|Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp Novels)
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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 the haunting specter of World War III looming, the President calls on his secret weapon: top counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock -- and impossible odds.
- Comic Book Caper
I was surprised to see this book's ratings. To me, it was just a very average book. When I read the back cover, I thought the book was about an operation to recover the nukes from Saddam. But sadly the entire operation was finished in half a dozen pages towards the end. The Author keeps re-iterating how good Rapp is, what a great lady Kennedy is and the president of US as savior of the planet, but the action scenes in the book hardly ever confirms it. It is only a comic book caper and not different from infinite grade B Hollywood films in which the villain is a person with a non-American accent.
There are some questions
Will the President of US get involved with an assassin at this level?
Will someone shoot the director of an intelligence agency inside the White House?
Will the President do what he did to find the man behind Rapp's attempted assassination.
Flynn will make his millions but this book is a disgrace to human intelligence
I will take a Jason Boure any day....
After finishing this book, I raced to my bookshelf and picked up a novel named "Green Ripper" by another American author. Only after the reading this passage that I restored my faith in the quality of American writing...
"The replaced power plant yanked her along too fast for her tall antique dignity, like a dowager blown into an unwilling trot by a gale-force wind"...more info
- If Saddam had been going nuclear
Written before 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq one might argue this book is dated but it is still a fun read seeing what could have been done to stop a nuclear programme that was housed under a hospital. This is a typical American thriller with big business pressurising politicians. Politicians try to disrupt the appointment of a new CIA director who is party to a secret project which has terminated those considered enemies of the US. The President wants a way the remove Saddam's WMDs before he goes nuclear. To head the mission is the hero of the book, a secret CIA assassin who himself has nearly been terminated. h wants to find out who is out to get him. Thrill a minute stuff if you are happy with America as the good guy. ...more info
- Great book and a completion to Third Option
Third Option was a good book, but incomplete until you read this book in followup. I'd stress they would probably be better together as one book, but that's just my 2cents. Great action, drama, plot development etc... Everything I want in my "escape" from reality. A+++++...more info
- Cardboard Cutouts have more Personality
the cover blurbs were more exciting reading than the actual book.
This guy has learned all he knows about the world from watching TV dramas and spy movies.
His women characters fall into three categories... helpless hapless "blondes," would-be spies who are actually incapable of doing much more than walking down a fashion runway, and two dimensional power figures who are little more than "yes-women.'
The men don't fare much better. 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 the universe. I can almost see his cape. :-P
It's a shame because there actually WAS a story in there somewhere....more info
- A culmination of all that is Mitch Rapp.
The book was fantastic. It provided a deep plot line that was concluded in a very tasteful way. The "who done it" aspect of the book combined with the non-stop action provided a novel that was impossible to put down. It also broke down the character of Mitch Rapp more so then the previous novels. It really gave you incite into who Mitch Rapp really is and how complex he is.
The only downside to the book, which in my opinion is a plus, is that it must be indulged following the completion of the previous book, The Third Option. Separation of Power picks up were the Third Option leaves off, creating high intensity series that takes you for politically charged, action packed roller coaster ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. If you do not read the Third Option prior to Separation of Power, you lose a lot of the back story, along with, in my opinion, the entire experience. It would be like ready the Return of the King, by J.R. Tolkein and not reading the two proceeding books. It just does not make sense.
- Another thriller!!!
Vince Flynn mangaged to capture my attention and imagination once again. This book was VERY difficult to put down when I absolutely had to. If you believe that we need to be aggressive in fighting terrorists, then you will really enjoy it. My only disappointment is that with each book he adds just a little bit more sexual situations, which makes me hesitate to recommend it to everyone. They are not graphic, but are explicit. Other than that it is a wonderful book.
- Just as good as the last three
Having discovered Vince Flynn and his addictive writing style, I admit I'm hooked. I can't wait to get to the next book....more info
I couldn't put it down. Flynn's governmental insight is amazing and at times, frightening and uncanny. I cannot wait to read all of his pieces....more info
- Wraps up some "loose ends!"
Before you read this book, you must read its "prequel," "The Third Option."
CIA Agent Mitch Rapp is on a quest to find out who tried to put a hit on him (in "The Third Option"). What he finds is that the conspiracy goes deeper than he ever imagined.
In addition to this, it is brought to the President's attention that Saddam Hussein is in the final stages of building a nuclear weapon. Rapp is sent into Iraq to foil his plans.
(Obviously, this book was written before the US bombed the camel snot out of Hussein. . .)
