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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vince Flynn Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mitch Rapp Series Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781442346178
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn delivers a heart-pounding novel that poses an alarming and timely question right out of today’s headlines: What if America’s most powerful leader was also its prime target?

On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken.

Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative sent in to take control of the crisis, determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought. Indeed, Rapp has made a chilling discovery that could rock Washington to its core: someone within his own government wants his rescue attempt to fail.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fast paced, politically charged, top-notch.”

    Strand Magazine

  • “A slick political thriller…moves at a breakneck speed…You won’t be able to put it down.”

    Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)

  • “Flynn knows how to deliver action in his novels, and Transfer of Power has all the earmarks of a story headed for the movie screen.” 

    Pioneer Press (St. Paul)

  • “A spicy broth of brutal terrorists, heroic commandos and enough secret agent hijinks to keep the confrontation bubbling until its flag-raising end…[Flynn’s] 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.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Flynn delivers a riveting espionage thriller that will satisfy action fans who like Chuck Logan but won’t alienate readers who want a little nuance with their suspense.”

    Booklist

  • Transfer of Power emerges in its sense of authenticity, depth of research, and almost seamless dramatic scenario…One of Flynn’s finest skills as an up-and-coming young master of the genre of political thrillers is his ability to create a cast of compelling characters.” 

    BookPage

  • A Strand Magazine Pick for Top 10 CIA Novels

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/19/2014

    " Started slow, and seemed a tad too long. But, i did have a hard time putting it down once i got into it. And I always love a book with Mitch Rapp! Will definitely be reading the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charleen | 2/15/2014

    " I like Mitch Rapps spirit of freedom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenny McGinnis | 2/3/2014

    " I liked this book from beginning to end! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruceschneider21 | 1/31/2014

    " I have undertaken the reading of all of the Mitch Rapp books. This is an early one written in 1997. I am sure it would have been seen as more current with the middle east situation at that time, but it was still valid today with the Iran situation heating up again. I could not put this one down. Mitch did a fine job even using two other characters to get the job done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Rhee | 1/31/2014

    " Back in the days of the Cold War and the Evil Empire, Tom Clancy was king of the military techno-thriller. I'll be honest, I stopped reading Clancy after "Rainbow Six", which was a lot of right-wing garbage about eco-terrorists who want to release a poisonous gas at the Olympics because they were pissed off people weren't recycling aluminum cans... or something like that. Nowadays, Clancy doesn't even write his own books. He just puts his name on the cover to sell copies, much like other "franchise" authors: James Patterson and Clive Cussler, to name two. Don't get me wrong: Clancy wrote some great books. To this day, I still think "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" are still among the top 20 best books I have ever read. Thankfully, Vince Flynn has kind of taken over the throne that Clancy once sat in. In 1999, Flynn published his first book, "Transfer of Power", in which radical Islamist terrorists take over the White House in an attempt to take the President hostage. Keep in mind that this was two short years away from September 11. It's a bit creepy when one reads it with a post-9/11 knowledge (obviously unavoidable), but it is a riveting and suspenseful thriller nonetheless. Basically "Die Hard" in the White House, with a little "24" thrown in, "TOP" pits CIA counter-terrorism expert Mitch Rapp against an intelligent, conniving Hezbollah leader named Rafique Aziz. In one of the most exciting hostile takeover scenes ever written, Aziz and his men infiltrate the White House grounds and proceed to take over the most security-laden building in the country. The ensuing firefight between the Hezbollah warriors and the Secret Service and U.S. Marines stationed in the White House rivals any of the best action scenes Clancy ever wrote, and I say that with the greatest respect for Clancy's skill at creating suspense and writing superb action scenes. Once in, Aziz takes the survivors hostage. President Hayes, along with an aide and several Secret Service agents, have made it safely to the underground bunker beneath the White House, but communications with the outside world has been cut off. No one outside the White House knows if the President is even alive, although they must operate under the assumption that he is. Meanwhile, because the President is not around to fulfill his duty, the Vice-President must step in. VP Baxter is an incompetent with a campaign-mentality. He is driven by the polls and not what is necessarily right or the best for the country. With the advice of a conniving and self-aggrandizing aide (I can't help but picture Karl Rove in this role), Baxter takes steps to ensure that President Hayes and the hostages stay in the White House for as long as possible. I'm not lying when I say that this is one of this books that was incredibly difficult to put down. It is literally non-stop action from beginning to end, and I look forward to reading more books by Flynn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/28/2014

