Title: The Third Option
Series: Mitch Rapp #2
Author: Vince Flynn
Genre: Fiction; Political Thriller
Publisher: Atria (Simon & Schuster)
Pub. Date: November 28, 2000
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 described on the back of the book: "when diplomacy has failed and military intervention is deemed inappropriate, our leaders sometimes take the third option."
Essentially, the second in the series refers to the inner turmoil and corruption within our own government. Mitch Rapp (remember, super CIA bad boy) is sent to Germany on a mission to kill a German count who is secretly cooperating with terrorists. But Mitch soon finds out he's been set up. Meanwhile, in Washington, the director of the CIA is dying and not everyone is happy at the potential of Irene Kennedy, director of the counterterrorism center, potentially being named as the replacement. Enter the corruption and the extreme lengths the crooked politicians will go to get their way and boost their own careers. Mitch doesn't know who he can trust and will go after anyone he suspects, especially when his girlfriend is pulled into the fray.
I had so much fun with this one. It was different from the first in that, even though that one had some corruption too (as I'm sure they all probably will) it was still focused more on a singular attack from a foreign source. In this one, the "attack" is from within and it's more permeated in that it's from everywhere with lots of players. The reader knows who almost all the players so the suspense is more in wanting Mitch to figure out who they are. I really like the president in this and the first book and anticipate sadness when the president character changes later in the series as I think it does. While this book does have a certain ending, it was different from the first in that it still leaves this one aspect hanging so that you want to move right into the next one to pick right back up!
Now, if I had to say anything negative, there is probably a total of about one entire paragraph if I pulled from everything in the book that bothered... but I have to say there were a couple times when the narrative style became sort of cheesy or cliche. For instance, a couple times when a new character was introduced the reader was told what color her hair was and what she was wearing. I found the information unnecessary. I didn't care that her shirt was short or any of that nonsense. There was one other thing along those same lines, but considering my mind has blanked on it I guess it's not important. But like I said, that happened infrequently.
So, I can't decide if I liked this the same or better than the first in the series, but I know I want to read more!