#1 New York Times bestselling author of American Assassin—now a major motion picture
America’s most powerful leader becomes its prime target, a “nightmarish” (Booklist) scenario made all-too-real in this Mitch Rapp thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn.
The stately calm of a Washington morning is shattered when a group of terrorists descends, killing dozens and taking nearly one hundred hostages as they massacre their way into the White House. The Secret Service evacuates the president to an underground bunker—and while officials argue over how to negotiate with the enemy, Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, moves stealthily among the hidden corridors and secret passageways of the executive mansion, to save the hostages before the terrorists reach the president. But another adversary—someone within Washington’s elite—is determined to see Rapp’s rescue mission fail.
In this long political thriller staged almost entirely around a hostage standoff, Flynn makes maximum use of his White House setting, and mixes in a spicy broth of brutal terrorists, heroic commandos and enough secret agent hijinks to keep the confrontation bubbling until its flag-raising end. The villains are led by Rafique Aziz, a notorious Arab terrorist whose band of thugs takes over the White House by finding a weak point in American politics: they pose as wealthy campaign contributors and are welcomed through the front door. President Robert Hayes manages to escape to his bunker moments before the bloodbath, but religious zealot Aziz takes almost 100 hostages, seals off the White House and begins making demands, of which large sums of cash are just the beginning. With the president incommunicado and weak-willed yet power hungry Vice President Sherman Baxter in charge, the Pentagon and the CIA resort to their secret weapon: commando extraordinaire Mitch Rapp. After sneaking into the bowels of the Executive Mansion through an air duct, Rapp steadily disrupts the terrorists' well-laid plans. He finally calls in reinforcements when Aziz begins drilling into the president's bunker. It's a long haul to the finish, but Flynn (Term Limits) compensates for some stereotyping by creating dynamic tension between the main players, especially between military leaders and politicians, and between Rapp and Aziz. His description of the White House is impressive; readers will wonder if the secret passageways, hidden rooms and clever deception devices that help load this story with seemingly endless intrigue, really exist.
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This book was fantastic. Vince Flynn draws you in immediately and his characters are so believable that you become immersed in the action from the get go. Pure genius...
What a great non-stop ride this read is! I had serious difficulty putting this book down at night. This is Washington DC at it’s best, and worst, with a few good guys and gals pulling out all of their tools to save the country from losing it’s President to fanatical terrorists.
Transfer of Power
Excellent plot filled with plenty of tension and violence involving the best counter-terrorism people in the Government and every elite combat group in the Military trying to rescue the President and retake the White House after terrorists seize and hold it for three days.
The weaknesses are in the stereotype politicians and others trying to exploit the crisis and the contrived actions--a woman reporter planting a kiss on the cheek of Rapp, the hero and one of those ultimate killers working for the good guys, just seconds before he murders one of the terrorists. Things like this were hard to swallow and distractions in the middle of the excellent action sequences.
Overall a very good killer-diller, You'll just will have to put up with some of the phony characters and typical plots that undermine the action.