"Transfer of Power" is the second book set in Vince Flynn's post 9/11 world and the first to feature his main character and protagonist throughout nearly every one of his books. This protagonist is a CIA super-agent named Mitch Rapp, a highly trained, extremely dangerous, American assassin, whom many readers, including myself, have grown to love.
Basically the plot of the book is told from different angles, including Mitch Rapp, various workers from the CIA and FBI, the new White House news correspondent Anna Reilly, and even from the perspective of the terrorists themselves. Since this is the first book to feature many of these characters, there is a decent amount of insight given on each of them in the first few chapters that each is featured in. This helps the reader get a pretty decent grasp on their personalities and allows you to help guess at some of their actions.
The conflict of the story begins when terrorists manage to get inside the White House perimeter and then, in a matter of minutes, wreck enough havoc to create a big confusion that allows them to gain control of the building. In the confusion, the president, his chief of staff, and a few of the high-ranking Secret Service agents manage to make it to the underground bunker. However, the terrorists have found a way to drill into the bunker, yet the military is frozen for the terrorists also have nearly 100 hostages, many of them being part of the current administration such as the National Security Advisor. There is a conflict; can the presidents life be placed over innocent American citizens, how can anyone make these decisions? Enter, Mitch Rapp.
Mitch Rapp eventually comes up a plan that involves him sneaking into the White House and slowly getting some information on the defenses the terrorists have set up, along helping conduct a rescue mission from within the enemy fortifications. Once inside, he meets Anna Reilly who is among the hostages. I will note here though, this is one of the parts I thought could have been written better. Reilly's character seems a little sporadic when she is around Rapp and I didn't like that. I realize that Vince Flynn is trying to show how being a hostage was a big ordeal so I don't expect her to be perfect, but her attitude towards whatever situation they are in seems to fluctuate a bit too much.. maybe it's just me?
I personally thought it was a great way for Vince Flynn to get the electrifying-ly exciting series off the ground. I think the setting was excellent; with the exception of the Statue of Liberty what is more symbolic of America than the White House, having it being taken by terrorists really makes for an thrilling and suspenseful plot. Plus it does a pretty good job of getting the reader the need-to-know insight on most of the characters for future books (for nearly every character in this book re-appears at least once somewhere later in the Mitch Rapp series.) As I said earlier, the only thing that bugged me a little with this book were the characters, specifically Anna Reilly. Maybe I just think it's weird because her behavior seems so irregular compared to what it is like in the later books. If it weren't for her rather constant nagging about everything in this book this book would get a perfect rating. Unfortunately though, her being a bit irritating to have around in the story is forcing me to bring this down to a 4-star rating.
If you're into thrillers than I highly recommend this book to you as it could basically define the thriller genre. Even if you are not though, fans of other genres like political fiction or action/adventure would still probably get a huge enjoyment out of reading this book too, so I would recommend it to a very large audience of people. As for where you can purchase it, the best place would probably be off of Amazon, you're likely to save a bit of money for buying it used.
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