Transfer of Power

Friday, August 5, 2011

Title: Transfer of Power
Series: Mitch Rapp #1
Author: Vince Flynn
Pages: 549
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Political Thriller; Fiction
Pub. Date: July 28, 1999

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) are an absolute favorite in my family. Both my parents have read the entire series to date and my husband just finished the seventh (of eleven). And they all RAVE about them. In fact, the four of us just recently returned from a vacation to Washington, D.C. and can I tell you how many times Mitch Rapp came up into conversation? LOL! Flynn's books are an absolute must read for them so I knew I eventually needed to try it out.

The first book in the series is Transfer of Power (not to be confused with Term Limits, Flynn's first book that is a stand alone). In it we are introduced to Mitch Rapp (as well as some ancillary characters who I assume may reappear in later books??) who is essentially a CIA counterterrorism bad ass. A well known terrorist, whom Rapp has been pursuing, physically takes over the White House, while taking over a hundred hostages. His men lace the White House with bombs and began making demands of the United States. President Hayes is evacuated to his bunker in time, leaving the Vice President to take over as Commander in Chief. But bureaucracies are everlasting, even during a time of crisis when on-the-spot decision making is most needed, and the vital decision makers cannot agree on whether they should take the White House by force or negotiate with the terrorists. Either way, they put the hostages and/or the President at risk. Mitch Rapp manages to enter the White House to spy on the terrorists and gain intelligence that can help the Vice President decide what to do next. But with the Vice President worried more about how to appeal to the American public so he can win the next election, Rapp and his cohorts take some matters into their own hands.

Transfer of Power was an absolutely addicting and thrilling read. It was, however, scary considering the experiences our country has had in the last decade which made the fictional scenario seem more real. Besides that, though, the political drama, the tension, all of it was so thrilling. I imagine that to enjoy this book, you'd have to have some interest in the government (or at least the drama of it) because of course it's flooded with governmental terms and titles. In the beginning it seemed to switch from one scene to another fairly quickly in an effort to set the scene regarding all the players. But I caught on quickly and it was fascinating from there. Definitely one of those books that constantly calls to you until you're done reading it. Only problem is the series itself has the same effect. I have so many other books to read but I'm dying to read the next one already! (Good thing I have all 11 books in the series so far waiting on my TBR). If you enjoy the show 24 (at least one season of which the author actually co-wrote) then you are sure to enjoy Transfer of Power.


bermudaonion said...

I've never read Flynn's work, but have a feeling I'd like it too!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Series can be such an addictive thing, especially when you have your whole family working on you! And as far as plausibility, I suspect most of our administration right now has a hard time deciding what color tie to wear, so yes, I believe that if they were faced with such an emergency, decisions would be hard to come by.

Zibilee said...

I normally wouldn't naturally gravitate towards these books, but the fact that you were so impressed with them surely sways me. I haven't read any books in a series in a long time, and think these might just hit the spot for whiling away a few afternoons. Thanks for the very thoughtful and enticing review. Need to check these out at some point!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I knew he would be good!!! So fun you liked it. He is a local boy to the Twin Cities here and I have done a few book signings with him. He is really really nice and fun and charming and easy on the eyes. He has gotten more political at his events these days. Back in the day he was a bit more personable and genuine. Still a fan though!!
and ahem, still haven't read him. Silly me.

nomadreader said...

This one sounds good! I'm a sucker for series (and I have a soft spot for books set in DC too), so I'll have to add this one to my list. Thanks!

mike draper said...

Flynn is one of my favorites.
You did a fine job in reviewing this book, Jenny.

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