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Vince Flynn , Armand Schultz
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April 12 2004

Vince Flynn's Blockbuster Bestseller At a New Low Price!

The Third Option
Read by Armand Schultz

CIA counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp falls prey to government forces with an agenda of their own. When Dr. Irene Kennedy is named the successor to dying CIA Director Thomas Stansfield -- many inside the world's most powerful intelligence agency are enraged. Her detractors resort to extreme measures to prevent her from taking the reins -- which makes Rapp an expendable asset. But Mitch Rapp is no one's pawn, and he will stop at nothing to find out who has set him up.


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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Third Option is First Rate June 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars this book has negatives and positives Oct. 23 2003
By drew
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average July 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline. June 19 2003
Format:Hardcover
The "Third Option" refers to the options of fighting terrorism. The first: diplomacy. The second: war. The third option: targeted assasinations.
In this novel, Mitch Rapp is part of an operation to assassinate a wealthy German who has been providing aid to Saddam Hussein. During the assassination, his two co-assassins turn on him, and leave him for dead at the scene (of course, he survives).
The rest of the book is Rapp's search to find out who was behind double-crossing him, and why.
This is the third book of Flynn's I have read. The others I don't think it's necessarily an issue if you read them "out of order," but in this case, I think you need to have read the others to really understand what's going on here. The order is thus: Term Limits, Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power.
As in his other books, the only complaints I really have about this book is the totally unnecessary vulgar language, and also the way he seems to end the book too abruptly. I won't spoil the story for other readers, but at the end of the book there is still a BIG loose end yet to be tied up. Maybe it'll happen in the next in the "series. . ."
This book was hard for me to put down. Lots of action, and accurate (as far as I know!) in its details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The drama continues
The Third Option is the fourth in the series and worth every second! The CIA's killing game continues, but it comes full circle back to Washington. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Laurie Marie Turcotte
4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Espionage Thriller
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2008 by Toni Osborne
2.0 out of 5 stars Mmm... you sure you wanna read this?
I got this book after reading "transfer of power" by the same author. What a disappointment. Skip this one, there are much better examples of the genre out there.
Published on May 13 2004 by Jorge F. M
2.0 out of 5 stars Mid Series
Not having read any of these before, this entry feels just like beginning a movie an hour into it. Passable action but does not really stand alone.
Published on April 16 2004 by John Bowes
4.0 out of 5 stars this isn't his best work
ok I accidently read this after Executive Decision so I already knew the ending but I think this books sequal was much better. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by M. A. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars A terrible letdown
Although many characters are stereotypes, plot and pacing got me hooked...until the end, which is a non-end. I was shocked that major issues were not resolved. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book with a couple of negatives!
Pretty good book. Uncovers the true bureaucracy going on in Washington. The author is a pretty good fantasizer. Nice work. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by M. Neuman
2.0 out of 5 stars Some improvement
yet another Flynn book... He has gotten better at dialogue and making the plot tighter, but weaknesses remain. Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by P. Bratton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real World Setting for Action, Action and more Action
To repeat what others have said, buy this book! If you're a James Bond fan, this is the real world senario with real people version of those special effects films. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by kwaichang
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