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)
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.
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.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Vince Flynn wrote Term Limits and self published it in 1997 after being turned down again and again by publishers. He never had to worry about publishers acceptance again!. The protagonist of Term Limits was us congressman Michael O'Rourke.
Transfer of Power, published in 1999, is the first novel written in the great Mitch Rapp series, but is Book 3 in Mitch Rapp's chronology. It begins what is doubtless the greatest espionage thriller series ever written. Just get the audiobook!
Term Limits and the first three Mitch Rapp novels (#3, 4, and 5 in the Rapp series) are the only of Vince Flynn's audiobooks not narrated by the wonderful George Guidall. All 4 of those books suffer from less than outstanding narration.
Excellent thrilling story. I couldn't stop listening to and reading the book.
Vince Flynn does an excellent job trying to keep the story as real and believable as possible.
A lot of people have slammed Nick Sullivan on this book. I don't agree with them. George Guidall gave excellent performances on other Mitch Rapp books, but Nick did a very good job reading this.
I was able to clearly understand what he was saying and the character voices were different enough in most cases to know which character was speaking. Some character voices (such as King) were annoying and Stansfield sounded like he was about to croak. But, again, it was a very good performance.
To be honest, I couldn't stand George Guidall's voice the first time I heard him reading the prequel book. I warmed up to his voice after the 1st chapter or so though.
Nick Sullivan obviously has a difference voice, so the characters will sound different. That's all.
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.
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
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.
"A trifle predictable but loved it non the less"
You know what's coming when Mitch is around but who cares. Exciting And engaging characters and plot, maybe a bit rushed at the end but a satisfying big read (listen).
"Kept me listening"
probably, as it is an entertaining romp.
Mitch Rapp, as he is a free spirited, authority hating hero who acts first and gets permission later, if he can be bothered.
i haven't listened to any of Nick Sullivan's other performances, so can't compare this to anything else, but I found it enjoyable.
it spdidnt make me laugh or cry, but occasionally it made me want to skip a few pages as there was too much detail between starting and finishing a piece of action.
an intriguing story that could have had a bit more depth of characters and a bit less detail at times. I would have liked to see more of the Attorney General, she was a character you love to hate and would have made a worthy opponent. She was written out too hastily and superficially for my liking.
"Mitch Rapp does it again!"
Continuing the Mitch Rapp story line
Jack Reacher series is similar. Action adventure and general content.
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