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The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)

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"When diplomacy has failed and military intervention is deemed inappropriate, our leaders often turn to a silent and dark community for results. This is a course of action not always taken by wise and honorable men. In certain circles it is known as"THE THIRD OPTION

Fresh from retaking a battle-scarred White House after a vicious terrorist attack on the president, Mitch Rap
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Published November 1st 2000 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published October 31st 2000)
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James Thane
As a general rule, I often enjoy movies about super-stud, kick-ass spies like James Bond or Jason Bourne, who are often caught up in labyrinthian plots where everyone is betraying everyone else and you never know who to trust. But for whatever reason, I've never been very fond of books about these sorts of characters. The characters often seem very one-dimensional and the plots are so completely over the top that I just can't suspend disbelief long enough to spend three or four hours reading the ...more
Jun 25, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller fans
I often ask myself what is it that I enjoy about the "Mitch Rapp" series by Vince Flynn. I read these books in two or three days and feel like I've just had a proverbial Chinese meal two hours after which I'm hungry again. I guess I just flat out enjoy the simple good versus evil plotting and the predictability of knowing Rapp will win out in the end, no matter how impossible his situation seems.

In this volume, Rapp is bedeviled by political operators with an agenda that is not necessarily in t
Paul O'Neill
Dec 08, 2015 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!! Very well written. This is the closest you'll get to 24. Flew through this and can't wait to start the next one.
Abridged. Ugh. I hate it when that's not well displayed. This sort of book doesn't abridge well. It just makes all the tropes that much more obvious & this series has enough trouble with those anyway. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun action series, but that's all it is. There's never a real twist, just the hero doing heroic things & rising from the sewage where he's landed into the presidential rose garden one time after another. Abridging it turns it into a comic book.
Dec 16, 2007 Marcie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This second Mitch Rapp novel has got serious, annoying problems.

3rd Option – I did not like this 3rd book in the series. Anna, who has become Mitch's love interest, is an idiot and gets herself taken by the bad guys. Mitch wants to quit and marry her. This whole idea of Mitch in a real romance does not work for me. Bad guy Sen. Hank Clark gets away in the end. Flynn tries to connect all the people in previous books, like a dumb romance novel. Recurring character Scott Coleman assists him, Dumond
May 07, 2014 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great addition to the Mitch Rapp series. It was a little hard to follow for a while and I was quite lost, but after a few chapters it started to pick up the pace. In The Third Option Flynn shows us more of his political views, which I found intriguing.

I'm guessing that Separation of Power, the next book in the series will pick up where The Third Option left off. I'm taking a short break from the Mitch Rapp series because I've read the first 4 books in a row and I don't want to get burnouts, H
Jun 18, 2013 Zoeytron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bond would probably kill to get his hands on Mitch Rapp's custom-made leather overcoat. Weighing in at 23 pounds, it has all manner of hidden compartments and pockets that house extra passports, money in various currencies, an encrypted radio, weapons, extra ammo, a speaker and microphone cunningly sewn into the lapel, and more. Bond wouldn't stand a chance against Mitch Rapp, of course. The overcoat stays with our guy, thank you very much.

The third option refers to a covert operation, as
Rick Fisher
Feb 08, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second novel in the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, "The Third Option", finds our hero at the center of a political plot wrought by those who walk the hallowed halls of American government. After an undercover mission in Germany goes seriously wrong, with Mitch ending up on the wrong end of several bullets, he must traverse the secretive world of politics to find out who set him up and why.
Another great story by Mr Flynn. This is another awesome entry in this series. The plot is detailed
Oct 27, 2015 Ashish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Flynn's first three books, American Assassin,Kill Shot and Transfer Of Power, I was looking forward to another tale of non-stop action and thrills. Much to my surprise, however, The Third Option,was a bit disappointment. The plot was dragged out and the action was neither very exciting nor frequent enough. Further, the biggest letdown in this book pertained to it's conclusion -- or lack thereof. The Third Option ends leaving the reader "hanging." Flynn is an author that I felt I co ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of spy thrillers
The only reason I didn't give this novel five stars is that a lot of the its plot-lines carry over into the next novel, Separation of Power, so in a lot of ways this felt incomplete by itself. With that caveat, it's still a kick ass spy thriller, and Mitch Rapp is the pinnacle of a kick ass spy.
Mr. Gottshalk
Well, I am so glad that someone recommended this series to me earlier in the year. This one starts off with a bang, as our ultra-secret covert operator Mitch Rapp is set up and left for dead. The rest of the novel reads like a revenge thriller, as he tries to put the pieces together with who could be behind his assassination attempt, only to find out that the lousy bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. would be stupid enough to do anything to cross America's most dangerous man! Not my favorite but I w ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe I've read about all of the Vince Flynn novels. I like to believe that people like Mitch Rapp are out there keeping me safe from anti-american enemies.
To be honest, the back cover blurb sounds a whole lot better than the actual book. As it would, I guess, once the marketing department got hold of it. That's not to say it's a bad book, just that it doesn't live up to the promise. Not that I always read the back cover blurb, I seldom do actually, and hadn't in this case. So, I thought it was good, but flawed.

As I say, it is mostly about Washington politics. It's a bit of a watered-down House of Cards, the 'you might think that - I couldn't possi
Jilrene ♥
More like 1.5 stars, but I'll round up because Mitch Rapp is still a favorite character of mine. This book did not work for me. (I really wanted to use foul language there.)

