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Transfer of Power (3) (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2010
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America’s most powerful leader becomes its prime target, a “nightmarish” (Booklist) scenario made all-too-real in this Mitch Rapp thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn.
The stately calm of a Washington morning is shattered when a group of terrorists descends, killing dozens and taking nearly one hundred hostages as they massacre their way into the White House. The Secret Service evacuates the president to an underground bunker—and while officials argue over how to negotiate with the enemy, Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, moves stealthily among the hidden corridors and secret passageways of the executive mansion, to save the hostages before the terrorists reach the president. But another adversary—someone within Washington’s elite—is determined to see Rapp’s rescue mission fail.
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"Bookpage""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.
"Discus" Like "Term Limits, Transfer of Power" is a feverishly paced, ingeniously plotted political thriller that vivdly dramatizes a stunning premise. Filled with authentic technical details....it takes readers inside America's highest political and military circles while placing the president of the United States squarely in the line of terrorist fire.
"Pioneer Press" (St. Paul) Flynn knows how to deliver action in his novels, and "Transfer of Power" has all the earmarks of a story headed for the movie screen.
"Publishers Weekly" 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.
"Times Record News" (Wichita Falls, TX) A slick political thriller...moves at breakneck speed...you won't be able to put it down.
"Times Record News" (Wichita Falls, TX) Rapp is a most appealing hero. He's rugged, tough, and deadly on his quarry, but humane and sensitive when the situation requires it.
About the Author
- Publisher : Pocket Star; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 672 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439197032
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439197035
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.13 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #539,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've seen the movies Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down, and this was written years before these movies, and accords more details into the workings of several agencies (FBI, NSA, CIA, Secret Service), and those in the White House. Further, it details the layout of the White House, though Flynn changes things around for common sense reasons.
As other reviews have said, this is a Jason Bourne/James Bond type of genre, and Flynn alongside Brad Thor have done a great job of continuing this genre.
Rather than slow-playing the development of the character or even the plot itself, the novel immediately plunges into the thick of it, providing background on Mitch as well as other key characters via natural recalls during the course of the story. A distinguishing quality that sets the start of this series apart from many others in the genre is how well the author, Flynn, finds a balance in inflecting political complexities and undertones without going full on into civics lessons nor disrupting the pacing of the building thrill; it reads fast but maintains depth.
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On one level this book is utterly puerile. The premise of a Middle Eastern terrorist, posing as a completely unheard of Arab prince and getting an audience with the President of the USA in the Oval Office is just plain ludicrous. The rest of this 650 page book proceeds on the same level with our hero inevitably coming out on top in a finale that just really fizzles out.
I would have awarded one star but it’s actually pretty well written rubbish and moves the reader along at a fast pace. It’s a book to buy for a long haul flight, then use to balance the wonky desk leg in the hotel and leave in the lobbby when you check out. A great contribution to English literature it most certainly is not.
The book is fantastically written and has so much action to keep you enthralled without a ridiculous bodycount. It all is within a believable context so not farfetched at a great Pace.
It also gives you a good level of understanding of the chain of command and how the clandestine services work in the US without being dull.
Also if you want to know more about the white house and potus this is very informative like a guided tour with bad guys. I really recommend this book if you like jack reacher. Or Bourne type books.
So glad I did. The full, rich in detail character, surrounded by plausible story lines and more complete characters drive the Rapp stories to often a less than forgone conclusion.
If you watched Olympus has fallen at the cinema, that was nothing compared to this. Wonderful writing of 'real' characters.
Very highly recommended