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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 th 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.


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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 th 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.

30 review for Separation of Power

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Iyer

    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 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 having nuclear capability with Israel's Mossad sharing this information with the U.S. The stories are gut reaching, exhilarating, and in believable, if not realistic, detail. A couple of characters are a bit too much, but I'm just being a bit picky here. Once I got about 2/3 of the way through, I couldn't put the book down.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    8.5/10 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 8.5/10 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 characters come to the fore. You can tell why the team writing the TV series 24 got Vince Flynn in to help out with the fifth series as this oozes similarities with 24. The hero who is unbelievably skilful at his job but also a little bit susceptible to a lady figure, Washington back stabbing galore, and also the odd terrorist scenario thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed the ending for this novel as it tied up all lose ends and left a whole new dimension to be explored in the other books in the series. A really good read which I recommend to anyone who likes action/thriller books. If you like this try "The Mozart Conspiracy" by Scott Mariani

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lewis Weinstein

    Although set many years ago, this story still seems relevant today. The action is non-stop, with multiple plots eventually connected ... a good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allan Smulling

    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 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 reading this novel after having read a non-fiction account of life in the present-day military left me with a desire for answers with a deeper meaning. But that's really not the point of a Mitch Rapp novel is it? Most of the characters are cardboard cutouts, except the reader is given a bit of a glimps of Irene Kennedy's character. If anything, one leaves this book with more respect and admiration for her character and less for Mitch and Anne. I don't think this book stands well on its own, but I'm guessing that it will serve its purpose in the larger scope of the Mitch Rapp series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chuck

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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. 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. Senior politicians have been plotting to bring down Irene Kennedy and ultimately the president, with the help of the head of Mossad. Meanwhile the president is advised that Saddam is developing nuclear weapons for imminent use and needs to find a way to destroy them without starting an international incident. There were several unnecessary repetitions throughout in descriptions of people and places, which didn't matter but it didn't feel well edited, and from the way that Flynn portrayed Anna as a selfish jealous shrew I thought she wouldn't survive - I still wonder how Mitch is going to get through the next 8 books with a wife in tow. The events described also seem strange when read with hindsight because it was set and published in 2001, I'm wondering how he tackles Sept 11th in the future books. Apart from these minor details I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert H

    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 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 book. The rest of the story involves bringing together threads developed in the previous novel, and laying the groundwork for the conclusion. As with his previous books, if you like Vince Flynn books then you'll almost certainly enjoy Separation Of Power. There is enough realism to make the story enjoyable, and the pacing of the story is fast making it a quick read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a piece of garbage. Especially the way he writes women. You HATE Anna Rielly immediately. She's immature and self-absorbed. But of course it's completely reasonable that after she pitched a complete drunken foundless jealous hissy fit in Milan and storms out, and THEN sends Mitch on a huge guilt trip and punishes him emotionally for it he still wants to marry her. Right. Makes sense.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerome

    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 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 the universe. I can almost see his cape. 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. The book hastily concludes, (20+ pages), in an unsatisfying and simplistic finale. That was probably the worst part of the novel. It's just too brief, too easy, too shut-the-door-and-be-done-with-it. I found the writing to be sophomoric at best and lacking in very basic research. Flynn has apparently never been to Italy and doesn't know that coffee is not served "to go" as at a 7-11; He has apparently not traveled First Class either, or maybe doesn't understand that there is no higher fare a passenger can pay. Nonetheless, "Reilly was lucky the AA agent did not charge her extra on her first class seat due to the change of date (pg 268) And finally, why does he have President Hayes act perplexed (pg 285) that disclosure of classified material is actually something on which he can legally hang his enemies? Please. Minor errors detracted from the story. In two quick examples, Flynn inaccurately has US SOUTHERN Command responsible for enforcing post-Gulf War Operations when it should have been US CENTRAL Command and lists the 48th Fighter Wing at Holloman Air Force Base when it should have been the 49th Fighter Wing. The book's significant inaccuracies are a concern. Flynn has the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff employ F-111 and C-141 aircraft as part of a strike against Iraq.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

