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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (April 12 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743537742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743537742
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,314,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rancorous political infighting surrounds the selection of a successor to the dying head of the CIA just as Mitch Rapp, the agency's top operative, embarks on a dangerous mission to take out a well-known German industrialist believed to be supplying Middle East terrorists with highly sensitive equipment critical to constructing a nuclear bomb. When Rapp's ultimately successful mission is compromised from within, ailing CIA director Thomas Stansfield puts his imprimatur on the efforts of his chosen successor, Irene Kennedy, director of the agency's Counterterrorism Center, to identify the powerful interests both inside and outside the agency that wanted Rapp to fail.

The motive soon becomes clear; there are people who'll stop at nothing to remove Kennedy from the helm of the agency after Stansfield dies. One thing they didn't count on was Rapp's survival, and now he's a lethal weapon whose sights are fixed directly on the most powerful among them. This is a strong, swift thriller, a bit predictable (the senator in the black hat has dogs named Caesar and Brutus) but nonetheless involving. Author Vince Flynn sustains the dramatic tension from the opening paragraph to the last; in Mitch Rapp, he's got the makings of a promising series hero. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A CIA counterterrorist gets caught in the middle of a deadly Beltway power play in Flynn's (Balance of Power) latest political thriller. Long on one-dimensional characters, action scenes and espionage details, it falls short on comprehensible plotting. Battle-scarred protagonist Mitch Rapp returns to take on a sensitive new assignment in Europe, only to have things go awry when his two CIA colleagues turn on him following the assassination of a wealthy German count who has been selling arms to Saddam Hussein. Rapp survives their double-dealing, but he is forced to go underground to decipher the labyrinthine chain of political connections and to learn who was trying to have him killed. Back in Washington, a similar game of spy-versus-spy is being conducted by the elderly, dying director of the CIA and his chosen successor. Rapp eventually surfaces to help his bosses, but things get personal for the ace counterterrorist when Rapp's bride-to-be is kidnapped as part of the ongoing political maneuvers. Flynn sweats the small stuff to bring his conspiracy to life, but he also introduces enough secondary characters to populate two novels, and he frequently stalls the narrative momentum by providing an overwhelming level of detail regarding various high-tech gadgets and espionage operations. The biggest disappointment, though, comes at the end, when the book is exposed as a shameless setup for a sequel. Flynn is a popular writer, but his third thriller won't do much to enhance his critical reputation or his sales. 9-city author tour. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 19 2008
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CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is sent to Germany to assassinate a wealthy industrialist supplying Saddam Hussein with equipment needed to rebuild Iraqi nuclear arsenal. During the attempt, the plan goes terribly wrong when his two CIA colleagues turn on him and try to kill him but fail. Injured, he escapes and returns to the US where his goal is to figure out who is behind the attempt on his life.

Back in Washington, Mitch finds multiple conspiracies involving congressmen, senators, the secretary of state, the president and hired hit men. When his girlfriend is kidnapped, Mitch vows to kill everyone involved, even if it means infiltrating the Hall of Congress and the White House...

This is a sequel to "Transfer of Power" a short synopsis brings you up to speed."The Third Option" is a powerful political espionage thriller that will keep you interested till the last page, leaving you with an addiction to other novels in the series. It is a captivating narrative about the inner workings of the CIA and the chilling world of terrorism. You bond with the characters from the start. If you are a fan of political maneuvering and like non stop action, this book delivers, very entertaining read.
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Despite previous warnings, a German Count continues to secretly aid Saddam Hussein. Diplomacy has failed to cease this activity and sending the military into a foreign country is not a consideration. There is only one way to put an end to this exchange. The President exercises the third option and sends counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to be sure the Count doesn't do this, or anything else, ever again. While on this highly-secretive mission, Rapp is double-crossed by the team who is suppose to be working with him. Unsure of who set him up, Rapp can trust no one and must find who betrayed him and why.
Using his well-honed survival skills, he eludes capture and returns to the US to put the pieces back together. He clears gravely-ill CIA Director Thomas Stansfield and his presumptive successor Dr. Irene Kennedy of any wrong-doing in the Germany fiasco and forges a plan to work back up the conspirator's chain to find the duplicitous soul. In an attempt to eliminate any link between himself and the events in the German chateau, Senator Hank Clark is erasing anyone who was involved. Rapp must find one of the henchmen alive before the trail goes cold.
I found this book to be remarkably different from the first Rapp book, Transfer of Power. Third Option replaces some of the action with a greater degree of suspense, intrigue, and emotion. Rapp's girlfriend, Anna Rielly, plays a greater role in the emotional storyline and is the root cause of inner-conflict for Rapp. His codename is Ironman for his ability to be a one-man killing machine, but their burgeoning relationship puts him in a dilemma which he must resolve.
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From the beggining you are enticed into a growing plot with "IRON MAN". Another book with a supposedly "normal" himan being .If this book is so realistic as some would say.Then why is he perfect, at least give him some sort of defect Mr. Flynn. There is no human alive with such mind boggling talents. I was expecting him to possess at least one defect.
This book was to fantasy for my taste. If you like SCI-Fi fantasy political thrillers it would be your book. This book was to my satifaction addicting. It did not possess brilliant writing or a realistic plot. Lacking so much you must think why im giving it a 3 on 5. I gave it 3 stars because he wrote the book so you could relate to rapp's pursuit of the people who wrongly acused him. In my mind the ending just made the mediocre novel worse. I did not pay for no ending. Some would say greed is the right term for such madness. Others would say it was a cliff hanger. I did not pay money so I could read a cliff hanger novel. I hope this review informed the people of the world.
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By Skvoznyak on July 12 2003
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I've read all five of Mr. Flynn's books, and would rate this one as fourth on the list, but it's still a great read - Flynn is a great suspense / action writer. Even the fifth on my list of his five, which happens to be his most recent novel, is a really good read.
Much of what I would say about this book and the Mitch Rapp character has been covered by other reviewers, but I must add this: do NOT read "Separation of Power" before this one. "Separation of Power" is somewhat better than this book, but is clearly "part two." This is "part one" of a "to be continued" - it stands up well om its own, but if you read "Separation of Power" before this one, you'll kick yourself for weeks.
If you want to know whether this book and "Separation of Power" are worth your while, just pick up Flynn's second novel, "Transfer of Power." You'll likely be hooked very quickly. After "Transfer of Power," don't forget the required order - read this book and then "Separation of Power."
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