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4.00008712319219 out of 54.00008712319219 out of 54.00008712319219 out of 54.00008712319219 out of 54.00008712319219 out of 5 4.00 (11,478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vince Flynn Narrator: Armand Schultz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mitch Rapp Series Release Date:
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When diplomacy has failed and military intervention is deemed inappropriate, our leaders often turn to a silent and dark community for results. This is a course of action not always taken by wise and honorable men. In certain circles it is known as The Third Option.

Fresh from retaking a battle-scarred White House after a vicious terrorist attack on the president, Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent on his final mission. His target: a well-known German industrialist who has been selling highly sensitive equipment to one of the world’s most notorious sponsors of terrorism. As Rapp meticulously prepares to take the man out, he has no idea that there are forces within his own government that are plotting to use him.

The conspirators have devised a bold plan that will damage the president and ruin the career of the incoming director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Unfortunately, they have made one horrible miscalculation: they have chosen Mitch Rapp as their pawn. Their worst nightmare is about to be realized. They have enraged one of the most lethal and efficient killers the CIA has ever produced—and he will stop at nothing until he finds out who set him up.

With action that sizzles from the opening paragraph and insider details that bring the story to vivid life, The Third Option showcases a New York Times bestselling author at the peak of his storytelling powers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the kind of book that gets fans of espionage/political intrigue excited. Lots of action, insider details.”

    Strand Magazine

  • “This is a strong, swift thriller…Flynn sustains the dramatic tension from the opening paragraph to the last.”


  • “A high-octane barn-burner featuring the ever-impressive, ever-resilient Rapp.” 


  • “Fans of Tom Clancy will enjoy this work of international intrigue…Definitely worth purchasing.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Flynn hits his stride in this thriller about high-end Washington politics…[His] high-energy prose sets a terrific pace, and he generates plenty of suspense.”


  • A Strand Magazine Pick for Top 10 CIA Novels

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Will | 4/26/2016

    " Vince Flynn is the Tom Clancy but not revolving around the cold war era, and more involved with the Middle east enemy. His books are highly exciting and easy to pick up and listen to on and off. I highly recommend all of his books and may he rest in peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sadie | 2/18/2014

    " This is my second Mitch Rapp book and enjoyed this one as much as the first. It was engaging and had some intense moments. Not my typical reading material, but enjoyable none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew | 1/24/2014

    " Kept me interested from the first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grace Hagen | 1/24/2014

    " This book was a really great book to read if you're already a fan of Mitch Rapp books. It was kind of a turning point in his career, and it didn't have as much over-seas action as most of the books. If you really only read these books for their action, you might be disappointed by how much of this book was dealing with the politicians. It still had action, and some really important plot developments, but it wasn't my favorite vince flynn book. "

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