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)
When I ordered this Audible book I didn't realize it was only Flynn's second published novel.
The writing is filled with cliches and platitudes that I haven't noticed in his later works.
The first half was slow reading with unnecessary diversions that must have been intended to be character development.
The second half works much better with a lot more plot elements divulged and more action in general.
Apparently I am at odds with most reviewers since the work earned 4+ stars. Don't get me wrong, I really like Flynn's stuff. I just wonder if he too doesn't see the weakness in this novel since it took so long to make it to audio book status.
I look forward to comments from other readers....am I all wet?
I am ardent reader of black ops type suspense, and only recently ran across Vince Flynn's cast of characters revolving around Mitch Rapp.. If you enjoy this genre, Flynn will delight you. He grabs you in the first few pages, and never resorts to super human capabilities to resolve an obstacle. The only "reach" is perhaps how Mitch was recruited which is detailed in American Assassin. Flynn's series is not always written in chronological order. His plots are carefully planned to avoid putting at risk characters we know have survived for inclusion in future cases. I enjoy most of the top authors in this genre, but Flynn is easily in the top three in my view. He doesn't slip in excess political rhetoric like so many of his professional brethren. Mitch is exceptionally skilled, but his feats appear far more realistic and just as exciting as any other modern fiction black op action heros. His friends and cohorts are all on the realistic side, he has access to intelligence sources that are well known within this genre, but he doesn't have access to unrealistic computer programmers that can accomplish anything to resolve the plots challenges, or billionaire friends with access to any politician. Flynn has made him well rounded and challenged by the same things that challenge all of us from time to time: judgement, incompetence, weak willed leaders.
Transfer of Power is my 4th Rapp book, and in my view it's 2nd to American Assassin. Unlike the other three books, there's not as much character development except for what's necessary for the story. And like the other three books that I've read, Flynn's character development is brilliant, we learn each main character's proclivities and personalities through their actions keeping us fully engaged, but by the midpoint, we can easily anticipate how the each will respond- with valor, or self-interest, intelligence or stupidity, cunning or deceipt; and we feel pulled into the drama trying to help Rapp, his bosses, and his few friends best negotiate through both literal and figurative minefields to keep America safe.
Nick Sullivan was outstanding
Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.
Vince Flynn is a great story teller and Mitch Rapp is my hero. Love this series and love Vince Flynn. An action packed story.
I love these Vince Flynn novels. This is the original beginning of the Mitch Rapp series. Unfortunatly the reader is not the same as in the last 8 novels in this series. Still the book w/ the reader is worth knowing the story. I recommend it.
I'm still listening to the story, but I just wanted to warn people about how bad the narration is. Mr. Sullivan reads the text like he's delivering a newscast. Story is good.
The story good but not as good could've been as if George Guidall read it. As those us who own most of Rapp audiobooks Guidall is Rapp. This narrator had voice nice but when tried different characters it came out wrong.
CAD Engineer working in the high tech industry... Silicon Forest area... Long commute need great stories with great readers to keep me going
Vince Flynn knows how to write a spy thriller, he knows how to make charachters believeable and entertaining.... you love it right away and you are left wanting more...Mitch Rapp is a great charachter who deserves your time!
Get off the soapbox and just tell the story. This really is a good story, but the preachy diversions are high school level at best and they detract - significantly
As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.
I've listened to all the Mitch Rapp books and am re-purchasing / re-listening to the recently re-released first 4 books in unabridged format (originally the first 4 were abridged). Transfer of Power is absolutely incredible in the unabridged format, however, this Nick Sullivan narrator guy one of the worst audiobook readers I've ever listened to (and I've listened to alot of audiobooks). Part of the problem is that I'm used to George Guidall, the guy who read most of the Mitch Rapp books - and he is absolutely incredible. THis Nick guy is so bad I would have stopped listening to the book if I had not already listened to the abridged version and knew the book was fantastic. The guy draws his words out - reads s-l-o-w-l-y at times - very irritating. However, Vince Flynn books are so incredible - it's worth the agony of listening to this guy!
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