I thought this book started a little slower than some of Flynn's other novels. I also thought he could have written a little more about the operation in Iraq. . . it seemed to be over too quickly.
Anyway. . . it's a pretty good read, if you can stomach the PG-13 language throughout....more info
- A Fair Read, But Very Predictable.
I read seperation of power in a week, I dusted it of my aunts shelf and thought
"Well im already bored as hell, I got to at least trie to combat it"
I read the first few pages, thought it seemed remotely interesting. But I found the writing to be stale and the plot fairly predictable. the characters were to action hero for me, I prefer nice and realistic chracters...which is something you will not find in this book. I also found me strongly disliking the C.I.A more then I already do, there even more ruthless then I had previously thought.
I found my self wanting the supposed bad guy Hank Clark to achive his goal in the book. But this is just my opinion, if you do in fact like sabatoge and spie novels then im sure you would enjoy this, but if you like poetic wrting or un predicatable and suspenfull novels this is not for you, it tries to hard but just fails. But if you like I had said enjoy spie novels, then you might want to check this out,...more info
- Good read, some flaws
This is the 3rd book in the Mitch Rapp series, and the 4th overall in Flynn's version of DC. I was glad to get some closure from the unresolved issues from the previous novel. It's actually a shame that it wasn't all written as one piece of work.
The reason I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the pacing. There is a lot of recap over the course of the first 100 pages. I realize that you need to get readers caught up if they haven't read the other books in the series, but there has to be a better way of doing it. Once you get past the recapping, everything moves along at a good pace. The ending is kind of rushed, but that seems to be Flynn's style. It's not too big of a negative, but for an operation as big as what they were trying to pull off, it should have probably been detailed in more than 5-10 pages.
Overall, I love this series and have already bought the next two. Hopefully now that all the issues are resolved, there won't be so much backstory to start the next book....more info
- Not Bad
it was fairly engrossing although i do have one problem with the book. the characters are so simplistic, each character is absouteley good or asolutely evil, with no capability for committing and act against what they stand for. some moral ambiguity in the characters, especially mitch, would make the characters more human and therefore easier to identify with. flynn's use of two dimensional is either a trademark of his literary genre or a sign of a sophomoric writing level....more info
- Who doesn't like Vince Flynn's work?
Once again, Flynn takes us behind the scenes of our government and it's not always a pretty picture. Strong characters and a good story. Good enough for me....more info
- Enjoyed it so much I bought the rest of the series
I love finding an author who has written numerous books before I discover them. The reason is if you like the author you dont have to wait a year for the next book!!!! I enjoyed Seperation of Power so much that I bought the rest of the series.
This book does a good job of setting the table for Rapps relationship with Anna as well as Kenndy taking over the CIA. I felt there was just enough time spent on character development to help in understanding why decisons were made the way they were. I liked the book because although it moved and just the right pace and had several plot lines. In honesty there are no changes I would like to have seen made. Without telling you the plot this is a well written book and fans of espinoage will most definitly enjoy. I hope Mr. Flynn keeps cranking out the series for the years to come. ...more info
- What a book
Vince Flynn has become a master of the spy thriller. His books have definately improved over the years. Flynn came through big time on this one. I could not put the book down from the time that I opened it. This one had me on the edge of my seat. Dr. Irene Kennedy has recently taken over as CIA Director. She has become the target of corrupt politicians who plan on ruining her by uncovering her secret intelligence group, the Orion Team. Top counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp has been called on once again to resolve a rising in the middle east. He has less than 2 weeks to take out the threat and save the world from World War 3. He also has a few personal matters of his own that he needs to solve. All these factors come together to create a story that any espionage thriller reader will love....more info
- one of my favorite thriller writers
One of my favorite thriller writers is Vince Flynn. He has written a series of novels featuring Mitch Rapp, a CIA assassin. They are, in essence the prototypical thriller novels. They all have supercharged high octane plots that compel the pages to fly by. The main character is superhuman and his mission is to save the civilized world.
In this episode, Israel passes on information that Saddam Hussein is developing a nuclear arsonal beneath a hospital in Baghdad. To strike against this threat will require the death of hundreds of innocent lives as the hospital, itself, is bombed. Mitch is asked to help lead a mission to capture the bombs without a preemptive strike at the hospital. At the same time, powerful people in Washington want to stop the confirmation of Irene Kennedy as the new head of the CIA. They will stop at nothing to see her brought down even if it puts the mission into jeopardy.
SEPARATION OF POWER represents another winning entry in the series of political thrillers Vince Flynn is writing. It has everything one could wish for in this subgenre - a compelling plot with lots of action, a hero that lives up to the role as superman with a love interest, lots of mean villains willing to kill to get their way, and the beautiful background scenery. The books are also quite topical....more info
- What a ride!
