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've read just about all of the Vince Flynn books. Transfer of Power was one of my favorites. Mitch Rapp at his best. My only complaint is the narration. Nick Sullivan's version of Rapp's voice doesn't come close to how Flynn presents him in the stories. They need to use George Guidall. He does a great job and his voices match the character being portrayed in the book.
Love the Mitch Rapp series, but I gotta say I'm not happy with this book released in unabridged format with a narrator other than George Guidall. The book is well written, but the point of an audio book is to enjoy a performance. Otherwise, I could just actually sit down and read the darn thing. I don't mean to be snippy, but Nick Sullivan just doesn't do it for me or the book. I've waited a long time for some of the older books to be released in unabridged formats, but I don't think I'm going to be purchasing any of the other ones narrated by Sullivan. Just not very captivating considering the character that he's trying to portray.
BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) I had previously passed on the first 5 Vince Flynn novels because Audible did not have them in an Unabridged format. When I saw they did I jumped on the opportunity and this book did not disappoint. It's no surprise that Mitch Rapp has been such a huge success for Flynn because this was a great start to the series.
Plot: If you've read/listened to any Flynn books this does not deviate from the standard. Middle Eastern terrorists have taken over the White House and with the President locked inside one of the WH safe rooms the fate of all the individuals trapped inside is riding on the shoulders of an incompetent Vice President who's sole concern is getting elected as POTUS once the crisis is over. With heads butting between the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and Military this book has it all as they race against time to save the President and minimize hostage casualties.
Narrator: Not a bad performance, but unfortunately I've been spoiled by Mr. George Guidall, who narrates the last 7 books in the series. As with most audio books there are several mispronunciations of military terms, the only major one is; the snipers use a .50 cal Barret (pronounced BEAR-et - NOT - "barrette" - like for your hair). Not a big deal but a weapon that can reach out and touch someone a mile away should be given it's proper pronunciation! 8-)
Vince Flynn is hands down one of my three favorite authors. I consume his books like a hungry man waiting for his next meal. As the character of Mitch Rapp has developed over the years, we have all become familiar with his pragmatic patriotic views of life. He is the man many of us wish we could be or would be if we could. Our familiarity with Rapp is encoded in the consistency of his behavior and in the sound of his voice.
I have no idea if Vince Flynn envisioned Rapp sounding like George Guidall, but once he did and once we all connected with the master spy, the partnership between the Flynn and Guidall was forged in the mind of the listener forever.
As I said, I love Vince Flynn's writing style and I love his development of the Mitch Rapp Series. I am so pleased that we are finally getting full unabridged versions of his earlier work. But, serving up my long awaited next Mitch Rapp Book without the voices of George Guidall is like serving a hungry man dinner without a plate or silverware. I will eat because I am hungry, but I will remember when I enjoyed a fine dining experience and long for better times with each and every bite!
Vince Flynn gets 5 stars for his writing but the Nick Sullivan gets 3 stars for his [occasional robotic] reading = 4 stars.
If you're familiar with Vince Flynn's books and George Guidall as reader, you will be VERY disappointed. If you have nothing to compare it too, then maybe. Sullivan's style misses the mark. I tried, really tried to listen but couldn't - and I'm a big fan of Flynn.
When Sullivan wasn't speaking.
Go back to original review format. These questions are silly and stupid.
After one hour of listening, I just couldn't do any more. The narration is just awful. I couldn't keep up with the story for the voice getting in the way. It was like listening to a work training tape. Oh my.
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 haven't heard the other narrator to make a comparison, but this book was a good listen, and I could not turn off my ipod even during dinner. The only thing annoying was this narrator's pronunciation of Arabic names,... but ... who cares! I give it my two thumbs up.
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.
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.
"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
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