Saturday, September 19, 2009

Book Review: Transfer of Power

My husband discovered Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. As soon as he read the first, Transfer of Power, he started searching for the rest. He’s now on number 4, I believe.

I finally found time to start the series. I finished Transfer of Power last night and immediately started on the next one.

If you like fast-paced political thrillers, you’ll like Transfer of Power.

Mitch Rapp usually works alone, but he’s not a loner. He works for the government, but he’s so deep, few know about him. He doesn’t just do what he’s told to do. He thinks. He plans. He does what has to be done -- what others wouldn’t or couldn’t do.

In Transfer of Power, what he has to do is retake the White House. Terrorists have taken hostages, booby-trapped entrances, blocked communications, and have control of everything, except the President. Secret Service managed to get him to his bunker. The clock’s ticking, however, on how long the President can hold out. Rapp’s handlers will have to deal with the politicians. His job is saving the President and killing the terrorists.

Flynn’s writing is sharp and the action moves quickly. He gives details on buildings, passageways, equipment and maneuverings. I have no idea what he’s made up and what’s real. And it doesn’t particularly matter to me. He makes it all seem real and possible.

In this book, Rapp’s not totally alone. He has two side-kicks, one planned and one unplanned. Both characters are fully developed. And Rapp is as well. He’s not a one-dimensional soldier, which makes him believable.

If you like fast-from-the-beginning, high-concept political thrillers, give Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp a try. I recommend Transfer of Power. I’ll let you know how the second in the series fares. (I’ve read the first few pages and it starts out strong.)
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  1. This sounds like a good one for my husband to read. Thanks, Helen!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. Wow, here's hoping we have a Rapp out there preparing for the possibility of just such an event!

  3. I agree, Sylvia. It sounds like a book both my husband and I would enjoy reading.

  4. I have sort of mixed feelings, Sylvia. It's scary to think the government has people trained to assassinate, which Rapp does, and only a few people know. On the other hand...if something like this happened, you'd have to have someone who can act independently because the government itself is too slow and self-serving to act in time. In this book, the author Flynn presents Rapp as not only totally necessary, but totally trustworthy. I'd put my life in his hands.

  5. I enjoy these types of books, so thanks for the recommendation! Have you or your husband read Daniel Silva's books? His main character is an member of Mossad who is also an art restorer. The plots move like quicksilver.


  6. I haven't read any of Silva's books. I'll add his name to my list, though. I do like fast-moving books. Thanks, Elspeth.

  7. This review makes me want to get the book. Good job! I like books like this. And this is the second time someone's mentioned Silva's books. I'll have to check that out as well.

  8. That makes three for hubby's birthday! Thanks :-)

  9. If you get the book, I hope you'll like it as much as I did.

  10. Sounds a really good book that I would enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing and your continued high quality blogging

    Barry Eva (Storyheart)
    Author of "Across the Pond"


  11. Thanks Barry. What makes Straight From Hel so good is the great people who stop by to comment and get the conversation started.

  12. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for introducing us to the series.

  13. Thanks for the book tip! My husband enjoys high-concept political thrillers, so this might be a book he'll enjoy.

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