Vince Flynn never disappoints - he jumps in with both feet on page one and never lets up! Mitch Rapp is the guy you'd want to have your back and Vince Flynn writes him well! Love all the political intrigue, the view behind the scenes in Washington, the international espionage - it all feels so real....more info
- food for thought
vince flynn knows to much about political corruption and the good old boys. sure makes a person think about the happenings in our nations capitol. it's so close to the truth that it's scary!...more info
- Good story
I have really grown found of Vince Flynn and his stories and the characters in them. I listen to them when I drive from one end of California to another and am never bored....more info
- Good story that ended a little fast
I'm a fan of Mr. Flynn's and have read all of his books. While this was a good book to read it ended a little abruptly and much to clean. He needs to pay more attention to detail, such as different weapons and SpecOPs SOP.
This book could've been drawn out a little more. I think if it were the length of a Tom Clancy novel, then this would have been a much more enjoyable to read and a lot more things could have been defined more.
But overall it was nice a book to read if you've got a few hours to kill by the fire....more info
- Timely, but some disturbing errors of fact ... sloppy
Yes, it's a nice action-thriller, but the darn errors will disturb readers with knowledge of military ops, arms, and technology.
Some examples: Anyone who has ever read "Dr. No" (or seen the "A View to a Kill" movie) knows that the Walther PPK is 7.65 mm. Mr. Flynn has the weapon chambering a .22 AND firing through a silencer. Plop poof, Mr. Flynn.
Aw, come on.. The US CENTRAL Command (Tampa) is responsible for operations in Iraq. Yes, the US Southern Command is also in Florida (Miami), but it worries about South and Central America, not Iraq as Mr. Flynn portrays.
F-111s dropping bombs today, Mr. Flynn? No sir. No bomb-dropping F-111s available!
This book would have benefited from a quick read by someone who
had some military experience....more info
- Another Winner
If you liked Tom Clancy's books and the Jack Ryan series, you will love Vince Flynn. If you like "24" and Jack Bauer, Buy them all now. Don't make the mistake I did and buy just one. I had to wait for the others to arrive, after doing another order. Just buy what is available now, and be prepared for an exciting ride. Fighting terrorism the way it should be. ...more info
- Playing politics can be deadly!
Kind of like Term Limits, but this one reminds me of todays politicians. You can't trust any of them. It is all about power and desire instead of service and duty. What goes around comes around! This is a fun book to read!
After reading this ask yourself... "Should the Senators who confirm agency leaders have any oversight of the agencies themselves?"...more info
- i love mitch rapp
i have decided to model my life in a small form after Jack Ryan and after reading this great book Mitch Rapp...more info
- WOW!!!! Mighty Mitch to the Rescue
How does Mitch do it? One minute he's Mr. Sensitive and the next minute he's saving the entire world from nuclear holocaust. The so-called raid is such a joke that it's almost worth reading this book just to see how they pull it off. Amazing how all this time I wasn't aware Mitch could easily pass for someone else so famously known. Lucky for us Mitch can imitate this person to perfection. His words, not mine. Kinda makes you wonder how he has this beautiful, albeit, dumb as a rock, girlfriend. Not only that, but a beautiful ex-girlfriend who just happens to be an accomplished assassin also. Man, that Mitch. Not only do you have to suffer through the first 2/3 of the book setting all this dreck up, but you are left with an ending that ranks right up there with the most stupid endings ever devised. Stephen King would be proud. I love how the President and Director of the CIA just stand around and give mighty Mitch the old "attaboy" routine. Why do they even exist? Hmmm. Mighty Mitch. We just might have a new comic book hero after all. Don't get me wrong. This is not even close to as bad as The Shadowbox by John R. Maxim. Now that's a real contender for the fireplace. Maybe we can team up Mitch Rapp with Kay Scarpetta. Mitch could kill someone. Kay could figure it out even if Mitch weren't in the book. And then Kay could kill Mitch when he breaks into her house. Oh wait. That plot has been used over and over and over and over again by Patricia Cornwell. Would rid us of one nuisance anyway....more info
- Errors jar the reader
This is an exciting book and the personal relationship issues ring true for anyone with both a demanding job and a demanding lover.
However, Flynn needs to do a lot more research to avoid the kind of errors that jar the reader out of the plot.
In addition to those mentioned in other reviews, Flynn suggests that North Korea and/or Iraq could build hydrogen bombs. This is clearly far beyond their capabilities.
