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Separation of Power

(Mitch Rapp #5)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  37,555 ratings  ·  868 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
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Published August 27th 2002 by Pocket Books (first published October 1st 2001)
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Sep 04, 2013 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
Lewis Weinstein
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although set many years ago, this story still seems relevant today. The action is non-stop, with multiple plots eventually connected ... a good read.
Allan Smulling
Apr 18, 2011 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
May 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Dual story line involving the confirmation of a new CIA Director and
America's learning of the imminent acquisition of nuclear weopons by
Iraq. It was just OK.
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.
Robert H
Aug 27, 2012 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
Ashish Iyer
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, and all of thus series that I've read so far. This story picks up where the book "Transfer of Power" leaves off. The continuing story of how Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy are working against internal and external corrupt people and countries seeking greater political power or promoting terrorism. In this book Irene Kennedy has been nominated to succeed her boss who has died. Mitch Rapp is working to find out who is behind the attempts on his life, while Iraq is on the verge of h ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2012 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
Dec 16, 2007 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,
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
Sep 14, 2015 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.
Fred Forbes
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The usual thrilling action that makes this series enjoyable "mind candy". Whether it is believable or not is another question but at least it is plausible. Characters are often cartoonish and simple but these books are a great way to pass some time on the beach.
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Taut, quickly drew & kept me in, well-plotted, likeable cast, light language, no gore or graphics. Read well by Armand Schultz. ©2001 Recommended.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the last of the Mitch Rapp novels that I had sitting on my night stand. I'll be ordering more books an a couple of weeks and I'm sure that a couple or more of the series will be on my shopping list. Why do I like this series?

Rapp is a consummate protagonist; deadly, smart, intuitive, ruthless. If I fault him at all it's in the love department. Flynn writes a good adventure/thriller novel but is only so so in the romance department. Yet the first part of my description more than makes up
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
Johnny Williams
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alright alright- you know I am a Flynn fan by now. But this is by far my favorite in the series. The story is keen on plot and deep on characters as we learn more and more about them all. Mitch Rapp continues as a force to be wary of but now with this new closeness with Kennedy as she takes the reins from Stansfield.. and how the trust builds between them--
Flynn gives a glimpse of the intelligence world as well--
This espionage thriller never slows down and neither does your finger as you turn t
Mr. Gottshalk
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
These books are absolutely terrific. Although this one did not have as much action as some of the other Mitch Rapp books, the double-dealing of both Mossad and the CIA was fascinating. If there is a quarter of this much nonsense behind black ops, then our elected representatives should be barred from serving our country. Vince Flynn had a very creative mind, and his books are easy enough to follow. This book is just what I needed after reading a couple of stinkers lately.
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great one!! Enjoyed this one a lot.
Winter Sophia Rose
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, Fast Paced & A Compelling Plot!!! Excellent Read!!! Love It!!!
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with writing modern, bang-up-to-date thrillers, is that they're bang out-of-date, very quickly. So, it’s probably best to look at the publish date before you read and pre-judge this one.

In the great scheme of things, this is the one where Rapp and his girlfriend get serious. However, it’s not all bad news. The book is the best of Vince Flynn’s (I’ve read) so far. Or the best since the second one, at least. It reads, with all ends nicely tied up, like the end of a series, but what it
Jilrene ♥
The narrator grated on my nerves. He was too interested in pausing and trying to make the simplest scenes suspenseful.

Spent a lot of time in the multiple bad guys heads. Spent quite a bit a time on Anna. My two least favorite things to do. ;)

The action is still good. Fight scenes are well written. Very enjoyable. I love Donatella, too. She's an assassin. She and Mitch work well together.

Anyway. The story is a continuation from book 4. It's an interesting twist on the series, carrying a major p

I've changed my rating from 3 stars (2 years ago) to 5 stars, having finished my relisten of this 5th Rapp book. I wasn't satisfied with Ken Kliban's narration the first time and I'm still of the same mind now. He's not bad - I would be happy with him on another audiobook. He's just not Rapp.

The reason why I can give this 5 stars is because I now know what to expect with Anna. I've had 2 years to get over her and am glad to say this time round, I wasn't wis
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
May 26, 2012 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
Jul 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller fans.
A disappointing effort by Vince Flynn. The writing appeared to be Flynn channeling Tom Clancy - all kinds of useless information on weapons and helicopters and planes, etc.

The story also tried to show Mitch Rapp's softer side as he struggled with his love of Anne Rielly (not misspelled) and its conflict with his need to be a super hero.

I kept waiting for the real Mitch Rapp to appear but he only showed up rarely and in short bursts. I don't read Flynn's books to open my eyes to the problems of m
Mary Jo
Jun 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Flynn lovers
Recommended to Mary Jo 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.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Separation of Power is Vince Flynn's third Mitch Rapp thriller and continues the story of the CIA's most dangerous assassin. I found Separation of Power started a bit slowly compared to the previous books. I was a full third of the way in before I felt like anything resembling a "thriller" was unfolding. It wasn't until about the halfway point that some bullets started flying and I was fairly well hooked. By 75% it had picked up so much steam, that I read the last quarter of the novel in one sit ...more
Donna Hines
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Stansfield is no longer the CIA director and Dr. Irene Kennedy is now ready to take over in this amazing work by Vince Flynn entitled," Separation of Power".
Israel is preparing for a nuclear arms race .
Middle East chaos is taking over the US forcing the President to act using a secret weapon.
Mitch Rapp is the go to guy who is not afraid to take out the enemy for the sake of his country's freedom and peace.
Rapp has two weeks left to wipe out nukes as the clock continues counting down.
Byron Washington
GOOD Stuff!!

A very good book that would've been that much better if the author had kept the Ultimate Killing Machine as a single man. Why let the irrational attitude of a truly feckless woman ruin what we all desire when purchasing a Mitch Rapp book, BLOOD AND MORE BLOOD!!! You have a platinum formula. I see no need to disrupt it by adding an unecessary love interest. A wishy washy one at that.

On to the next book in the series...👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥👍🏾🔥
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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

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  • Extreme Measures (Mitch Rapp, #11)
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