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Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #5)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  22,584 ratings  ·  494 reviews
CIA superagent Mitch Rapp is back in action in Vince Flynn's high-velocity "New York Times" bestseller. Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race -- something Israel has vowed to stop. With t ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published October 1st 2001)
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Richard
8.5/10

An excellent read in this, so far, excellent series. Vince Flynn weaves political intrigue with action in this easy to read thriller. Whilst it could be read as a standalone novel it does help to have read the previous novel as there are plot elements that come back into this one.

In the previous novels, especially the first in this series, the word of the day is action. This one has more political going ons but this didn't slow the pace and actually added a nice extra layer and let more c
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Robert H
Unlike the previous two Flynn novels, while this book could conceivably be read as a stand alone novel, if you haven't read The Third Option then this book will make much less sense, as this is basically a the second of a two part series. So I would definitely recommend that The Third Option be read before starting this book.

Like The Third Option, there is much in the way of political machinations in this story, and the largest event of the novel only really develops in the last fifth of the boo
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The Cats Mother
Fifth in the Mitch Rapp series, this one follows closely on from The Third Option and it would be fairly confusing not to have read this first and relatively recently. I enjoyed this more as there was less politics and more action and they brought the plot from the previous book to a satisfying conclusion.
Mitch has travelled to Italy with a plan to propose to Anna and get out of his career as an assassin, but while there meets with his ex Donatella to find out who had tried to have him killed.
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Allan Smulling
Vince Flynn is a guilty pleasure - a testosterone gulping guilty pleasure, but I kind of felt this one fell flat. Flynn's American assassin, Mitch Rapp is shadowed by his boss Irene Kennedy in this installment of the series. We get to see Mitch's feminine side as he realizes that maintaining domestic harmony is far more difficult then wedging a K-BAR combat knife in the spine of some crazed U.S. hating terrorist.

I think I may have been expecting too much out of this one, or perhaps my choice of
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Petya
I did not read it - I did not like it. It seems to be something of a political thriller (Flynn's genre anyway) - CIA, the President, etc. I couldn't say it isn't good because it was recommended to me by someone who liked it. So if you enjoy this genre, go for the book!

For me, it was written too detailedly: every time, by every sentence there are the thoughts, the happenings from before, hopes of finally leaving the CIA past behind but always having to do the one last job - too much of everythin
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Marcie
This is an amazing book, by an author who has really come into his own. He's at the top of his game now, and this is my favorite Mitch Rapp novel.

Separation of Power, 4th in series – Flynn totally redeems himself with this one. This is a continuation of the previous novel's story, and bad guy Hank Clark is finally killed by Mitch and Donatella on the last page. Irene is set up as new head of CIA, so cool under fire.

Flynn uses the technique of switching the action back and forth between chapters,
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Jerome
Yeah, this book gives Flynn a bad "Rapp"...whatever. My poor attempt at humor having failed, here are my thoughts:

The ending was underwhelming, pretty uncharacteristic of Flynn. Other than that, this was pretty standard, an OK read, but not as great as say, "Transfer of Power" or "The Last Man."

The characters don't fare well. A 'president' who gives new definition to the term "wooden." Assorted Senators who waffle between power mad and power hungry. And then the redoubtable Mitch Rap, savior of
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Vinit Nair
The story that was started in the second book – The Third Option – is finally ended on this volume. The book starts with Thomas Stansfield dying and Irene Kennedy being nominated by the president to take his place. Mitch Rapp wants to end his spy life and start a life with Anna but before he does that he has to tie up some loose ends, find out who is the mole high up the food chain. His relationship with Anna also becomes unstable because of his nature to keep secrets and Anna’s curiosity over e ...more
Ralph Hermansen
The Mitch Rapp series are fast-moving compelling novels. Separation of Power is a real page-turner. I didn't want to put it down. Mitch Rapp, the main character, is a CIA assassin, who unabashedly believes in execution as a way to solve political problems. The book's author,Vince Flynn, uses Rapp's rationalizations for violence as a device to persuade the reader that there is nothing wrong with this kind of thinking. He also tries to convince you that the people attempting to restrain Rapp are t ...more
David
This was not my favorite of the Mitch Rapp series that I've read so far. As another reviewer mentioned, author Vince Flynn seemed to repeat himself over and over and over again. If you've read the fist two books, or even the first few chapters of this one, you know that General Flood is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. You don't need to be reminded of it every time he makes an appearance. The same with Irene Kennedy, Marcus Dumond, etc., etc.

