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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: November 2000 ISBN: 9780743519663
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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.”

    Amazon.com

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

    Barnes&Noble.com

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 1/21/2014

    " Awesome!!! This was the first Mitch Rapp novel I read that really made me want to read them all in order. I felt like we got to know the main character more personally. Maybe it was the situations he was put in, but I'm anxious to keep reading this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Christensen | 1/21/2014

    " Very good book! Flynn tells an intriguing story with a mix of very strong characters. The ending left me hanging, though, and now I have to figure out which is the next book in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/15/2014

    " This type of book is not my usual fare, but I don't mind reading a "guy" book now and then. This was the first Vince Flynn novel I have read and liked it well enough. It had everything you'd expect from this genre: murder, machismo, politics and a love interest. Not necessarily in that order. There was a nice villain to hate and I think I will continue with this series, just so I can enjoy when he gets his comeuppance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Polson | 1/11/2014

    " A very entertaining book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg Zimmerman | 1/4/2014

    " Stupid filler novel for what's coming next in this story arc. Conclusion is a conversation. Dullest thriller ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 12/26/2013

    " Book 3 in Vince Flynn series. LOVED IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/15/2013

    " Such a good spy novel!!!! I need to get the next in the series, quickly . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/22/2013

    " This book was okay. I've read quite a few nail-biters in my time but this one didn't keep me on the edge of my seat. It probably could have told the story in 200 less pages. However, it was a fine story and tied up the loose edges neatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Green | 10/19/2013

    " I'm new to Mr. Flynn, but am thoroughly enjoying Mitch Rapp!! What great stories! And what a hero!. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 9/18/2013

    " The weakest of the Mitch Rapp books I have read so far, the plot is good but does seem to drag slightly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linnea | 8/8/2013

    " I liked this story - Mitch Rapp's character pulls me in for more and more. I wish the author would go back and tell the back story of Mitch's life that he alludes to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 7/24/2013

    " My favorite Mitch Rapp book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 6/10/2013

    " It was a quick and entertaining read for people who love Clive Cussler-esque technothrillers. Hah, my girlfriend calls these types of books "romance books for dudes." It's basically like an episode of 24. Loose plot, all action, all the time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Normataylor29 | 6/6/2013

    " Kill MeVery exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonn Blain | 5/28/2013

    " Fast paced, a good look behind the politics of the War on Terror. It reminds me of when I watched Mission Impossible in the '60s. Do things like that really go on? Concerning Mitch Raap...I hope so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 2/6/2013

    " Bummed that I had already read the next installment before I read this. Still a good entry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Wilson | 2/3/2013

    " Audiobook. Another good book from Vince Flynn. I read this one out of order...but I still really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 10/24/2012

    " Second book in the Mitch Rapp series. A fun read, but a disappointing sequel not up to the caliber of the first book. I hear they get better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/6/2012

    " 2.5 stars really. Meh. Was not nearly as good as the previous one. Won't quit the series just yet though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Ray | 4/4/2012

    " Great series... fur guys only, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciara | 2/14/2012

    " 3rd book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/7/2012

    " Mitch engaged, head of CIA dying, Mitch getting out of field - bad guy is Senator Clayton who set him up to be killed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derk | 12/4/2011

    " This is the 2nd book in the series I read and I did not enjoy it as much as the first one, which was later in the series. There seemed a lot of unnecessary padding in this book to fill the pages. Still, I did like it and will try another one, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten Petersen-Sikes | 8/19/2011

    " I towards the end of this and really like it. The characters are great. I need to get some of these from the library "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Carlson | 7/9/2011

    " Another great one by Vince Flynn!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 5/11/2011

    " Not as good as the previous book but still a good Vince Flynn novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 4/9/2011

    " I liked this book, as I have so far enjoyed the other Vince Flynn books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/19/2011

    " Good read. Definitely better than the first book of the series. Looking forward to starting the next book inthe series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 3/12/2011

    " Stupid filler novel for what's coming next in this story arc. Conclusion is a conversation. Dullest thriller ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 2/13/2011

    " No ending. Required to read next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/19/2011

    " Good suspence - all on gov't (CIA, FBI etc) and terrorism. Lots of characters - hard to keep track of who was good guy and who was bad guy or which 'team' they were on. Worst part - not all things wrapped up- left you hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 1/11/2011

    " Typical Vince Flynn political, espionage thriller and that is a good thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/9/2011

    " A good, fast moving book. Action and more action. Interesting and fun, not deep at all tho. "

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