    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, 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, leaving you hanging in frustrating ways at the ends of chapters. It's done so well, you find yourself pissed at being left hanging!! -- until you turn the page and remember 'oh yeah, I wanted to know what was happening over there, too'. We move from a strategy meeting (in which military and political experts are trying to figure out how to take out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear facility under a hospital without creating a PR catastrophe) to Mitch in the field (in which Donatella is being attacked by two assassins waiting for her in her apartment, sent by Israel). Then, when you think the action is over, he starts it up again. I was worn out after reading. His BEST book so far, will make a hell of a movie. The only thing left to ponder -- who to cast as Mitch? My vote is Gerald Butler, the guy from "300," "Sin City," and "Bourne Identity." Why Flynn is so enjoyable: His hypothetical discussions regarding military action versus covert CIA action contain REAL details -- the weapons, artillery, personnel, consequences, politics, budget, all real. I read somewhere that the real head of CIA is requiring all employees to read the Mitch Rapp novels "to start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terrorism."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    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 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 whispers. Not only was it completely unnecessary, but it made no sense. Much of it seemed designed to show how important Mitch is & to fill in too much back story. I tried really hard to stick with this, but found myself dreading listening to it on the way home tonight, so to hell with it. I have dozens of books I want to listen to & after Pride and Prejudice, my masochistic tendencies are all used up.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fred Forbes

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Taut, quickly drew & kept me in, well-plotted, likeable cast, light language, no gore or graphics. Read well by Armand Schultz. ©2001 Recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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 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 for any slight fault. Mitch wants to retire, well, sort of. He has a chance to come in from the cold and nothing would please Anna Rielly, his girl friend and almost fiance more. But as one would expect, events get in the way. A past lover, a threat of nuclear weapons in the hands of Saddam Hussein, and an enemy from within all conspire to come between Fielly and Rapp. It's very interesting to read fiction of just before 9/11 involving Iraq. It's also interesting to read positive comments about the natives of the Middle East, Israeli and Muslim alike. If one has a good imagination (thank god I do) one can set in their recliner or read in bed but be transported to the middle of a covert operation to recover nuclear bombs from the heart of Baghdad, or maybe take down assassins sent to kill a friend and partner from earlier times. One can feel thee soft pfhtt of a silenced weapon against the ear as bullet speeds on its way to kill the enemy before you are killed. I have just finished this book, the 5th in the series and I don't see it slowing down. Until it does I'll keep reading and even if one book is a bit less than another, I'll give Mr. Flynn the opportunity to show me that that was an anomaly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Petya

    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 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 everything else, but too little of the important. Everytime someone makes a gesture to point to a door, then opens it, and then closes it with a sound that is genuinly like what all doors in the world sound like when they close - I have to read about it. It's a brick and so far (less than 100 pages) one person died before the fact and the rest of the characters travelled around and asked each other questions about the same woman (pretty much repeating themselves.) So, no thanks. I'm moving on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Williams

    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 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 the pages as fact as you can-- If you are a Mitch Rapp series follower-- DO NOT MISS THIS ONE--

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Gottshalk

    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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Great one!! Enjoyed this one a lot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Intriguing, Fast Paced & A Compelling Plot!!! Excellent Read!!! Love It!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Speesh