I also doubt that any spymaster would send three of his own agents to kill a fourth without building quite a case as to why the killers won't be next some day. There is no real-world history of a non-communist national espionage organization killing a non-traitor on their own team. Think of the effect when the word leaks out within the organization (and it would). I know that G. Gordon Liddy is reported to have volunteered to be shot to conceal Watergate, but no one seriously considered doing it.
The serious issue with Flynn's books is the idea that a field operative can decide on his own when to ignore the both the law and direct Presidential orders. At least Oliver North kept the White House in the loop.
We elect the President and give him very broad authority to protect us. For example, President Lincoln arrested Maryland legislators to prevent them from voting on secession from the Union. No one elected Rapp....more info
- Separation of Power
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 the bad guys. The TV series "24" is analogous. Let's hope that both readers of Rapp novels and watchers of "24" have the maturity to separate the morality expressed in entertainment from the morality needed in real life. These assassination novels are great reads,but we don't want to see vigilante-style justice replace our judicial system or undo the concept that one is innocent until proven guilty. If we support violent solutions, someday we, ourselves, might be the victims of a malevolent or misguided government.
Ralph Hermansen 6/22/08 ...more info
- Political intrigue - action packed
I don't know how I missed his other novels, but Vince Flynn really satisfies that thrill I need from time to time for a passionate page-turner. His characters are well drawn and believable. If you enjoy political intrigue and globe trotting adventure, you will love his novels....more info
- Review of audi book version. Rating of 4.5 stars
STORY: Mitch Rapp, Anna Riley and Irene Kennedy are back. This time forces are at work to stop Irene Kennedy from being confirmed to the position of Director of the CIA and Mitch is torn between his work and settling down with the love of his life, Anna Riley. Not to mention someone has to find if Saddam Hussein has access to weapons of mass destruction and if he does, then someone has to stop him.
1) SETTING: Again we are in a current day world where spies, assassins and government conspiracies prevail. The world created is believable and functional but nothing super great or memorable.
2) CHARACTERS: I'm glad that Mr. Flynn is sticking with a working formula and brining the continuing adventures of characters we have grown to love. Thus if you have read the other books prior to this one there are no real surprises. The characters stay true to form though by now there is very little new to reveal about them. They work and they are still fun to read about.
3) PLOT: No major surprises, suspense or red herrings, but Mr. Flynn still develops a solid story that keeps you wanting to know what happens next. You know the good guys are going to win, but there is enough mystery to not know exactly how they will prevail above the opposition. Some may consider this formularic but it works and is still an enjoyable read.
4) READER: Armand Schultz is the reader of the audio book version and he does a good job. He has different accents and reflections for different characters, but not nearly the same "impersonation" ability as Roddy McDowell or some other readers. This was most noticeable when the female characters would speak. His very masculine voice was a bit distracting at such times. But he has a great Mitch Rapp voice.
OVERALL: If you enjoyed any of his previous Mitch Rapp stories you'll enjoy this one. I almost didn't bother since it was such a long duration between reading the previous book and getting my hands on this one. But I'm glad I continued with the storyline and characters....more info
- I love this book
This is the most exciting book by mr flynn to date I cannot wait to read the next one....more info
- Mitch Rapp in love
This was a great book but I would rather Mitch Rapp stay single. I really think that Donatella is much more appealing than Ann Reilly and a good match for Mitch. With Mitch Rapp being an assassin, on the Orion team, he doesn't need baggage. This was a very intriguing book and a lot of "settling the score."...more info
- Vince Flynn meets Danielle Steele
Fortunately I had just finished this novel's predecessor The Third Option a week ago, so I didn't have long to wait to resolve the Option's unsatisfying ending. This book takes up where Option left off. Flynn skillfully seesaws the action between Iraq's nuke crisis and CIA operative Mitch Rapp's hunt for the person who tried to kill him in the previous book.
I realize this book was released shortly after 9/11, and now recent events have rendered irrelevant the book's main premise. Sadly, the wealth of intelligence described by the book and compiled by the NSA and the CIA pertaining to Saddam's nukes turned out horribly wrong in reality. Nevertheless, the book managed to hold my interest with crisp writing and interesting insider tidbits about the relationship between Israel and the USA.
Although some reviewers were dismayed by the rehashing, I read prodigiously and didn't mind having my memory jogged. I did mind the everlasting quibbles between Rapp and his girlfriend, and the emotional breast beating indulged in by both. My favorite character in the series is the unflappable Irene Kennedy, who provides a nice counterpoint to Rapp's hair-trigger temperament. Had the book centered less on Rapp's love life and more on the Iraq crisis, it might have earned 5 stars. Nevertheless, when Rapp and the female assassin wiped out the senator at the end, I wanted to stand up and applaud.