Still this was a good book and I enjoyed reading it i
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Scott K
The one common thing I find in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series is they're to long bu about a 100 pages, such was the case with 'Separation of Power'. Despite its length 'Separation' was a good read in keeping me interested until the end, though the love thing with him and Anna gets a bit yawning after awhile.

There are a few plots that Flynn intertwined quite well, the epilogue was not the epilogue I would have gone with, too short for a role that was much larger in the overall of a plot that exp
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Damien
This book is going to get three stars from me. Comparing this to some of Flynn's other books such as American Assassin or even The Third Option, the plot was very big on politics and the battle in Washington. It did have some great twists and had some good action moments, but there were times that were rather dull and seemed to be a bit drawn out. Like usual though, Flynn keeps you entertained and wanting to read more, I just can't say this was as great a book as some of the other Mitch Rapp nov ...more
Stuart_2011
I’ve read a few of Vince Flynn’s books now and enjoyed them all. Having read the Third Option (the preceding book to Separation of Power) last year, I was looking forward to this one as there were a lot of loose ends at the end of TTO. Who was behind the attempted assassination of Mitch Rapp in Germany and why was the only lead killed by Rapp’s former lover Donatella Rahn, for one?

Thomas Stansfield, the CIA Director is now dead and Dr Irene Kennedy is the new head of the CIA, the President Hayes
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Jessie
My librarian told me about Vince Flynn books and I didn't read them in order. This is my last of the Mitch Rapp books. It has been a fun adventure. I don't know if I can breathe freely without another Mitch Rapp book to save the country. :) This book was much better than book four. I liked the political webs and how Irene Kennedy stayed strong even with hard things. She is respected even more and we liked her tons before. ***stop here for spoilers *** Mitch is in love and about to propose marria ...more
Michael O'Leary
From the dust-jacket: An excellent read...CIA director Thomas Stansfield is dead -- a fact many individuals in and around the nation's capital are pleased to hear. But their happiness proves to be short-lived once they learn that Stansfield's successor is the late director's close friend and protégé, Dr. Irene Kennedy. Her plan of action is to pursue the very goals Stansfield established -- something Stansfield's fiercest enemies don't want to hear. And something they refuse to accept.
Meanwhile
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Patricia
It has been two weeks since the concluding events of the previous novel, “The Third Option.” Three questions of vital importance are seeking answers in Mitch Rapp’s brain. First, who paid for his own team to hit him during the CIA counterterrorism operation in Germany two weeks previous? The motive is clear – his body found next to that of an important foreign national would expose the clandestine Orion Team. So the real question is who shouldn’t know about his existence but does?

Secondly, now t
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Jason
SPOILERS: Oh Good old Mitch Rapp is back and it's a classic but in a tragic sense for me. I love the technical strength of Flynn's whole series. I'm officially one novel away from reading every single one of his books ( God rest his soul) but the politics is tough to swallow on this one. This is the story America wanted to tell about Saddam Hussein and his WMDs. It's fiction but if you understand VF's attention to details and political affiliations you build this fear out of something that turne ...more
Scott  Breslove
Probably closer to a 2.5. So, yeah, I started with the 5th book in the series because it was the one I happened to have on my shelf. Maybe if I started at the beginning I'd feel different, but I didn't, so I don't. Yes, redundancy is fun. Anyway, we have a super spy assassin type guy who for the first half of the book runs around talking about his feelings and generally not doing much at all. Actually, for at least the first half of the book no one does much of anything. A lot of taking and poli ...more
Theshrewedshrew
It's like they do this to me on purpose.

In a prolonged spy craft book series. The very fact that such a thing as a living legend in the CIA exists is due to his ability to be no one.

In the first book it states, Mr. President you are about to be brought in on a secret that only 3 people in the world know. This man is IRON MAN... In the course of a year, he went from legend to everyone and their damn dogs knowing who he was.