    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 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 is doing, is ending the setting up of the cast of characters and motives, the state of play in Washington politics and the hierarchy of the CIA and Government, that will be used as the fundament of the unfolding of the following books. That much is clear. The good: Separation of Power takes quite an even-handed approach to the Israeli/Arab conflict, the Middle-East situation as a whole. No hint of any pre-judged ‘weapons of mass destruction are/aren’t there’ opinions bolted on either, especially when considering that Americans were absolutely certain they were, before they got in and found they weren’t. ‘The kind of thing Saddam would have' thinking. The little bit good, little bit bad. For me, the book does raise the question of respect for the office of President. Americans do seem convinced that as soon as an idiot raises his (maybe her) hand and promises to look after more destructive power than is needed to destroy the Earth ten times over, to an invisible, non-existent ‘friend’ - he/she becomes an amalgam of Einstein, Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Isaac Newton, Sir William Marshall, Steven Hawking, and probably George Clooney (among others). Then, think George Bush (all of them), Ronald Reagan and (maybe) Trump. So, it’s not hard to figure that the much beloved by Presidential candidates ‘American People’s ideas of the solemnity of the office of POTUS, is based on his/her portrayal in films and books like these. Not reality. It certainly won’t be if they elect the shaved orang-utan Trump. It and they will be a laughing stock. They won’t realise this, but it’s true. “President Trump thought deeply, considered all angles and said with a heavy heart…” Yeah! Right. Thriller writers and film-makers will have to think again. No one will believe there could be a President like this in books like this. They’ll KNOW he is just a front for other people’s vested interests. It’s where a Monarchy wins every time. You know it. Finally, there’s the back blurb saying ‘Iraq has a nuclear weapon, the CIA has Mitch Rapp,' as though that is ‘nuff said.’ Problem is, given his failings/fuck-ups of previous books, if Rapp is ‘our’ (the US always thinks it’s problems must be the World’s) best, or only, hope - then we really are in deep shit. The bad. There’s still no indication of why the ten years gap in books 2 and 3. It’s getting ridiculous now. Events in Rapp’s gap-years are alluded to, but are maybe mainly used to justify why Rapp wants to get out? And the connection with the beautiful (aren’t they always?) assassin, Donatella. Does the conflict with the girlfriend ring true? Not for me. Not if, as they are portrayed here, intelligent, grown-up, human beings. Remember the old WWII-time slogan 'Loose lips sink ships’? Rapp doesn’t. He, after unreasonable badgering from his reporter girlfriend, comes clean about pretty much everything! And the reporter girlfriend expects him to. Hang on a cotton-pickin’ moment there, Rapp - didn’t you sign some sort of official looking paper when you began all those years back? Hasn’t 11 years in the CI-fucking-A taught you anything? Rapp would and does, come down from a great height on anyone associated with him, the CIA and the US Govt suspected of or convicted of talking out of turn - when asked repeatedly not to, for example - yet forgets all this when the girlfriend wants to know when/if he’ll be back for tea. She definitely should know better. She knows she’s not going out with, soon to marry, a book-fucking-keeper. She can’t keep her mouth shut. That’s been proved. She’s a fucking reporter as well - reporters are PAID not to keep their fucking mouth shut, for fuck’s sake! Rapp tries her with the perfectly reasonable ‘You know I can’t tell you,’ but she knows she can keep on and on at him and he will eventually crack. Instead of retiring gracefully in the knowledge that she could, if she did, she keeps on and on at him. Imagine. So, she finds out he’s going to Iraq after some nuclear plant under a hospital. Even if she doesn’t report this on the news, she’s having lunch with a mate who says ‘are you and Rapp coming over for lunch Saturday?' 'We can’t, Rapp is out of the country at the moment.’ A foreign agent at the table behind them, gives this to his/her boss, who put two and two together and…You know it! We’ve read whole novels based on flimsier plot twists than that! Sympathy for her situation, is something I do not feel. She’s (supposedly) a grown up - deal with it. Shit, or get off the pot. Let's face it, Rapp tells her more about his job, than she tells him about hers’! However, however, however...even after all that, Separation of Power is what Flynn has been working towards (I’m reading these books in order, here’s where I am, so I’m writing as though I read this when it came out), a pretty much perfect blend of politics, suspense and even - some action! The writing is good and taught and very nearly totally cliché free (there are a couple of phone numbers ‘punched in’) and given that you let some of the things mentioned above ride - it’s all still a cut or two above the majority of this ilk and all in all a very good place to be for launching the next one, I’d say. All my reviews are on Speesh Reads Speesh Reads Facebook Page

