Vince Flynn introduces CIA agent Mitch Rapp as a recurring character in this thriller written in 1999. The plot examines what would happen if the US President were imprisoned during a terrorist occupation of the White House.
The Main Body:
Super-spy Mitch Rapp is called in by his boss at the CIA when terrorists posing as wealthy campaign contributors take over the White House and hold more than 100 people hostage. The President manages to escape to his safe room just before being captured, but he is unable to lead the country, a fact that puts his rather slimy Vice-President in charge.
With Washington in chaos, Rapp sneaks into the presidential residence through the ventilation system and manages to disrupt the evildoers’ plans while working to get the hostages out safely. The descriptions of hidden passageways, underground security systems and cunning techniques that Rapp must use to carry out his mission are quite believable and almost make the listener wonder if the author has access to some classified information.
The tension builds throughout the story until the final showdown between forces of good and evil. Since Transfer of Power was published well before the tragic events of September 11, 2001, listeners will be impressed with Flynn’s ability to see weaknesses in the security apparatus of the US and his prophetic writing about Middle Eastern extremists.
The author has obviously done his research on the inner workings of the Pentagon, Secret Service and other intelligence agencies. In Mitch Rapp, Flynn has created an appealing hero with enough human foibles thrown in to make him seem lifelike. There are now nine books featuring the quick-thinking Rapp, and a tenth is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2009. Lovers of thrillers or political action stories will be pleased with the tight plot construction Vince Flynn is known for
As an avid reader as well as an audio book consumer, I have to say that this abridged recorded version of the book is not as satisfying as the complete novel. Character development suffers from the editing and much of the crisp description is lost. However, folks looking for a fast-moving story filled with non-stop action and intrigue will find Transfer of Power a good diversion.
Daniel Oreskes does a good job of depicting the fast-paced exploits of Rapp and the other characters. His deep voice is easy to understand and he is skilled at capturing the tension of the storyline without speaking so quickly that he is hard to understand. All in all, Transfer of Power will keep most listeners involved and engaged the basic aim of every audio book