average for this genre.
The narration by Nick Sullivan is quite irritating and over-done. Like too much salt or too much sugar. His exaggerated performance is more suitable for reading to elementary children. Quite a let down from the subtle and delectable narration of George Guidall. I barely finished the audible book, and doubt I will buy another book narrated by Nick Sullivan.
The first 4 hours of the book were slow. The main character wasn't too much involved
After the second half of the book . Once Mitch was part of the plot.
Wasn't as good the previous two narrators.
I don't know. This is my first try at CIA type novels.
He is just kinda boring. His voice is nerdy and he is a slow style reader. I prefer George Guidall. But Sullivan is not terrible so it's still worth listening to. Some of his characters are pretty good but the basic narration borderlines on annoying.
I love it when Rapp saves the girl from being raped by the terrorist. A very heroic and exciting scene for sure. He did it against orders and that's why Rapp rocks. He is his own man. Even though he is a killer he still has a conscience and a moral code. This part of the book says it all about the main character of the series.
The whole CIA/assassin type novel is new to me. I was hooked from the first few minutes of the first book in the series. I have decided to suffer through books 3, 4 & 5 with narrators who can't hang with Guidall. Mainly because I can't skip around a series. I have to read them in order. If I wasn't so OCD about that type of thing I would just skip right to book 6 with Guidall back as the narrator. He is a master narrator and by far the best of the best. But Sullivan does just a good enough job to make it ok to listen to. The main thing is the books are great and I highly recommend them if you like the whole secret agent thing.
Top 10, the story kept me wanted more, I couldn't stop listening.
So many, plus I don't want to give anything away. The whole book was great.
He was really good, different voices, well done.
Absolutely, I hate no being able to listening at work (so many interruptions), but as soon I was in my car so was Mitch Rapp.
I regret not buying this book before; I was influenced by the reviews that the new narrator was terrible and now that I have finished listening, I STRONGLY DISAGREE. Nick Sullivan was really, really good; yes, George Guidall was excellent, but Mr. Sullivan was great. If he had read the first two books I would have love him too. The story is great, love the characters. Can't wait to get my next credit to buy The Thrid Option + can't wait for the movie.
I loved the book and love Vince Flynn's books in general. It was a very distracting narration when the narrator cannot pronounce the name Reilly correctly though.
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