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Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp #5)

4.32  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,554 Ratings  ·  632 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 th
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published October 1st 2001)
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Nov 10, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Robert H
Aug 27, 2012 Robert H rated it really liked it
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
Mar 21, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of spy thrillers
This book is excellent, assuming you have read the previous installment in the series, The Third Option, which a lot of the plot carries over from. While a lot of the Mitch Rapp books are stand-alone, these two really read as two volumes of the same story.
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.
Allan Smulling
Apr 26, 2011 Allan Smulling rated it it was ok
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
While the first couple of books in this series were fun & the plots seemed pretty good, everything else went to the dogs in this book. The narrator emphasized the already puffed-up prose. The dialog was terrible & seemed to be written simply to fill space. There was also a lot of repetition. After Mitch thinks about not being able to talk to Annie about his job, they have a conversation about it. A bit much, but then they get on the jet & have the conversation again, this time in whi ...more
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
May 05, 2008 Marcie rated it it was amazing
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,
Jun 01, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Winter Sophia Rose
May 18, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, Fast Paced & A Compelling Plot!!! Excellent Read!!! Love It!!!
Narrator: Ken Kliban

Anna needs to die.

Anna should never have made it to this book.

Anna had better die in the next book.

If not for the Anna parts, I could have given this book 4 stars but I'm hoping this is the worst of the Mitch Rapp series because I couldn't survive reading/listening another Rapp book that has him tangling with that dumb cow of a woman.

Despite some lengthy political history lessons and discussions, I enjoyed this sequel to Transfer of Power
Mar 23, 2013 Jerome rated it it was ok
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
Vinit Nair
May 05, 2012 Vinit Nair rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2013 Ralph Hermansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 03, 2015 Doug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The plot unfolded smoothly, keeping interest in the next developments stimulated. Character development was easy to follow and absorb. This was my first time reading a book by this author; definitely one from whom I'll enjoy other novels.
Jan 21, 2011 Damien rated it liked it
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
May 15, 2016 Corey rated it really liked it
Separation of Power is the follow-up to The Third Option. CIA Director Thomas Stansfield has died of cancer, which we found out he had in the beginning of The Third Option and in the very beginning of Separation of Power we find out he's passed, and Dr. Irene Kennedy is signed on to succeed Stansfield as Director of the CIA.

I liked how they involved Saddam Hussein and Baghdad as one of the subplots of the story. Even though this is considered a spy thriller, to me it felt more like a political
Alex Lee
Aug 12, 2016 Alex Lee rated it it was amazing
Currently devouring the stellar Mitch Rapp series, and this fifth instalment (in the chronological timeline of the series) provides no drop in quality. A thrilling chase within the figurative walls of government leads protagonist Mitch through a series of events that test his resolve to an extent that one might argue he has yet to face in his career. Certainly, there have been previous novels where he was physically pushed to the brink; this time around, however, author Vince Flynn displays his ...more
Aug 01, 2016 Kristine rated it really liked it
Spoilers are included in this review

Well, I haven’t taken a chance to review any of the books yet and I started with American Assassin and am reading through the series in chronological order. I just finished Separation of Power and I have to say, this was probably the book that I’ve liked the least so far. That is not to say that I didn’t like it – I just didn’t like it as much. I absolutely LOVED the first two books and really liked the Kill Shot, Transfer of Power and the Third Option. But, t
Debbie Evancic
May 29, 2016 Debbie Evancic rated it really liked it
This is the 5th in the chronological Mitch Rapp series. Mitch is up against corrupt Senator Hank Clark, who is working with Chairman Rudin, to expose Mitch as he continues to work undercover for the Orion Team (which is the CIA Counter-terrorism Team). Senator Clark’s primary goal is to take Irene Kennedy down and put Brown in her place as Director of the CIA Counter-terrorism Center.

In the meantime, Saddam has planted three nuclear weapons in the Al Hussein Hospital in Baghdad. They are ultimat
Jan 31, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#3 in the Mitch Rapp series (in publication order, #5 in chronological order by counting #11 and #12 - both prequels - as #1 and #2).

CIA counter-terrorist Mitch Rapp series - A changing of the guard at the CIA attracts some corrupt politicos with eyes on the White House . Unfortunately for the bad guys, upright CIA agent Dr. Irene Kennedy is tapped to replace her dead boss, foiling their illicit fund-raising plans. Corrupt politico number one, Sen. Hank Clark, enlists Irene's envious second to d
Sam Wezniak
Feb 19, 2015 Sam Wezniak rated it it was amazing

The book Separation of Power by Vince Flynn is one of the most intriguing books that I have ever read. It is a book that makes you keep turning pages and never put down. This is the fourth book of the Mitch Rapp series; he is one of America’s most lethal weapons as an assassin for the CIA. A couple people on the Hill have it out for the president, Robert Hayes and the Director of Central Intelligence, Dr. Irene Kennedy. On what Rapp plans to be his last job ever, something goes
Aug 31, 2014 Stuart_2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
Jul 24, 2014 Jessie rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, summer-2014
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
Jun 06, 2014 Michael O'Leary rated it it was amazing
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.
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
May 11, 2014 Jason rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2014 Scott Breslove rated it liked it
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
Jun 15, 2016 Lance rated it really liked it
Flynn is excellent, but some of his charm is where rapp goes crazy. .he was more tame in this one
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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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Mitch Rapp (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • American Assassin (Mitch Rapp, #1)
  • Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp, #2)
  • Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp, #3)
  • The Third Option (Mitch Rapp, #4)
  • Executive Power (Mitch Rapp, #6)
  • Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp, #7)
  • Consent to Kill (Mitch Rapp, #8)
  • Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp, #9)
  • Protect and Defend (Mitch Rapp, #10)
  • Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp, #11)

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