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 is one of the best Rapp novels ever...and I've listened to and read nearly all of them. The narration is awful. Besides some of the complaints that the narrator just doesn't do the voices well, I can be forgiving of that, the issue I have is that Sullivan is so out of touch with the story line that he doesn't even pronounce the words correctly. Example: Anna Really?...How about Anna Reilly (Rye-Lie) or how about that famous .50 cal sniper rifle the Barett (Sullivan: Bar-Ette - like you wear in your hair), instead of the Barett (Bear-Ett). Little things like that drove me crazy all through the book...luckly the story was so good, I kept listening.
Although I'm a devoted fan of Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp, I must admit I found the voice of Nick Sullivan to be annoying and poorly engaging. I almost stopped listening. Many of the characters sound like Smithers from "The Simpsons".
George Guidall does a much better job.
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Another great book in the Mitch Rapp series. Non-stop from start to finish with twists and turns coming out of nowhere. The characters are rather straight forward but engaging. If you’re looking for a fun read I highly recommend ‘Transfer of Power’
Mr Sullivan does a great job bringing all the characters to life.
Pay the extra dollars and go back to Guidall. Sullivan just doesn't cut it. I enjoy the books in the series, but only those read by Guidall.
Can't stop listening
Hooked on Mich Rapp
Nothing to wirte home about
Shouldn't attempt femaie voices which is a problem with most male voice actors. Also word pronouncation needs improvement, again a problem with most readers attempting to be actors who don't research their subject matter thereby screwing pronouncing words that aren't necessarily in common usage.
In spite of the above criticism can't beat Mich Rapp for excitment. Vince Flynn does his research.
but the second half is exciting, engaging, and felt good at the end.
A lot of the story is cliched characters - done too many times before and predictable. The Vice President had no brains and followed whatever his smarmy chief of staff (Dallas King) told him to do. Dallas made all decisions based on polls, public opinion, and future election possibilities rather than something intelligent. Those parts pulled the story down - made it drag.
The bad guy was evil in all ways - and then lucky when things went wrong. I was annoyed with how easily he got away. His actions have been done before, nothing special or different.
But, the parts with Mitch Rapp were excellent fun. The last half was best, when Mitch was making decisions and taking action. Mitch is the smart, effective, undercover guy. His physical description - he won the triathlete Ironman competition.
A few times the author annoyed me with too much jumping around in the middle of crisis scenes. I’d prefer some of them completed rather than interrupted. For example, a good guy is secretly doing something near a bad guy. Then the scene switches to military leaders elsewhere discussing what to do. The author was artificially drawing out suspense. Not all of this was bad, but when I get mad at the author and think about the author in the middle of a story, then it’s not good.
The ending was rushed. I wanted more development of things.
I had trouble deciding between 3 and 4 stars. I finally went with 3 because I don’t have any desire to read more in the series. This was a tough call, because the last half was clearly 4 stars.
The narrator Nick Sullivan was good.
Genre: action suspense thriller, terrorist
I enjoy this series of books, the characters, and the story twists, but Nick Sullivan is by far the worst dramatic narrator I've heard. He's developed terrible ( and superficially stereotyped ) voices, without much understanding of the storyline, and no acting ability. It's very tough to listen through. He may be good with non-fiction, non-dramatic narration, but not here. I'm not looking forward to the next book.
the narrator mispronounced Reilly's name the entire time as "really." has he never heard of Irish? if she was a minor character it would be forgivable, but she is a major character.
I would recommend the book, but the narrator sucked. He sounded like he was a robot. They should've never changed narrators. Mr. Guidal was fantastic and he kept me interested in the book series.
He sounded like he was a robot. He hardly used voice inflection and could hardly tell the difference between characters.
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