- Not A Bad "Rapp"
Super-agent Mitch Rapp is back in "Separation of Power" and once again trying to save the world from those nasty evil doers. I read an earlier Rapp novel ("Transfer of Power") but did not do my research and realized shortly after I had started that "The Third Option" fell between these two "Power" books. So while I was at a bit of a loss at times, "Separation" gives you enough information to fill in some of gaps since Rapp re-claimed the White House from a gang of terrorists at the end of "Transfer."
In "Separation," Vince Flynn creates another work that is strikingly close to today's "real world" events. Rapp's latest mission, among other things, to uncover and destroy Saddam Hussein's (with help from the North Koreans no less!) secret cache of nuclear weapons. Throw in the setting of Washington DC where backstabbing, blackmail, and murder all seem part of a normal day and you have a highly readable, entertaining, and, at times, very relevant piece of fiction.
My one quibble is Rapp's love life as his relationship with Anna Reilly continues to be a weak point for me in this series. With Rapp being more James Bond than a Clancy Jack Ryan-type, it is hard to fathom him all googly-eyed in love and considering marriage. While the pair's "damsel in distress" meeting in "Transfer" held some appeal, there is simply not much to even like about Anna this time around, much of it caused by her own stubbornness and inability to understand/accept Rapp's "job." Reilly was an unnecessary third wheel in this novel, with two other female characters -- CIA director-elect Irene Kennedy and fellow spy (and Rapp's ex-lover to boot) Donatella Rahn - being far more engaging.
I will definitely be reading more Flynn is the future - hopefully he will just shelf the romance and stick with the action....more info
- Read Third Option FIrst, then get your happy ending here
After reading the filler and the back-story in The Third Option, it was time for Flynn to deliver, and he did just that. The pace picks up in this book. This book adds more character development to Rapp and it does it in full, fast-paced form. Rahn's character is dynamic enough to bring home the point that these assassins have what they do for a living, and that is about it. I am glad Flynn decided not to expound greatly on the interactions between her and Rapp, there was just enough to bring her into the story. The book starts off fast with Mitch on an operation in Germany...when things go wrong, Mitch goes looking for the reasons. Assassins are all over the place in this one, and multiple government agencies are involved in an intricate plot. Pull in Saddham Hussein, and you have one heck of a story. The behind the scenes politician babble that Flynn provides is top notch. It makes you start to look at your Senators and Representatives in different ways. Try figuring out who might be like the characters in this novel. I really liked this one, but reading the Third Option first is a must....more info
- A political thriller with an ending unlike any other!
This book is a must read, especially for fans of Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum. Couple it with "The Third Option" and you won't be able to put it down. I read both books in four days, they were so gripping. If you have read "The Third Option" and were a bit disappointed by the ending, then you MUST READ this book....more info
- shallow characters and dialogue
I expected a little more depth of character and story development, but Flynn just rushes this book along, forcing an unrealistic plot down our throats. This is a world where the president looks at the window of the oval office in indecision and despondency at distressing world events; and does cliched things like end a meeting, then say something that sounds morbid or fatalistic just before his aides leave the room. A world in which the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff launches into a tirade about a doomsday scenario that would bring the earth to a standstill, and when career politicians whine and are easily manipulated by their politico-peers. And we're supposed to believe that the main character, who takes every last precaution deadly seriously, brings the woman he wants to marry with him on a potentially deadly mission, and assumes wrongly he's going to be able to confront a known assassin who double-crossed him in the past and she'll tell him just because he asked nicely. And that's only halfway through the book!...more info
- Just better and better
I read Vince Flynn's "Term Limits" a good while ago, and thought it was okay. I was reticent to try another of his books for fear that I might get the same formula. I was right, but wrong at the same time.
While Flynn's books are a bit formulaic, he seems to find ways to make the formula more potent with each passing novel. "Separation of Power" is much like it's predecessors in the Mitch Rapp series, only that you get more of it!
Mitch Rapp, a CIA counterterrorism expert, wants to get out and live a more normal life with the woman he has come to love. However, in order to do that, he feels he needs to settle an old score, and find out who tried to kill him in the previous book "The Third Option."
What follows is deception, corruption and (of course) Mitch Rapp doing what he does best, espionage. I find Flynn's character writing to be outstanding. His description of the events going on are colorful. The flow of his novels are climactic. All in all, a wonderful read!