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)
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 guess I'm in the minority here. This is an excellent book. Altougth we're all used to George Guildal, I think Nick Sullivan did a good job.If you are a Vince Flynn Enthusiast you will love this one.
I read several reviews prior to selecting this book that said the reader was far short of top notch. I found the book to be very enjoyable and the reader everything I expected.
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.
I'm a narrator for Audible and a lover of recorded fiction in the mystery/thriller genre. A great book needs a great narrator.
No, I thought the story had it's moments and I did finish the book but I found the narrator's voice a bit annoying especially on the female characters. He was, however, technically professional with good pacing and sustained energy.
The technical descriptions of military hardware and weapons. Least interesting was the improbable thesis of the story, it stretched the imagination beyond good fiction.
Energetic, Weak, Nasal,
I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
Not really. This book was rather predictable and the same story has been rehashed numerous times.
Leave this kind of thing to James Bond.
He was not the worst narrator I've heard though he screwed up some pronunciations. I think people yabber on too much about the reader of the later books. He might be better indeed but if you've never heard him this guy is not that bad.
Terrorists want to destroy everything and only one man can stop them, but only if everyone will get out of his way! Has this movie not been made already? Call Clint Eastwood.
Clearly I was disappointed. It wasn't a great book. They might get better but after this tragic replay of the same old same old I'm not going to bother finding out.
I like this book and this series. However, in part 1 of the book either the writer, the editor, the person who prepared it for the narrator, or the narrator couldn't decide if the Vice President was male or female. The pronoun changed used for the VP started out as he, shifted to she, and finally became he again. Soon after the pronoun was corrected the story itself actually verified the gender of the VP in the book. It was very distracting.
If you're a big Mitch Rapp fan like myself then you might have the whole series too. Like myself you might have picked books by content and being on sale so you never really went in order. That was the case with this book. I passed this book up because of so many negative reviews because of a different reader. However I'm glad I finally picked it up because it filled in a lot of blanks to the on going series and now I also know how he met the reporter....
For all those who seem to have totally concentrated on a different performer rather than the book....Listen through and concentrate on the book...It's actually pretty good.
I've listened to this and one other read by someone other than George Gidal. The other author really didn't have a strong enough presence so that one really took some to get past the reading, but in time I did. This performer was much stronger and really wasn't all that bad with utilizing different personas for each character. I totally got past the fact that it was a different reader within ten minutes or so and really enjoyed the book.
One thing that's consistant with Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp....There's always two sets of bad guys. One set is the terrorists who Mitch Rapp loves to kill, and the other is Washington politicians who Mitch would love to kill, but usually doesn't. As usual there some poiticians and advisors who through their own actions are making things worse. I like the way these books always seem to have a two point attack on the missions, It makes for a lot of fun wondering how he's going to manage.
If you are a fan, but have stayed away from this one because of the negative comments about the reader. I'm glad I finally checked it out to find it really wasn't as bad as some who only consider Gidal as the one and only performer for the Mitch Rapp series....
Tell us about yourself!
Story up to the usual standard by Vince. I was put off purchasing for quite a while by comments about the narrator, but in the end it did not detract from a thrilling ride.... I should have listened to it earlier!
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