I don't like Anna. Nope, not gonna lie. She is a fragile special snowflake and I don't think she is good enough for Mitch. Minus 2 stars right there. (by the way, I liked her in Transfer of Power - go figure)

I do not like the ending. I even prepared myself for this horrible excuse of a cliff hanger by reading reviews with spo
Absolutely superb. His books get better and better. I have now read five of his books, four of the Mitch Rapp series and Term Limits a semi-standalone. Vincent Flynn only wrote 13 Rapp books before he very sadly passed away, so I am drawn between reading them one after the other (which I always want to do) or eking them out so I can saviour them slowly. Rapp is so much better than Lee Child's, Jack Reacher. Why hasn't a film been been made of him instead of the rubbish Reacher film. I have just ...more
David Feinstein
Mar 08, 2009 David Feinstein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel deals with Mitch Rapp who is a member of the CIA's highly secret Orion Team. He's their top assassin. When the first option of diplomacy and the second option of military force fail, the United States turns to its third option of covert action as a way of dealing with terrorist's attacks. It is our last option of fighting back, and it usually involves assassination.

Mitch Rapp is on the verge of resigning from the CIA. He has met the woman of his dreams and wants to live a normal life.
Sep 06, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This is the my first "Mitch Rapp" book and I wished I would have started with the first book in the series. Also, the story wasn't wrapped up at the end and now I will need to continue to the read other books in the series to see what happens.
Winter Sophia Rose
Dark, Intriguing, Deep, Intense, Edge Of Your Seat Ride!!! I Loved It!
Dec 22, 2010 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, fun but Flynn either never met a woman or has the worst love life ever. Not enough action to offset the ponderous and infantile love story.
Milo (BOK)
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Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top counter-terrorism agent, is sent on his final mission - to eliminate a European industrialist who has been supplying highly sensitive equipment to one of the world's most notorious sponsors of terrorism. He doesn't know that the ultimate target of this mission is himself.

Thriller books are generally good for fast paced, action fun, with plenty of quick reads. Lee Child, David Baldacci, Elmore Leonard
Okay, so I really enjoyed the two prequel novels, but in comparison, the first two Mitch Rapp books that Vince Flynn wrote are long, sluggish, and seriously lacking in the action department. This book, in particular, has so little of Rapp, and so much of all the other, less interesting characters, that it might as well not even be a Rapp book. Honestly, I'm on the point of giving up on the series entirely, but knowing that Flynn's craft does appear to have improved over time, I'll at least give ...more
So ...

I have read hundreds of reviews of this author and everyone praises him or is disgusted. There really arent many middle grounders.

So Pro's

-Action packed, yes.
-Plot that has global implications with baddies who have power, and scope on a plan so convoluted not even our heroes can see clearly... Oh yeah.
-People acting in ways we can envision even when we know they are doing the wrong thing. (Perspective of "Don't open that door mentality of the viewer.") Yeah, it has got miles of it.
Nov 12, 2015 ElaineY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: Nick Sullivan

A little too many characters for me to keep track of. The action is interspersed throughout this installment rather than a buildup to the final showdown as in the previous books.

Rapp is already planning to retire and intends this to be his final mission. He is in love with what's-her-name from the previous book and going the way of marriage and babies. Huh.

Anyway, I liked this one less than the previous books but it was still good, esp
Jul 11, 2014 Jessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, summer-2014
Another Mitch Rapp book. I wished that I had read them in order. I know that they are supposed to stand alone, but it is better to read them in order. This book wasn't my favorite Rapp book. I especially didn't like the ending. Flynn left us with a cliff hanger really-- unfinished business that I suppose will be solved in the next book of the series. So--- I've checked that one out from my library today. Fun. It's spy fluff, and I like that. ** stop here for spoilers*** Mitch pulls off a hit on ...more
Feb 12, 2017 NIKITA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel is just like a bollywood masala movie where everyone tries to kill everyone.
I was disappointed to realize that after reading 500 pages, the story did not end. I am not sure if I will give the next one in series a shot. The story kept me on my toes some time but when the theme continued with predictable twists, I lost interest.
Sep 23, 2014 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery, kindle
I said I wasn't going to read another Vince Flynn, but I started this on the plane to Boston and got hooked. The thing about Flynn books is that each is quite different. All concern a paid assassin, but "The Last Man" was filled with anger and it was so terribly bloody. "Pursuit of Honor" dealt with the amount of torture and the country's struggle to balance "legalized" murder and torture with our interpretation of the Constitution. "The Third Option" is a "kinder, gentler" story of murder and t ...more
Robert H
Aug 27, 2012 Robert H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After enjoying the first book in the series and consuming that in just a few days, I decided to move onto the second. While the pacing wasn't quite as well done as in Transfer of Power, and Flynn's tend to repeat certain character descriptions or situations several times throughout the book occurred more often, the pacing and story made the book enjoyable.

This book did tend much more into the political than Flynn's first book, which was largely centred on a singular terrorist attack, and took a
The Cats Mother
I'm enjoying this series about Mitch Rapp, a CIA assassin taking out bad guys; this was the 2nd he wrote, but more recently two prequels were published featuring Mitch at the beginning of his career. It got a bit confusing therefore keeping track of who the characters are, as many have appeared in previous books; it's easier to just enjoy the action.
Similarly, when you don't know much about the American system of government, working out who all the politicians are supposed to be and how they re
Leah Klint
It was ok

So I have read one Mitch Rapp novel before and I am not sure where in the series I picked up. The book was OK, some intrigue, good guys killing bad guys etc, but I found it hard to follow at times and it wasn't as actions as I would have liked. The end left me disappointed, I know there is another book to tie up the loose ends but it just felt like there wasn't enough plot for this book. So two stars.
Jan 06, 2017 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The First Option Is to Read This Book

This novel is as good as it gets for a series CIA assassin thriller. There are many twists in the plot and many subplots filled with action along the way. The only rap is that Mitch Rapp leads a life that is a little too charmed, but I guess that has to happen in a series like this.
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The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988.

After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine C
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  • Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp, #2)
  • Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp, #3)
  • Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp, #5)
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