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 could listen again. I know I missed something.
I wanted to listen in one day, but I had to sleep sometime.
A believable story, which this wasn't, and a reader that was listenable.
Not the genre, just the combination of Mr. Hill & Mr. Sullivan. My own personal opinion is that Mr. Hill had someone else write it or he was kidnapped and held hostage (just kidding... but that's how it appears) and that George Guidall read the book and didn't want anything to do with it (& I don't blame him).
It's that bad and that stupid. You can't have a book with a specific time frame to have significant world events that did not happen. period!
Nothing. Although given the story, no one could make it better.
The whole premise is wrong!
A waste of a credit.
Just finished my first Vince Flynn book, "Transfer Of Power" and I was not disappointed. I have always been a huge Tom Clancy and I feared this might have been considered cheating on him. Having said that, I am still solidly in the Clancy Camp. As for heros I am confident that John Clark could kick Mitch Rapp's ass. And in regards to narration Nick Sullivan is NO Scott Brick. Regardless this is a fun read (listen) the proverbial page turner.
The story is fantastic. Flynn does his standard excellent job deepening the plot and describing every detail. It's amazing how I felt I was actually watching it as a movie or a bystander watching in real life.
All Flynn / Rapp books are excellent and carry the same themes. Don't let the narrator comments about Sullivan vs. Guidall push you away. They both do an excellent job and I prefer Sullivan over Guidall due octave and tone ranges.I have read a lot of Flynn books and his details and research are on top. This book in particular makes you feel like you are walking around in the White House with these people.
Sullivan did a FANTASTIC job narrating this story. I read a lot of reviews where people ripped him when comparing to Guidall. This simply is NOT accurate. There is NO comparison. Both are good, but Sullivan has a much WIDER range of pitch, tone, octaves and voice levels to cover all the characters of this book.
When listening to Sullivan narrate, I instantly knew what character he was speaking of before he said their names. With Guidall this is a bit harder since his voice is so deep and raspy. He can't narrate woman voices as well as Sullivan. Case in point: listen to Sullivan when he does the voice of Dallas, VP Chief of Staff. Wow, you know that voice when he does it. The voices of the President and VP are very discernible and you know how much a prick the VP is by his voice.
All women voices are done incredibly well. Sullivan also does the female voices incredibly well. Guidall just doesn't have this range of tones that Sullivan has. I know this because I have heard both do Flynn - Rapp books. Although they are both good narrators, don't let the nay sayers dissuade you from this or any other Sullivan narrated. It is EXCELLENT. Sullivan does a very fine job!
The ending was a bit rushed. I felt like an entire chapter was missing from when the White House burns to the ground to when the President is shown viewing the wreckage to Dallas talking to the VP. There needed to be more of a bridge to these two chapters.The epilogue actually closes out the book with Fareek and this should have been expanded a bit and put in the book as a final chapter with the epilogue having something a bit different, maybe an expansion of the love story with Rapp and the reporter.Flynn does this a lot with his books, he shuts them down very quickly at the end. It's like he runs out of paper....he ends it a bit too quickly for me, but still a fantastic story and I know anyone who likes spy novels will love this story.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature
Unfortunately, I must concur with all the other reviewers who complain about the narrator. Sullivan marred a perfectly good story with voice acting so poor that it was painful. The at times robotic and others whiny and nasal, and sometimes just plain clumsy, breaking....sentences at places...that made no sense.
Unless you're a true fan of Vince Flynn, I have to suggest you avoid this audiobook - it simply doesn't do justice to the writing.
Note to Audible - you hurt your reputation and that of the author by allowing such unfortunate narrations. You would greatly benefit from re-recording this book with the master who narrated the other Flynn novels - George Guidall.
A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
A little unbelievable at times, as the White House is taken by hostages by simply driving up and knocking on the door, and people in charge are taking naps and going for a jog while 76 hostages including the president are being held, but all in all an enjoyable listen, and worth the credit.
I usually don't but this is a fun book and series so I just might after I get through them all and start off with American Assassin the next time around.
I can't think of a specific book to compare this to, but as far as style of the book dealing with spec ops, covert intel and terrorist plots, I'd recommend the Sigma Force series from James Rollins. Or any of the Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan series.
He started off pretty dry, but mid way he picked it up and made it a pretty decent listen. So I'd give him another try.
I'm always on the search for good audiobook series, and the start of this series didn't disappoint. After being in the military, I enjoy listening to books that involve our fight with terrorists, especially books that involve our special operations units. This one was a lot of fun and Mitch Rapp is as cool as and iceberg in the Arctic and doesn't take any BS from the bureaucrats or the bad guys. He just wants to be let loose and get the job done and bypass all the bull and the idiots in suits in DC that don't have a clue that we are at war and stop thinking of how they can cover their sorry butts for the next election! I'm glad there are 12 of these books and hope Vince Flynn keeps em coming. I like a good series of books with characters that I wan't to keep up with. These books are a great get away from the boredom, and I like that the author has done his research and thrown in some realism when it comes to some of the equipment and tactics that both the bad guys and our boys use.
First off, I thought Nick Sullivan did a fine job. I don't quite understand all the criticism of his narration. I will say his pronunciation of Barrett was a little distracting though. I would have given it 5 stars, but I thought after all the well developed drama, the ending was a little hurried.
What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".
I was fortunate to have read American Assassin first, i was familiar with the character. I would recommend to anyone do the same. That book is good too.
That i found myself cursing, laughing, and i actually got so nervous i turned it off once just to gather myself. That ladies and gents is what I call, a Good book. I could not wait to give a review.
The satisfaction at the end, the moment of recognition. hard work pays off sometimes.
one Man, one Mission, one bullet....
From now on I will disregard any reviewers that complain about narrators. I was so afraid to buy this book that most said was crap. Talking guy did a fine job in my opinion, and the story was great. If u want better production, buy a movie, close ur eyes and listen to them. clear voice and a good story is all you are gonna get with this one. Just one guys opinion.
The narrator is unlistenable. He hyper-pronunciates (aviator is read as AV EE AYE TOR) and doesn't bring the story to life. I wish I had checked the reviews before I bought it.
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