  22. 5 out of 5

    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 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 plot thread to the next book. I'm looking forward to the next book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF RE-LISTEN; SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 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 REVIEW OF RE-LISTEN; SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 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 wishing her dead. Gone, yes. But I don't hate her as much as the first time I encountered her though that could be because this time I know Rapp will be rid of her. Eventually. I still wasn't happy with Rapp making up with her and asking her to marry him. Rapp's attachment to her is why I hate romantic entanglements in my non-romance thrillers. That aside, I was still thrilled by everything else - the dirty politics and shenanigans that rule life in DC, and Rapp out in the field doing what nobody else does better. I'm currently relistening to the series and 5 books in, I still think there's no better series of its kind out there. ----------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; NOVEMBER 13, 2015 Narrator: Ken Kliban Anna needs to die. Anna should never have made it to this book. Anna had better die in the next book. If not for the Anna parts, I could have given this book 4 stars but I'm hoping this is the worst of the Mitch Rapp series because I couldn't survive reading/listening another Rapp book that has him tangling with that dumb cow of a woman. Despite some lengthy political history lessons and discussions, I enjoyed this sequel to Transfer of Power. I know I'm repeating myself but I really need to vent: Anna needs to die. I enjoyed all the Mitch Rapp scenes when he was in action. I love it when he's interacting with his male operatives or with Irene Kennedy. I love Rapp when he's killing someone. I want to gag when he's thinking with his dick, whether with Anna or Donnatella. I can't help groaning and rolling my eyes when Rapp goes all emo over a woman. If I wanted that, I'd go read a romantic suspense, though no romantic suspense author would allow her hero to be stuck with a woman like Anna throughout the entire book. Back to the rest of the book: Rapp has been doing his job for his country for a decade, only to come home, so to speak, and find rats and termites in his house. They get cleaned out, the main ones, anyway, at the conclusion of this two-part installment (this book should be read after you've read Book 4,<The Third Option) and while I'm satisfied with the action sequences and the conclusion, I am not happy with the prospect of Rapp married to that twit >:| The Narrator: Ken Kliban was bad. I had to stop around 75% and resort to reading my Kindle because I couldn't bear Kliban's theatrical performance. I didn't care for George Guidall in the first 2 books (Nick Sullivan is more suitable as Rapp) but I'd Guidall any time over Klina's horribly-exaggerated voices. Thankfully, Kliban doesn't narrate anymore Rapp books:)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Theshrewedshrew

    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 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 the problems/bad guys. That are the predominate figures in this book series so far? Book 1 - Terrorist take over the white house. (BY FAR THE BEST PLOTLINE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE BEING TAKEN OVER) Also the first and best book. Sure there is another prequel I haven't read yet, but I am probably going to get fed up with this series if the next book goes how I imagine. Book 1 - Subplot bad guys. The vice president, his lackey, the Attorney General.... Ummm I am sure there were more, I just can't think of them. Oh yeah, the press... Book 2 - New baddie list *German guy* (big problem out of 2-3 day job) Hitmen, Senators who are both Biggots, Sexists, Hypocrites & Egotists. They want a government to have transparency, but when asked about activities their first response is to lie. We also have an ex-CIA analyst who is hiring out and way over his head. On to this book... Bad guy... Saddam (who is also still a bad guy in book 1) and oh yeah... Press, other counter-intelligence agencies, other CIA members, and oh yeah... Senators/Congressmen... Did I mention a theme may have come up, that politicians seem to be the bad guys or helping them through hopes of profit, or upfront bribes, or payments to make things happen, or give information. Flynn sees the world in 3 spectrums, 1. Believer (This is where I put most of the main characters of the story, or at least re-occurring ones People may have bouts of integrity shine up in odd moments, that place them in this category or throw them in another, but these people are generally those you like, or feel some form of sympathy towards in times of their pain.) (While most of the good guys fall in this category, it can be said that he man captured in the first book, and the terrorist Mitch has a bone with, fall into this category, while they are out for war, they believe what they are doing with twice as much passion as what Rapp does. And while we don't agree with them, we have to admit that things happen and the books are truly intense because the bad guys, have this quality.) 2. Out for yourself (These people are the scum of the story, they believe in themselves or power, and nothing is too far away, to sacred to not be done, or any of that non-sense, these people are often the bad guys who cause the most trouble, while not maybe being the ultimate bad guys) 3. Drone (these people are everyone else, sure they may have their chance to go either way, and they may sway between 1 and 2, but they aren't really who this story is about, just glitter)