Literally this is the fault of doing things well. Has anyone else noticed
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Joe
I can't help it... I like these books... A good bit of action with some humour added aswell. If you like the "one man against the evil of the world books" then you'll like this.


3.5 Stars
Mark Allen
If you can separate reality from heightened expectations, then you might rate this book higher than I did. Because it's a darn good political thriller. Unfortunately, the Mitch Rapp novels are generally considered to be ACTION/political thrillers and I felt this particular entry didn't have enough action (only 2 action sequences in the entire book).

If you rent a porno and only get 2 sex scenes, you're going to be disappointed regardless of how good the plot was. Same principle applies here; bec
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Richard
Another absolutely brilliant read from the now, sadly deceased, Vince Flynn. This is a continuation from the 4th Mitch Rapp novel, the Third Option, and I made the mistake (unwittingly) of not going straight into this one as I had forgotten some of what happened in previous book. Nevertheless, I soon picked up the plot and rest is pure quality. Not quite so much action and killing, but the plot and sub-plots are woven together with great skill. I think this is probably his best so far of the Rap ...more
Mary
Apr 04, 2009 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Flynn lovers
Recommended to Mary by: Lenny
Somehow I missed this Vince Flynn. I liked it but not my favorite of his books. Maybe because it ws too real and timely.
Lee Mossel
What a tragedy Vince Flynn died so young. Thankfully, we have a fairly lengthy body of work to enjoy. This is my fourth Mitch Rapp thriller...I'm reading them in sequence...and, IMHO, the best to date. Flynn creates "cerebral" villains and heroes in equal measure...a refreshing change from super smart heroes and dumber than hair bad guys. Rapp is a much more nuanced character; one with feelings, self-analysis, and emotions. He's still the ultimate action hero, but now considers his actions befor ...more
Daniel
I gave this three stars for one reason... it was not the same as the previous books and it took me almost the entire book to adjust. The story was good but it was so different that at first the change spoiled it for me. The first books were fast action cover spy novels, tons of action. This book was all mental action. The political and mental maneuverings that are required when betraying people, and what I would suspect is needed in the political games in washington. I was not expecting the mind ...more
Nikhil
This gets better with every chapter. One of the specialties of Mr. Flynn is that he makes the story so complex yet solve it with utmost ease. When you think the situation went haywire, things would start falling in place all of a sudden.

Read for the complex politics, there's hardly any action in it. Still I'm rating it 4 because of the nerve-wracking tension. Read for Irene Kennedy, her character has been stupendous. This time Mitch Rapp is romancing and grieving for his love so I'm kind of done
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Toni Osborne
After CIA director Thomas Stanfield death, Dr Irene Kennedy his successor is targeted by an inside plot to discredit her and end President Hayes' term. To make matters worse, the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad provides the President with irrefutable proof that Saddam Hussein has acquired nuclear weapons and has positioned the factory beneath a Baghdad hospital. He has to be stopped, it calls for a covert operation, who best to pull this off but Mitch Rapp. Irene calls him into action and wit ...more
Wes Devauld
This book, for all intents and purposes is a continuation of the previous Mitch Rapp novel. Again the author spins a tale of espionage from all the player's viewpoints. The ability of the author to have each character justify their actions and allow for the narrative to proceed with every character justified in what they are doing is uncanny.

This book falls a little short of the others in the series for a couple of reasons. The first is that this book should have been rolled into the previous an
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Ria
Mitch Rapp a counter terrorism operative is sent on a dangerous mission to infiltrate Iraq after the US president is given information that Saddam is entering the nuclear arms race and is near to completion of deadly weapons.
With political shenanigans going on at home and the CIA on the brink of confirming its first female leader the US politically is in chaos and the world is at risk with the threat from abroad.
Israel who have tipped the US off about the situation has given the president two we
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: CIA director Thomas Stansfield is dead - a fact many individuals in and around the nation's capital are pleased to hear. But their happiness proves to be short-lived once they learn that Stansfield's successor is the late director's close friend and protege, Dr. Irene Kennedy. Her plan of action is to pursue the very goals Stansfield established -- something Stansfield's fiercest enemies don't want to hear. And something they refuse to accept.

Meanwhile, Israel has discovered that Sadda
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Vince Flynn died June 19, 2013 after losing his battle with prostate cancer.

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 l
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