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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.
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.
If you like a good spy novel this whole series is for you. RIP Vince.Published 12 months ago by aslakeview
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 morePublished on Oct. 8 2013 by Laurie Marie Turcotte
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
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
ok I accidently read this after Executive Decision so I already knew the ending but I think this books sequal was much better. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Michael Allen Miller
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 morePublished on Aug. 7 2003
The "Third Option" refers to the options of fighting terrorism. The first: diplomacy. The second: war. The third option: targeted assasinations. Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by Michael Freeman