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Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

Take another thrill ride with Mitch Rapp.
©2002 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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"First-class political intrigue from a master storyteller." (Booklist)

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  • Steve
  • Cedarburg, WI, United States
  • 06-21-11

Just could not finish it

Of the many books I've purchased, many of Vince Flynn's, this is the worst by a wide margin.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-19-16

Great espionage thriller with poor naration

Separation of Power is book 5 in Mitch Rapp's chronology, but was the 3rd Rapp novel in order written by Vince Flynn. It is a great novel which suffers from poor narration. I listened to the audiobook several years ago. I generally object to re-releases of audiobooks, but would welcome the three books in the Mitch Rapp series not narrated by George Guidall (Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power) being released again with Guidall narrating. Transfer of Power is the only really poorly narrated audiobook in the series.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Performance too dramatic

Love all Mitch Rapp books. Listened to all...but this narrator just doesn't match the personalities. Tolerable- but a too whiney Rapp is odd.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narration Made It Impossible to Finish

The narration is insufferable. All of the dialogue seems to be either yelled or whined. I find I cannot even finish this, and am disppointed that I wasted 4 hours and can't bear to listen to the remaining 9.

I have really enjoyed most of the previous books in this series, and I was really looking forward to diving in to this one. However, I neglected to read the reviews and check the narrator, which would have tipped me off to grab the paperback.

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  • Zana
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 08-31-13

Mitch Rapp does not YELL!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I wanted to finally finish the series after Vince Flynn's passing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mitch Rapp, of course

Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kilban’s performances?

NEVER. The man should have read the books in the series which preceded this one. If he had, he would have better understood that Mitch Rapp is the strong silent type. He doesn't yell, he doesn't talk for the sake of talking, and his strength is in his quiet resolve. I had to MAKE myself finish this listen, just to know what happened - but it was painful. Ken Kilban's words come out like machine-gun fire - loud and barking - no matter which character is speaking. In honor of Vince Flynn, the publisher should re-record this book with Guidall narrating

Did Separation of Power inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to never purchase anything narrated by Ken Kilban.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MMMM
  • Langhorne, PA United States
  • 06-29-13

Why hire this narrator?

Any additional comments?

All Mitch Rapp books are entertaining. Some amazing, and some great. But they all keep you entertained the whole way through. Vince Flynn does a great job to depict corruption in Politics that actually makes it fun to read rather then run for your life, like I do whenever it's re-election season in TV commercial world. This story is a bit different then the other 9 I've read from the Mitch Rapp series, where it has less action, but more deceptive plot thwarting. The thing that seriously made it unbearable even from the first few minutes, was the narrator. What the heck was the production company thinking hiring this guy? Was George Guidall on vacation? Even Nick Sullivan (who narrated two mitch rapp books was better). I seriously think this was a horrendous decision on everyone's part to hire Ken Kilban. Google Jack Palance and listen to how he adds an extra breath at the end of each sentence and word, and this ken guy, is 15x worse. I wonder if that's how he talks in real life? what a disaster. If you can power through, then the good news is atleast he only reads one of the books in the long series. He ruins Mitch's character. He ruin's Dr. Kennedy's character. I don't mind his voice for the whiny politicians, that actually seems to fit. But my biggest problem is with Vince Flynn approving of this guy, and the production company doing the same. Regardless, decent story with less action then mitch is used to. And a horrible narration job. The worst.

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  • Scott
  • Enterprise, OR, United States
  • 03-17-13

Rapp takes on Hussein

This is another solid book about CIA operator Mitch Rapp. Rapp along with his team of operators have to stop Hussein from building a nuke, and by the way he stills has to help fix things at home because a corrupt Senator is trying to his his boss (Kennedy) fired. I have enjoyed this series of books and am looking forward to one day Michael Bay or JJ Abrams creating the Rapp universe.

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  • Rick
  • Trussville, AL, United States
  • 05-18-12

Frequent Listener

Good book, continues the saga. Took me a while to get accustomed to Ken's voice versus George's. Like the story though, on to Executive Power!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Better Than You Think

I have to agree with many other reviewers about this narrator throwing you off if you're an old time fan who's gotten used to George Gidall. This narrator doesn't have that same deep strong voice and it really throws you off. I sort of eased into it by listening while doing dishes, and then doing some other chore, and a few days later I listened to it while driving my semi and by that time I was getting used to the voice and getting into the story. And this is a really good story...Although a bit dated after knowing what really happens to Saddam historically...But still good.

This reader is actually a good reader, but not for this series. If you haven't heard this series and got this on sale like I did, then I suggest you listen to this before trying out any of the other books in the series. To fresh ears this should come across pretty good....But to experienced listeners of the series...Bare with it and you should be able to accept the reading of a good story......After listening to this I started listening to another in the series I purchased that has George Gidall....Nice to hear the old standard...That's for sure...

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Not the strongest Rapp story

It's hard to tell if it's the totally inappropriate choice of narrator or a weaker than usual story, or both but it was hard to enjoy Separation of Power like I have most of the others in this great series.

I can say for certain that the narration was a big disappointment. The high pitched, nasally narration simply didn't do justice to the characters. After all, were talking about high-powered, testosterone filled men.

The story itself lacked the feeling and depth I've come to expect from Flynn. Fortunately, there are a lot of other books in this series, almost all of which are in my library, so I can go on to enjoy those again and again. But I don't think I'll be re-listening to this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful