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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2001
Make sure you have time set aside to read this because once started you will not want to put it down.
I was always a great fan of Tom Clancy but reading Vince Flynn's work to-date has changed my definition of a book that I just can't put down. Along with Patrick Robinson, Vince Flynn has been my favourite author of the past twelve months and I trust he will keep his brain cells busy to come up with more like this one.
Tom Clancy writes some great stuff but occassionally can get a bit bogged down with technical details whereas the flow of Vince Flynn's work is fast and furious throughout without losing a sense that the events that unfold could really happen.
You needn't have read his previous works Term Limits & Transfer of Power as this a great read in its own right but I loved the way this book brought strands together from both of these books which previously were almost entirely independent. By the end of the book I wanted more and was glad to see that the follow up to this, Balance of Power, had been released in hardback which I ordered immediately. This is also a cracking read!
My only slight criticism as a reader of the previous books and this applies to his latest one as well, is the slight repetition of background information which I found slightly tedious. However, I can fully forgive Mr Flynn as he has done this to enable to the books to be read by first timers and this is a great advantage to them.
Reading both The Third Option and Balance of Power in a week left me very tired from staying up late reading but more of the same from Vince Flynn is definitely in order!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2001
This is a magnificent follow up to "Transfer of Power" and "Term Limits". You will find your self glue to the book and will have a hard time to putting it down. Mr Flynn has grown even more as a writer and his knowledge of the in and outs of the US inteligence communtity is superb, you will find yourself will a wealth of knowledge after reading it. Read it or you will miss out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2013
Sorry to say, but this offering is a bit of a clunker, just finished it and was shocked at how bereft of action this was. If I was after a novel full of political chicanery then this is it, but there are far better and more dynamic episodes of Mitch Rapp's career than this.
Slow paced and action light.
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on 13 April 2015
I enjoyed this book but it took me longer to read than similar action/thrillers as I got a bit bogged down with the departments within departments of the American security system & had to keep flicking back to remind myself who worked for who!I have a good representation of Mitch Rapp in my head though I'm not sure that love & domestic bliss sit well with this type of tough hero so I fear for the safety of Anna Reilly!!I'm going to have to read the next book in the series to find out how Hank Clark is going to get his come-uppance so that in itself is a recommendation:)
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on 26 April 2015
Yet again I read this book and am turning the pages rapidly I get to the end and still want it to go on. The characters in this book turn into your friends as they are so intensely described and you go through the complete range of emotions with them. I love this series and the attention to detail it gives you long may Vince continue and thank you for providing me with this great escapism
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on 6 July 2015
Having gone through the tension of the miraculous exploits of Mitch in the first two novels, I was looking forward to more " Suspension of Belief" action. Sadly, we were exposed to the sleazy political machinations of Washington, DC, with Mitch's exploits coming in a very distant second. Shame that the author ran out of ideas so early.
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on 3 August 2014
I don't often read a fiction novel twice but this is an exception. All of the Mitch Rapp books are good, and I urge any would be readers to start at the first. Their reward will be, in my view, non stop enjoyment from the late vince Flynn, one of the top five crime writers of our generation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2011
Read 'Transfer of Power' and was hooked from the start so I decided to read this; the next one in the sequence. I was as good as the other and I'm going to read the one after 'Separation of Power'.

If you like Lee Child/Jack Reacher then you should like these books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2012
A tense thriller with, for me, too melodramatic a plot to carry me along. But what had a compelling if absurd fascination was the chick-lit quality of his writing. Macho-male meets retail-therapy bimbo. You think I exaggerate? See how he lovingly describes his top-of-the-range super-expensive guns and rifles. It was so disconcerting and incongruous that it had a certain addictive charm, but I shall not be reading another of his novels. If you going to shoot someone, get on with the job; don't drool over the tool as though it were a posh perfume. The Third Option
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on 24 May 2014
The action and the political equations within the US government and the Central Intelligence Agency were very good but the book became a little 'hung up' on several occasions and nullified the rest.
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