Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp, #3)
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Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #3)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  20,640 ratings  ·  1,130 reviews
What if America's most powerful leader was also its prime target?
Vince Flynn's shattering thriller, Term Limits, soared onto national bestseller lists and marked the emergence of a new master of political fiction in the same league as Tom Clancy. In USA Today, Larry King called Term Limits "a page-turning read," while critics and readers nationwide praised its riveting p...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Atria Books
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Mark Alford
This is my third book by Vince Flynn. It is absolutely fantastic. If you like the show 24, you'll love reading these books. Flynn writes like Tom Clancy, but without the lengthy digressions that Clancy puts in about submarines. Replace those with more action. Fantastic!
Jack
Sometimes you want a break; just a good read, a page turner.

Transfer of Power gets great reviews and it fills the bill. But once I started reading I was surprised to find a full throated jihadi terrorist attack on the White House written in 1999, before 9/11.

I hope Flynn got royalties from the TV show "24".

I have a few minor quibbles with the writing which flirts at times with descent into "Aw Shucks!!!" cliches.

Also, Vince, as a lifelong resident of Ohio, I must point out that there is no Democ...more
Toni Osborne
Rafique Aziz, a notorious Arab terrorist finds a weak point in American politics. By posing as a wealthy campaign contributors he gains access to the White House. At the same time his group of thugs infiltrate the executive mansion, slaughtering dozens of innocent bystanders, taking numerous hostages, thus sealing off and taking control of the White House. President Hayes manages to escape to his underground bunker before the bloodbath.

Top CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is sent in to...more
Jane Stewart
The first half is barely 3 stars, but the second half is exciting, engaging, and felt good at the end.

A lot of the story is cliched characters - done too many times before and predictable. The Vice President had no brains and followed whatever his smarmy chief of staff (Dallas King) told him to do. Dallas made all decisions based on polls, public opinion, and future election possibilities rather than something intelligent. Those parts pulled the story down - made it drag.

The bad guy was evil in...more
Todd
I'm giving this 3 stars, only because I read the book in a day, so it obviously kept my attention. The book definitely had its moments of suspense and excitement, I'll say that, but I was expecting a bit more. The characters were a bit vacuous and more caricatured than real, it's like the book was written by an obvious Republican who wants nothing more than to demonise Democrats as morons and narcissists. That part was really transparent.

This book is for commando fans, commando wannabes and comm...more
Scott Rhee
Back in the days of the Cold War and the Evil Empire, Tom Clancy was king of the military techno-thriller. I'll be honest, I stopped reading Clancy after "Rainbow Six", which was a lot of right-wing garbage about eco-terrorists who want to release a poisonous gas at the Olympics because they were pissed off people weren't recycling aluminum cans... or something like that. Nowadays, Clancy doesn't even write his own books. He just puts his name on the cover to sell copies, much like other "franch...more
Jenny
It was a long time coming, but I finally forayed into the renowned (at least in my family) Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn. I figured I might like it because second to books that take place in NYC, I really enjoy reading books that take place in Washington, D.C. There's just something so significant and powerful about stories that take place in our nation's capital, even if they're fiction. But the renowned issue... Mitch Rapp (well, okay, the series in general and of course, author Vince Flynn...more
Glenn
"Transfer of Power" by Vince Flynn is an exceptionally well written, well paced action novel that is literally impossible to put down. "Can't put it down" is one of the most overused cliches in publishing but in this case it happens to be true. I devoured it in a handful of sittings. Rarely have I enjoyed a political thriller more.
The plot, which in a post September 11 world takes on new significance, involves the capture of the White House by a group of Middle Eastern terrorists and the effort...more
Rory
Started out a bit slow but picked up. Vince Flynn likes to write about the ways of politicians as well as commando tactics. Too much of the former and not enough of the latter in this one for me. It's like writing a 007 book and spending more time on Q than James. More Mitch Rapp please!
Doug Bradshaw
It's not quite a four star for me, but I enjoyed reading it. It's a mixture of Ludlum and the TV series 24. I'm sure I would have liked it more if I'd've read it when it was published in '99. Pretty advanced for that time period before 9/11 and what was happening with terrorists. I think spy novel readers will enjoy it. Plenty of testosterone and getting back at the bad guys. That said, I read it quickly and enjoyed it all the way through.
Dave Schultz
I am really enjoying re-reading this series. Flynn was by far the best author in this genre.
Julie
I just can't put these books down. This one was great. It was like the ultimate episode of 24 - if they haven't made this into a movie already they should. The politicians in these books are believably despicable, the action is intense, and you completely root for the "good guys." I couldn't wait until the copy of the next book came back to the library so I ran out and bought the next one immediately. This guy can write!
Ali
It has been a long time since I have read a political thriller. I read this book in a weekend - I couldn't put it down! Now I remember why I don't read these type of books - they take over my life. I felt like there was a lot of suspense that kept me turning the pages. There are lots of charachters to keep track of.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars


Transfer of Power is an example of why Vince Flynn is my all time favorite Thriller author. The late writer's style is easy almost conversational. I can hear the author's voice in my head - breathlessly whispering, frantic at times. Flynn knew how to pace his story, and utilizing suspense at all times. I started the Mitch Rapp Series in the middle, so I am going back and read the entire series. I'm finding that I love the earlier Mitch Rapp books much better and the 2 prequels he wrote...more
Joe Stamber
Although this edition says "Abridged", I'm sure I must have listened to a different one as it is the longest audiobook I have listened to. To begin with, I thought I might find the narrator's voice a bit boring, but once a little scene setting was over with I realised that he was perfect for the job.

