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Transfer of Power
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The stately calm of the White House is shattered in a hail of gunfire. A massacre leaves dozens of innocent bystanders murdered. Hostages are taken. Terrorists have descended on the Executive Mansion. The president is evacuated to a bunker. CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp scrambles to save lives. But somebody wants his efforts to fail.

Customer Reviews:

  • I did want to like this book...
    ...but I dislike it, a pretty fair bit. My copy is 549 pages long. Precisely 300 pages too many. This is the first "thriller" I've read in a long long time, and I find myself skimming it. Boring, clunky characterizations, descriptions, dialogue. I suppose something like this is all about plot -- in which case pacing is vital. This plods.

    I started it based on the high marks reviewers here gave it, and on Hugh Hewitt's strong recommendation. Let's just call it a difference of opinion. I really wanted an author I could enjoy. This is the first book by Flynn in the series, so it was the logical place to start. Big mistake. A freshman effort. Maybe they get better, maybe much better, but I won't be risking it. If you are willing, start someplace later in the series. This book is, well, not godawful, it's just boring. A boring thriller. Go figure.

    Hugh, ya screwed me.

    J...more info
  • This guy had the terrorist playbook BEFORE 9/11 !!!
    Vince Flynn is amazing in this book. He is right on in how the terrorists work and how clueless the US and the American people are at realizing who [and what] we are dealing with....more info
  • Waiting for his tenth book
    A good author, enjoy his books. Seems to have captured current events is an exciting way....more info
  • Glad I found Flynn!
    This was my first Vince Flynn book - it will certainly not be my last. Good writing, interesting characters, kept my interest throughout....more info
  • Move over Jack Ryan
    This is a very good read and will remind readers of television's 24-Jack Bauer. I visited the author's web page and wasn't the least surprised to learn the guys at 24 used Mr. Flynn as a consultant for season five-one of the best season's according to 24 fans. While I was highly entertained and give Flynn Kudos for its take on the activites of the Iraqi extremist, it's weird to read some details in regard to Sadam Huessin in a post 9/11 world-when it's revealed that he was not as powerful or the main puppet master most of our fiction writers gave him credit for. (The man's back up plan was to dig a hole and crawl into it.) The multiple pockets of Muslim extremist are like a metastasized cancer in the middle east and a threat like the one posed in this book is a possiblity. However, what is described in this book relies on too much luck. (How do you know the president's secretary won't follow protocol?) There's no way I believe in a pre or post 9/11 world that 60 to 80% Americans would prefer we negotiate with a terrorist group that seized the White House. Nor would I believe the Treasury would un-freeze over a billion dollars to country that fund terrorist groups. That's laughable. A hundred hostages or not- and that's judging by the very examples the author gives in the book: Waco/ Ruby Ridge. We don't negotiate. That is the one thing that's consistant with us. The idea that the U.N. could vote to lift sactions with 24 hours is also laughable-regardless of your feelings toward the group-nothing works that fast. There are other troublesome things, BUT this is entertainment. And as a novel, this story never ceases to do just that. Just like the televison show 24-it's addictive, but the plots have flaws....more info
  • Anerican Politics
    I enjoyed this and other books in the series very much. I think Mitch Rapp would be of great use. Like him I agree there are too many bleeding hearts in the world. ...more info
  • Page-turning political thriller
    I recently read TRANSFER OF POWER while travelling internationally with a five hour lay-over. All I can say is this story made the time go so much faster than the way there where I was reading a book that made my mind drift. The action was pretty much non-stop without the filler that so many books seem to have. The story is totally engaging with characters that you love and characters that you hate. ...more info
  • White House Under Siege.
    Mitch Rapp. The larger than life clandestine CIA operative who will just not answer the prays of the terrorists, and die. This may be Flynn's finest novel involving the rogue agent. The White House is brilliantly taken over by Muslim terrorists with a vendetta to resolve. The story line is quite plausible, and the texture rich. The action is fantastically chaotic, and never slows. The deceptive plotting by both sides of the battle is rivetingly laid out for the reader's view. As always, the good guys win, but not free of costs. ...more info
  • Vince Flynn Collectable
    Transfer of Power was an exciting story, and the second novel in a series by Vince Flynn that now
    includes ten books. It was an exciting story, that you hated to put down before you finished. To date I have completed half of the series and have not been disappointed in any way. I'm starting Memorial Day today. The
    condition of the novel was exactly as advertized. ...more info
    This book is thrilling and suspenseful from beginning to end. I also learned a lot about how our national security is protected (or not). I first heard about Vince Flynn books listening to both Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh. After hearing them rave about them I went to Borders to buy one. This was my first and will not be my last.
    Terie Blankenbaker...more info
  • Highly recommended read!
    This is the first Vince Flynn book I have read and I must say he is my new fav. In the same line as Clancy, his books are easier reading. Great writing, he keeps you interested and the story and characters are very interesting. I recommend his books to anyone wanting to read a good spy novel that you cannot put down. I have already ordered 2 more books. I can't wait....more info
  • I found a new Author....What took me so long....
    2 Friends told me to read Vince Flynn, and this is my second novel. He does not disappoint. Fast paced, very 24ish.....I can't wait to read the next in line....Mitch Rapp? Jack Bauer?...more info
  • Not worth the effort
    Can somebody tell me why all thrillers now have to have a 'romantic' element, ripe with predictable sexual tension and resolution as some type of prerequisite for being well received? This phenomena is bad enough, but becomes unbearable when applied to high-concept political thrillers with serious subject matters.

    Knock out the rubbish 'love-story' with the reporter and this is a solid read, with it it's just a typical neo-thriller, with all the typical neo-thriller elements. I will not be reading the sequels. ...more info
  • Best Book (seriously) in 10 years !!
    I always check the copyright of any new author who is auditioning to monopolize a big chunk of my scarce free time. I was hesitant because this book was written in 1999 and purported to "educate" us about domestic terrorism -- 2 years before 9/11. Oh dear !! What a bad judge of character I was !! This author had me totally engrossed for an entire weekend. I could feel my heart racing and I was breathing fast with every turn of the page. I can't wait to read the rest of his books !! I thought Absolute Power was my all-time favorite, not any more. ...more info
  • Wow! One book and I'm a fan!
    I couldn't put this book down. For all of you folks that love Keifer Sutherland in "24," I swear Vince Flynn's tales of Mitch Rapp's escapades are where they get the plots for 24. This author is superb. Talk about terrorism and'll love these novels. I'm on to another and will read all of his books and wait with baited breath for the next one!...more info
  • Fast-paced Thriller
    This is my first Vince Flynn novel and I'm very impressed. The characters are engaging and the pace is very quick. If you like David Baldacci, you'll like Vince Flynn. I look forward to reading more of his books....more info
  • A freight train going out of control
    With an easy to follow large cast of characters, Flynn delivers a fast paced high tech political thriller. It reads like a freight train going out of control, until all of a sudden the brakes are laid on at the last moment. He has an eye for detail. He is also very knowledgable and insightful.

    The book is a bit dated; Saddam is the financier. Nevertheless, it still works. The story is centered around the White House where terrorists have taken over. Besides the transfer of power to the terrorists, there is also a transfer of power to the vice-president. Negotiations and military special operations fill much of the pages.

    I can't help but wonder if books like these play in the hands of our enemies. Probably not; more likely it is benificial as a warning for our government.

    Wish you well

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