REVIEW by Robert: Transfer of Power (Mitch Rapp #1) by Vince Flynn
What if America’s most powerful leader was also its prime target?
On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered as terrorists gain control of the executive mansion, slaughtering dozens of people. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. One man is sent in to take control of the crisis. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought. Moving among the corridors of the White House, Rapp makes a chilling discovery that could rock Washington to its core: someone within his own government wants his rescue attempt to fail.
Chronologically, Transfer of Power is Flynn’s third book in the Mitch Rapp series.
Flynn is a great storyteller and he excels at developing multiple plots in his books. In Transfer of Power, Flynn takes us into the unthinkable situation that a group of terrorists has violently taken over the White House but fails in their main objective of capturing the President. Before the terrorist assault team enters the White House, the Secret Service takes the President to his newly built underground bunker designed to withstand a nuclear blast but cannot protect him from a determined enemy on the ground.
Rafique Aziz is the mastermind behind the attack. Aziz is a very dangerous international terrorist who is number one on the CIA’s list of people needing termination. Aziz has managed to stay one step ahead of Rapp for years. Years earlier, Aziz gave Rapp a memento to remember him by; a knife scar gouged in his face from his ear to his chin. And Rapp can’t wait to pay him back.
Dealing with terrorists in control of the White House and the President out of touch in his bunker keeps the CIA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the military’s Special Operations Forces working 24 hours a day. In addition, they must also contend with Vice President Baxter and his chief of staff, Dallas King positioning Baxter for a chance to become President, at all costs.
Sent into the White House only to gather intelligence, the good looking Mitch Rapp stumbles upon a young woman whose first day on the job as NBC’s White House Correspondent ends with her as a hostage. Rapp rescues her from the clutches of the terrorists. Leave it to Vince Flynn to throw in a little romance at the worst possible time.
I absolutely love this book. So far, it is his best book. It has everything, action, adventure, seat-gripping suspense, snipers, parachuting special ops, Delta Force, spies and interrogators. It even has a little romance in the middle of a battle. This story is 100% five stars!
However, there is one problem throughout this book that is so annoying that I cannot give it five stars. Throughout the book, there are some misspelled words, but it is plagued by missing words. At first, I thought it was a new style of writing, because there are so many of them. However, at each missing word the action comes to a complete stop as you try to figure out what just happened.
Because of all of the printing/proofreading errors, I am giving the book 4 stars. It is still a great story and worth reading, if you like the genre.