Mitch Rapp is an off the peg action hero. He's a hunk of good-looking, tough-talking, tough-acting, eyebrow-raising, cliche-spouting, all-American badass goodness. If you're looking for realistic plo...more
Cathy DuPont
My favorite genre is mysteries and noir with a sprinkling of great fiction such as Kite Runner and House of Sand and Fog and classics. Towards the bottom of least favorite is a political thriller because most of them, to me, seem geared for men with an intimate knowledge of guns, aircraft, parachuting, etc. So when authors are describing a MP-5, the reader can visualize what it looks like. I can’t, so that was one of my problems that I can’t blame the author.

With that said, the book was just ok...more
Josh
Having listened to all the Mitch Rapp stories after "Consent to Kill", I wanted to catch up with the earlier novels in the series. I listened to the abridged version of this story, and I didn't feel like I missed much because the story is on a smaller scale. You can definitely tell that this is one of Flynn's earlier books as the writing quality and story complexity just aren't as high as later novels. Also I noticed that the personality of the main character doesn't have nearly as much depth as...more
Daniel
For years, I dismissed these books, typing them as far-right, paranoid, anti-every-other-nation fantasies--without knowing any actual information about them, mind you. Cut to earlier this year: I see a deal on Thriftbooks for three Flynn paperbacks, just about the time I am craving a technothriller along Jack Reacher lines.

I took the plunge and read this opening installment to the Mitch Rapp series in a few days. I was surprised to find that Rapp only occupies about 30-40% of the book, while the...more
Richard
I decided to read the Mitch Rapp books in series order not the chronological publishing order. I was immediately gripped with the main character from reading the first book, American Assassin. This introduces Rapp and explains how he became the secret CIA assassin. The second book in the series adds more to his character and demonstrates his lethal killing ability. This third book, Transfer of Power is the best so far. It is fast paced, brilliantly researched and written. It goes into great deta...more
Nicole
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Beth
This book is the first in a series starring the hero Mitch Rapp. The White House has been taken over by a terrorist group and the President only escaped to a safe room.

It was amazing to get a behind the scenes look at the White House and learn about secret tunnels, Presidential chambers and the inner workings. I was baffled by the way each government agency acted together, fought against, withheld information and plotted against one another, when you would think they should all be on the same t...more
D.B. Reynolds
This is the first book I've ever read by Vince Flynn, and OMG I loved it! My husband is always telling me I like books with a lot of what he calls "hut-hut." That means I like books with a lot of tactical military activity, weapons, technology. Guys in black and bristling with weapons executing well-planned maneuvers on the sly. And he's right. I love those kinds of books, and this one definitely has it. The plot involves a terrorist attack on the White House, the usual assortment of conniving p...more
Eric
I finally went to the local rinky-dink town library to get an account. I quickly learned why small libraries are a bit worthless. I looked for literally seven different books before settling on this one. I had heard about the series in passing seen them on my father's bookshelves.

I read the book over the course of two days so I must have enjoyed it. It's not literature by any means but it was fast paced and interesting. Some of the bad guys were a little too one sided and likely would have been...more
Sue Russell
Fantastic read. I enjoy Mitch Rapp and the late Vince Flynn's geopolitical espionage romps but this book is especially gripping. If you liked TV's "24", you'll probably really enjoy this.
Gareth Otton
A really good indicator of a good story is when you get a reader who is not a fan of the genre and the book holds him captive all the way through. This book did just that.

Since 9/11, all forms of media have been inundated with stories about terrorists, or more accurately, stories about military triumph over terrorists. There is nothing wrong with this save for the fact that with such over saturation of the market there are thousands of sub par books as well as a similar number of stories that a...more
Briana
For two reasons I believe my review is biased. First, I read this on the way to DC, so it was that much more exciting to be reading about places I was about to visit. Secondly, I am a military spouse and appreciate when the military is portrayed in a positive and heroic manner.

It is a book you can easily finish in a day; the action and suspense makes this book hard to put down! I don't read many mystery/action novels but enjoyed this one very much. It had the right amount of action and romance....more
Lincoln
Just about gave this a single star because of the horrendous misspellings, poor grammar, and just crappy way this book was transferred to the Kindle. It was horrible! It really ruined the experience as I had to decipher what was happening. It's an embarrassment to writing in general. I don't claim to be the end all, know all, I have my share of faults and I am not a publisher or editor...but DAMN. It's almost as if they gave the job to an 8th grader and didn't check after him. I know it's wrong...more
Frank
Wow! This is the first book in Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. It is also the first of the series that I have read although I did read his first novel "Term Limits" which I thought was a superb action/thriller. In "Transfer of Power," a group of terrorists captures the White House along with about 100 hostages. The president has made it to his secure bunker in the White House with several Secret Service agents, but how secure is it? Mitch Rapp, a CIA operative, is sent in through the heating system t...more
Aoife
This is the first book by this author that I've read and have to say that I certainly enjoyed it. There are definitely a few cliches (the super attractive girl, the rugged handsome hero) but I'll forgive them as there were other times where I felt sure the story would use something obvious but didn't.

Where I had a real problem with this book is with the fact that the CIA kidnaps a person (terrorist or not) and extract information using torture. I know that governments will say that any means po...more
Rick Fisher
Amazing novel. This is the first in the awesome Mitch Rapp series. I, unfortunately, have not read all these in order, so I am grateful to finally read this first installment. What an awesome introduction to what I deem a literary American hero.
Fast paced. Militarily accurate. Great plot, though somewhat disturbing. Characters in this one are first rate.
Vince Flynns writing is top notch. Highly recommended.
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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...more
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