    " Excellent from start to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 False Millennium | 1/26/2014

    " I'm still working through Flynn's writings. This one was also enjoyable. Well researched (or re-creating) the rooms of the White House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Gilbert | 1/15/2014

    " Great series! My dad got me hooked on Vince Flynn. Love the books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/14/2014

    " Outstanding; Continuing character: Mitch Rapp (first in series); terrorists take over the White House, and a special CIA agent works to rescue the President and numerous hostages while politicians and generals wage a war of their own "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie W | 1/3/2014

    " Entertaining. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Sawczyn | 12/24/2013

    " Wow, a fantastic book and I can tell, the beginning of a fantastic series. If thrillers, or novels involving espionage/paramilitary/special forces are your thing, you'll not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgina Shores | 12/10/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Mitch Rapp is the perfect hero: rugged, determined, borderline genius with an ax to grind. He has to rescue the president from a terrorist who is holding the white house hostage. If you liked the tv show "24", then you will enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth A | 11/28/2013

    " Exciting, page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Holmes | 11/27/2013

    " This is the first book introducing Mitch Rapp. It is a good read, a real page turner. I can't wait to read the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Shanker | 11/27/2013

    " Good thriller about terrorism. Really fast read. Just started another book in the series... Separation of Power. So far, so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Haus | 11/6/2013

    " One of the best Mitch rapp books i have read yet. Lots of action and hard to put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Howland | 10/30/2013

    " This is the 3rd book in the series. Great book. Very exciting and suspenseful. Can not wait to read more of his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro | 10/17/2013

    " Wow. What a ride is all I can say... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 2/28/2013

    " Good book when you are in the mood for a CIA thriller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 2/15/2013

    " Loved it! Love the main character, Mitch Rapp. So nice to read books that remind us of how men, such as him, put their lives on the line for this country every day in ways that we will never know. Can't wait to read the next one and see what Mitch does next! Definately would recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/2/2013

    " Entertaining mindless read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andis Harasani | 10/22/2012

    " Not the best Flynn "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B.h. | 9/6/2012

    " brillant and nice action through out.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 5/19/2012

    " ANother terrific Flynn thriller. What a great action writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Rosen | 11/22/2011

    " This was a fun, light read (for an action novel). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 10/31/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 9/20/2011

    " Definitely will be continuing the series. Great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/1/2011

    " Standard political thriller. Dragged a little. Wrapped up quick. But entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jgordon | 7/23/2011

    " enjoy Flynn; fast reads; political thrillers appeal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linnea | 6/17/2011

    " another great novel - like candy.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JC | 5/2/2011

    " Another decent entry in this series. I am finding it harder and harder to focus on these books so maybe I'll take a break from them for a while and come back to them if I can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 4/27/2011

    " Another very good entry in the Mitch Rapp series. No break in the action, and lots of characters to root for or against. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 3/29/2011

    " Senator Clark finally gets what he deserves for trying to kill Mitch in the last book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 3/12/2011

    " My favorite of the series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 2/22/2011

    " I really enjoy Vince Flynn's character, Mitch Rapp. Books are almost always fast-moving and well-paced suspense novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dolores | 2/4/2011

    " Now onto book 3. Love snow days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/21/2011

    " Another great Mitch Rapp thriller! This seris is hard to put down, and e-readers make it too easy to buy all the books in the series and just keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/18/2011

    " Fast paced. Resolved some plot lines that needed trimming. Some of his characters are a bit charactured. "

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About the Author
Author Vince Flynn

Vince Flynn (1966–2013) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After struggling for years to get published, his first novel, Term Limits, hit the New York Times bestseller list and started a trend for all of his novels, which have become perennial bestsellers. He earned a sterling reputation for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of radical Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

About the Narrator

Nick Sullivan has worked extensively on Broadway and at many theaters throughout the United States. His television credits include The Good Wife, Madame Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, Alpha House, Royal Pains, All My Children, Reading Rainbow, and all three Law & Order series. Film credits include Our Idiot Brother, Prison Song, and Puccini for Beginners. He has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, is an Audie Award winner, and has received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.