The Third Option (Mitch Rapp, #4)
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The Third Option (Mitch Rapp #4)

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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 success...more
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Pocket Books
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Ed
Jul 13, 2011 Ed rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Zoeytron
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...more
Marcie
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...more
Rick Fisher
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...more
Richard
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
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....more
Sarah
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.
Jeff
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.
Molly
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.
Jessie
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
Robert H
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...more
Jo
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...more
Ami
I like this one. If you're planning on reading it I think it would make sense to read the previous novels (Term Limits and Transfer of Power) first. Otherwise it could be a bit confusing because some of the plots and characters tie directly to those.

I've enjoyed the Vince Flynn books I've read so far, and this one was comparable. Fast paced, kick ass spy stuff.
Scott Widener
Would you listen to The Third Option again? Why? I would listen any of the Mitch Rapp stories again. Not only is the plot filled twists and turns and political along with military intrigue, Mitch is out killing all the bad guys. Mitch is helped out by a new set of characters who add an extra layer of kick ass to the story. This story and real any of the Mitch Rapp sagas is recommended to readers who like the military/political thriller genre of books
What did you like best about this story? The n...more
Jason
Mitch Rapp! I only have two more Vince Flynn novels to go and I'll have read all of these amazing thrillers. Everything I know about politics at this point is ingrained with the details of DCI Stanfield, Irene Kennedy, Mitch Rapp and the Orion Team.

The first option is diplomacy, the second option is military force and the third option is SOG (special operation group) Black Ops where Mitch Rapp is the best. Mitch wants out of the spook business. He's found love with Anna Rielly (NBC corresponden...more
Theshrewedshrew
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.
-Impo...more
Wayland Smith
This was a good action/adventure story. Mitch Rapp, the hero of Flynn's series, has been making a huge dent in the terrorism networks around the world. Now, he's been set up, not by the terrorists, but by backstabbing politicians back home.

Rapp needs to survive the people trying to kill him, figure out the conspiracy, and evade capture by the people he's been working both for and with.

The books are pretty much pure action. Characterization is shallow, and most of the antagonists are sort of par...more
M.J.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I was persuaded to read it because the cover looks so much like a Jack Reacher book and because the tag line says its like a Lee Child book. And in many ways it is, but in many ways it also isn't. It's not concerned wholly with the main character and there are a lot of politicians in the book. Whilst I love the almost on-going narrative of the Lee Child books with conspiracy theories about the US army and the future of the US army, the politics...more
Shawn
This is an intriguing and gripping thriller. Rapp is a great hero, although as I have written before, he is not all that distinguishable (at least at this point) from other heroes in this genre. In the first half of the book, it drags a bit at points. The story took a little bit to find itself before it takes off. Dr. Kennedy is a character I'd like to see and expect to see developed more. The development of the main antagonist--one that feels like a multi-book antagonist--is interesting. It set...more
Leon Aldrich
Hail "Mitch Rapp!"

Ordered #3 & #4 and have the prequels ready to go.
Toni Osborne
CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is sent to Germany to assassinate a wealthy industrialist supplying Saddam Hussein with equipment needed to rebuild Iraqi nuclear arsenal. During the attempt, the plan goes terribly wrong when his two CIA colleagues turn on him and try to kill him but fail. Injured, he escapes and returns to the US where his goal is to figure out who is behind the attempt on his life.

Back in Washington, Mitch finds multiple conspiracies involving congressmen, senators, t...more
Jamie
The book has a slow start, but picks up near the end. Stansfield is dying and someone must be appointed to take his spot as CIA Director. The favorite is Irene Kennedy, but there are those in Washington that do not want this for their own reasons. Rapp is the victim of a botched assignment in Germany, which is more of a set up. A set up that is botched, yet with the same sinister intent. Rapp is not amused. Paranoia sets in. Two slugs to the chest from a team mate will do that. Eventually, Rapp...more
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Non capirò mai gli editori italiani, quando si mettono a fare queste scelte editoriali: cominciare, per poi finire subito peraltro, a pubblicare una serie di dodici libri, dal secondo. Ma che senso ha? Ebbene qui ci sono riusciti benissimo, pubblicano il secondo, ignorando il primo, poi pubblicano dopo un anno il terzo e poi è finita lì.

In ogni caso, per quanto possa valere, questa serie ha come figura centrale l'agente antiterrorismo più in gamba d'America, Mitch Rapp, che in questo libro ha de...more
Samyann
Audiobook, written by Vince Flynn, read by Nick Sullivan

After hearing of Vince Flynn's death on June 19, 2013, I was terribly saddened. The writing world lost a terrific champion and skilled author. Vince Flynn is an example of the tenacity of a talented writer initially shunned by mainstream publishers. After a few dozen rejections, he self-published his first novel in the late 1990s, Term Limits. This was published well before the modern popularity of on-line publishing. I would imagine, at th...more
David
I am sorry that Vince Flynn died so young, as he certainly entertained many people. However, that does not make "The Third Option" a good book. This book has all of the weaknesses of the previous two by Flynn and few of the strengths. This is a thriller that is not very thrilling. The previous two books had decent plots, which the reader could follow along and be engaged that way. This book lacks even that.

Granted, "The Third Option" gets off to a great start. Mitch Rapp is over in Germany, deal...more
Jenny
This might sound really silly, but I kept thinking I wouldn't be able to really connect to this book. Sure there's the whole really liking the first in the series and thinking this wouldn't live up to it. But it was mostly the fact that the title has the word third in it when it's the second book in the series. It seemed very counterintuitive. But see, that's before I realized what "the third option" was. And when I figured it out, I became horrifyingly intrigued. You see, here's how it's descri...more
Bookstorequeer
What I liked most about this novel in the Mitch Rapp series was that it wasn't terrorism-focused. That meant that it was more of a "political-intrigue"-heavy plot than I normally enjoy, but that's to be expected. By this point, I'm invested enough in the characters (reading it in chronological order) that I don't mind. All together, a very twisty, well-written book that left me waving people off so I could keep reading.

There are a few moments... (view spoiler)...more
Mark Allen
"The Third Option" is the 3rd Vince Flynn book I have read, but the 1st that I did not enthusiastically enjoy. Don't misunderstand--I did enjoy it--but it paled in comparison to the previous Mitch Rapp novels. Simply put, there just wasn't enough action, not enough of Rapp doing what Rapp does best--killing scumsuckers.

That said, while there was greater focus on the political shenanigans in this outing, it was at least interesting political shenanigans. Even when he's not firing on all cylinders...more
Flip
Just finished the second Mitch Rapp book. I wasn't expecting much, and I feel like the book came through with what I wanted. Not that I was blown away with the writing or the story--I felt like the writing was tolerable and the story was predictable. I did enjoy the read...but some aspects of Flynn's writing just irk me. He occasionally uses idioms that help the flow of reading, but that take away from the quality of the writing. I wouldn't expect someone from outside the American culture to pic...more
Will
The Third Option
By Vince Flynn
Review by William Mason

I’m not a top secret undercover spy, but Vince Flynn made me feel like I was. I felt like I was there when the gunmen are chasing Mitch Rapp, the main character. I felt I had Mitch’s keen sense in the field of battle. I felt I was there watching events unfold like a detailed movie. I felt Mitch’s emotions and his view of the situations.

Vince Flynn wrote this book phenomenally. The storytelling and timeline of events changing in a way that let...more
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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 l...more
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