  25. 5 out of 5

    David

    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 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 if for no other reason than it tied up the loose ends of the events from The Third Option. After reading five straight political/military thrillers I think I'm going to take a break from the genre for the moment, but I do want to finish out the series. They are really good books and I enjoy them immensely!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    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 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 making a commitment in a relationship. The villains were, as usual, stereotypes but I don't see that as a fault in stories of this sort. As always, they get their comeuppance in the end. Quite frankly, Elmore Leonard's and Barry Eisler's assassins are more interesting, though, maybe not as exciting.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jo

    Somehow I missed this Vince Flynn. I liked it but not my favorite of his books. Maybe because it ws too real and timely.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Clay

    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 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 sitting. Mitch Rapp is on the trail of the leak who keeps setting him up and making attempts on his life. At the same time, he's dealing with relationship issues and a few ghosts from his closet. Throw in heated confirmation hearings for a new CIA director, a sinister but hidden power play and a handful of nukes in the hands of a madman and you've got yourself a good time in the works. As I was reading Separation of Power, I couldn't help but think this must be what romance novels for men are like. There was a super strong "guilty pleasure" vibe to it in several places that made me admire Flynn's ability to provide fan service. So many segments of this story were just pure delights to read. Toward the end there is such a huge stand-up-and-cheer scene that it put a smile on my face and made me a hard core fan of this guy's style. As stated, I didn't think the early pacing of the book fits within the "thriller" category, but it did steadily build throughout the story and ended with so much driving power that it was almost impossible to tear yourself away from it once that last shoe dropped. There might have been a couple times where I felt like the pacing seesawed between fast action and slow exposition, but this really didn't ruin anything for me - it just made me anxious to get back to the good stuff. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm nit-picking here. Separation of Power was fun. The ending was a masterpiece in how to write feelgood, exhilarating, fiction. This is what it feels like reading books where the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad and the hero saves the day. I know that's not everyone's cup of tea these days, but I find it a refreshing break from the slew of "winter is coming" gray morality novels that have flooded the market. Well done. Four stars for Separation of Power.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    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. WWII 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. WWII looms, the DC corruption is beyond measure, as Baghdad alleys are deadly and this firestorm swirls all around Mitch and his counterparts. This is some creative work that's not to be missed or messed with so either way it's a must read. Donatella Rahn and Rapp were once lovers adding a new twist to the mix of professional v personal affairs. Her loyalty was to Ben Friedman the Head of Mossad. The Orion Team started by Thomas Stansfield headed by Irene ran co-ops in Mid East for past decade . Weapons are being manufactured and produced under Al Hussein Hospital in Baghdad and must be stopped. Meanwhile Rapp proposed to Anna which was a beautiful sight to see. Enjoyed every minute of Separation of Power. Highly recommend reading!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marco Morissette

    Absolutely breath taking and a fantastic pages turner! I had difficulties putting it down a little and now I am anxious to find out what will happen with Mitch Rapp! Thanks to the author for sharing his great talent for us!

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