The Third Option Hardcover – Large Print, Aug 1 2004
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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very good book. Well written. Keeps you reading till the end.Published 22 days ago by Pierre Archambault
If you like a good spy novel this whole series is for you. RIP Vince.Published 15 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