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)
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...Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counter-terrorism 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. -Publisher's snippet.
If the above snippet seems vague or out of context, that's because it is. I cut off two preceding sentences intentionally. They contain the premise of the novel...but in a little more detail than I'd like to post. Not really a spoiler, per se, but if other readers are like me...they sometimes enjoy going into a story as blind as possible. Besides, it's easy enough to find a synopsis on the internet machine, no?
What we get from this audio book is the meat and potatoes of what makes up a Mitch Rapp thriller. This formula (and I use that term loosely) is present throughout most of the rest of the series. And I don't mean that in a bad way. You can count on Flynn to provide all the staples of a good novel and then some. His knowledge of military tech and procedures is detailed and particularly noteworthy. The tension he creates within the dichotomy of covert action vs. political intrigue will find you always waiting for the other shoe to drop. There is always a rich cast of characters present, and contrary to many other novels of this ilk, they are mostly all useful or interesting in some way. There are far too many novels out there that lack this vital trait. An interesting bad guy (or guys in this case) is essential, and I find that I always get my fill of nasty buggers that I'd like to strangle in Vince Flynn's novels.
Unfortunately, George Guidall (whose work is excellent) hadn't yet signed up to narrate this series when Transfer of Power was released in 1999. In his place, we get Nick Sullivan. I gotta tell you, these two narrators are worlds apart. Sadly, Sullivan just doesn't quite cut it for me and his performance is the sole reason I deducted one star from my rating. Not only is his voice fairly boring, he sounds very rigid. His enunciation is an-noy-ing to the point that I'm wondering if I'm suffering from Misophonia.Thankfully, Transfer of Power's pluses far outweigh the minuses, otherwise I would have rated this audio book 3/5 stars purely for the lackluster narration.
I very much enjoyed the story, it progressed at a good pace and took twists that I didn't always see coming.
Listening to the narrator's sometimes awkward enunciation was sometimes a little off-putting. After the first few chapters he seemed to fall into the characters a little more and I got a little more used to his voice.
I will definitely listen again, not the best of the series (that I've heard) but I don't regret the purchase.
As others have stated, the narration by Sullivan leaves a lot to be desired. The story is classic Flynn, and keeps you engaged enough to put up with the narration.
Rapp is one cool character. Good cast. Politicians are all the same. I wish they all got their comupets as some did here. Excellent story.
Narrator Nick Sullivan single handidly destroys all possible enjoyment of listening to this great book with his nasal monotone voice. Listening to nick is utterly unbearable. All Vince Flynn books narrated by George Guidall are awesome, as George is the best. i had to return the audiobook and listen to the abridged version narrated by Daniel Oreskes, whom i've never heard before.
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