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Separation of Power (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Hardcover – Abridged, October 1, 2001
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Following up Vince Flynn’s The Third Option, this electrifying Mitch Rapp thriller delivers “first-class political intrigue from a master storyteller” (Booklist).
The confirmation of Dr. Irene Kennedy as the CIA’s new director explodes into chaos as a deadly inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the president’s term emerges. Meanwhile, as a dangerous world leader gains power in the nuclear arms race, Israel forces the president’s hand with a chilling ultimatum. With the specter of World War III looming, the president calls on top counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, who scours the alleys of Baghdad and the avenues of Washington for America’s enemies. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock—and impossible odds.
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- Publisher : Pocket Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 356 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0671047337
- ISBN-13 : 978-0671047337
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.12 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #374,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So as Rapp tries to determine where the leak has come from, another disturbing national emergency emerges…it seems that the Israeli Intelligence Group Mossad has uncovered the location of Saddam Hussein’s secret construction of nuclear weapons (this work was published in 2001, pre 9/11 and prior to the hunt, capture and execution of the Iraqi madman in 2006), directly under a hospital in Baghdad where the largest amount of collateral damage would ensue should the U.S. choose to strike.
With multiple and highly intriguing storylines that follow, it becomes amazing to the reader how Flynn balances each plotline: the Iraqi problem does in fact eventually converge with the plot to kill Mitch and of course Anna Reilly plays an important part, which adds another tone to the overall context of the story. The big thing that continues to impress me with Flynn’s novels is his ability to saturate the work with an amazingly high level of technical expertise that he’s clearly garnered from various sources while still making it fiendishly readable. I recall seeing Vince on a “Morning Joe” interview once for one of his later books and one of the commentators remarking that his books were “like crack cocaine!”
Whether it’s a criticism or not, the reader should be aware that this book ends very abruptly…all loose ends get tidied up efficiently which, of course, is the exact point of these series novels. This ending simply sets you up for the next work in the series, Executive Power, 2003, which I feel very challenged to engage upon completing this. My hesitation, of course, is that the next book will end just like this and It’ll put me on an unending course that won't end until I complete them all!
On a completely side note, I also realize what a tremendous loss the literary community suffered in 2013 with Vince’s passing. And with respect to Kyle Mills continuation of the Mitch Rapp series using Vince Flynn’s name, I was initially aghast that anyone would slander Vince or the Rapp character…my feeling, though, is that although I currently have no intention of reading anyone who would shamelessly exploit this brilliant author’s name, upon further review and as a proviso, when I near completion of the Vince series, I (who understands myself far too well) may very well find myself hopelessly addicted to Mitch's final outcome and I may very well fall into a shameful self-shallowness and pick up these objectifying efforts…all with tremendous guilt of course.
We shall see...in the meantime, though, I'm fairly satisfied that I've recognized the problem and I hope to rectify it one way or another before I confront the issue and have to face it again with the very same authorial exploiters of Tom Clancy's legacy. As for the actual Vince Flynn catalogue, I find them completely enjoyable and look forward to the next in the series.
Where this novel struggles is how disjointed the entire plot line feels and the inconsistency of his girlfriend, Anna, now becoming more nuisance than complement to the storyline. For the former, the previous novel went to great lengths to create a universe of antagonists working to undermine the things Mitch so strongly believes in. Rather than capitalizing on that setup, the first half this novel just rides it out on auto-pilot before ramping up for the second half. But even then, the ramp up almost seems to be making up for the wasted motion of the early pages and simply jumps all over the place and almost too conveniently at that. The "climactic mission" near the end is effectively a pointless throw-in that could have just as easily excluded our main character altogether without changing anything in the plot but was basically included to appease anyone that needs a gratuitous set of explosions (see Michael Bay) before the story can conclude.
For the latter, Anna's introduction in the first novel delivered a highly intelligent/strong-minded/sharp individual that resonated w/Mitch's otherwise hardened persona; however, over the course of the subsequent books, Anna regresses into a reactive teenager that simply does not fit the character she started out as nor someone you even care to see pages dedicated to as nothing about her aligns with Mitch and the overall plot. Anna is unfortunately marginalized into the equivalent of a small-town high school girlfriend who only understands her own bubble that Mitch married after graduation and stays with no matter how unhappy he is. Flynn did her, the novel, and its readers a disservice by removing all of the formidable qualities that initially made her so great!
This novel entertains and provides a good setup for what's to come, but it definitely leaves readers wanting based on what we have otherwise seen from the author. Looking forward to a return to form in the next one!
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Thomas Stansfield, the CIA Director is now dead and Dr Irene Kennedy is the new head of the CIA, the President Hayes (US President) has hidden enemies in Washington who are determined on bringing about his demise. Meanwhile the Israeli’s have discovered that Saddam Hussein is close to entering the Nuclear Arms race and they have given the US two weeks to deal with the problem, or they will take action themselves, which could see the start of World War 3. Mitch Rapp longs to retire from his role as America’s secret weapon against terrorism and live a normal life with Anna Reilly, but his reputation and unique skills see him dragged into destroying the nuclear weapons and also to find out who is behind the plotting against President Hayes.
Vince Flynn has created a character and a series which is a true rival to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. These are well written thrillers, packed with political intrigue and meticulously researched. Flynn clearly has an excellent grip of the field of intelligence and I would guess he has some well placed sources that provide him with his research material. The plot is fast paced and Separation of Power, like the previous Flynn books I have read, is extremely difficult to put down. If I were to level one criticism of Flynn, is that Rapp’s character’s credibility is stretched to the limit on a few occasions. I won’t spoil the plot, but the resolution of the Iraqi nuclear crisis had me cringing at times. The fact that Rapp casually won the Hawaii Ironman in his spare time, whilst defeating America’s enemies also had me smiling. That said, this is a common criticism of the genre and writers from Jack Higgins to Tom Clancy have also been guilty. I would urge readers to put any scepticism aside and enjoy Vince Flynn’s books for what they are, well written thrillers.
I was saddened to read about Vince Flynn’s passing away and his books will be missed, particularly as I know a little about how hard it was for him to initially break through. RIP Vince Flynn.
The field is a crowded one but there is no doubt that Mitch Rapp stands at the front of the bunch.