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The Third Option (Mitch Rapp Series #2)

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14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Exciting thriller

THE THIRD OPTION is the dark, dangerous world of covert operations where governments use agents to kill their enemies without sanctioning their activities. Mitch Rapp, a member of the Orion Team, has abided by the rules of the game for a decade. Now that he is in love,...
THE THIRD OPTION is the dark, dangerous world of covert operations where governments use agents to kill their enemies without sanctioning their activities. Mitch Rapp, a member of the Orion Team, has abided by the rules of the game for a decade. Now that he is in love, Mitch wants to resign after years as a patriotic universal soldier.

His last assignment calls for him to assassinate a German industrialist helping Hussein rebuild the Iraqi nuclear arsenal. After completing the mission, one of his peers tries to eliminate Mitch, but fails to kill the operative. Alone and hunted, Mitch manages to return to the States to attempt to uncover the identity of the individual paying the assassination bills. When his enemy grabs his beloved girlfriend, Mitch vows to kill everyone who might be involved even if it means raiding the Halls of Congress and the White House.

Vince Flynn, author of TERM LIMITS and TRANSFER OF POWER, writes another powerful political espionage thriller that keeps reader's interest from the first page to the last line. There are numerous interesting subplots augmenting the story line, but the heart of THE THIRD OPTION remains the protagonist. Mitch wants to come into the heat of love and out from the cold, but struggles to bury his previous life without it interring him. From almost the onset, readers know who the villains are, but that does not slow down this thrill a page novel.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Third Option a Mediocre Third Effort

As a thriller afficiando, a new friend suggested that I try Vince Flynn. I decided to start at the beginning and read his first two novels quickly as he is an easy read. I enjoyed both immensely, but Third Option failed to reach the bar Flynn set with TERM LIMITS and ...
As a thriller afficiando, a new friend suggested that I try Vince Flynn. I decided to start at the beginning and read his first two novels quickly as he is an easy read. I enjoyed both immensely, but Third Option failed to reach the bar Flynn set with TERM LIMITS and TRANSFER OF POWER. One of the problems an author faces when using the same characters in an endless series of thrillers is how to re-introduce them to the reader who already knows their history, yet make them able to stand alone for those who are new to the author. Flynn's solution to this problem in THE THIRD OPTION made for long and often boring references to numerous characters' histories and very slow going by experienced Rapp, O'Rourke, Coleman, Stansfield, & Kennedy fans. These history lessons were obviously aimed at the new reader, who Flynn tries to force feed the facts of two prior novels by going off into tangets as each of the characters arrive. Adding the president, a girlfriend and a wife to the others, this is way too much exposition for any story. If Flynn repeats this method of introduction in the future I will not get through another one of his books. Lee Child is an expert in the manner in which he re-introduces Jack Reacher to newcomers, but one character is obviously easier to accomplish that with than eight. But my criticism does not stop there. Having Mitch Rapp as a hero works well-but here he is the hero, but he did not translate well to being the target and main subject of the story. Flynn obviously knows this because this entire book is really exposition for his next novel, The SEPARATION OF POWER, which means that THE THIRD OPTION really has no ending. One critic called Flynn "shameless" for misleading his readers on with a book that ends with a sequel. I agree. But I will read the sequel anyway

posted by Brewer on May 18, 2009

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    Good, starts slow but ends pretty intense

    It took a while to get into it.. Not as action packed right out of the gate as the first one but by the end I wanted the next one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    Getting better and better!

    This is the fifth Mitch Rapp book I've read and I really enjoyed it. The story is fast paced and has a satisfying conclusion. There are elements of the plot that remained unresolved, but it feels like this may be taken care of in a later book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    AUDITION/ JOINING ROOM

    Where you join.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    A must read!

    Excellent! Keeps you in suspense and your attention. Very hard to put it down.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    An excellent read. Tough to put down.

    Flynn is one of my favorite authors, and his books do not disappoint.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Highly recommendd this book

    Very exciting book, suspense, action and a very good plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    If you like spy novels this is a must.

    Keeps you interested from the beginning until the end. I am going to continue reading all of the Mitch Rapp Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Excellent read!! Keeps your interest

    New to Mitch Rapp series. Great central character! Favorably compares to Jason Bourne!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Third option review

    Action packed thriller novel touching on important current issues.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Lots of action, intrigue, and our hero Rapp gets him man but not without a shocking suprise.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    If you enjoy the others, you will enjoy this.

    Overall, this was a good to very good book. I found it a little less captivating than some of the past books by Mr. Flynn. Still a must read for Mitch Rapp fans.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    Exciting

    Drama, intrigue, and perfectly believable. Reading them all. They just keep getting better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    Vince Flynn does it again

    Thought the story was great and held my interest to the end. Premise of story was scary but seemed within the realm of possibility. I like the tech "stuff". Sometimes Vince gets wordy but for the most part the story and characters were great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Mitch Rapp

    Great Book

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    Good espionage/adventure novel

    The plot and story move along well, but it does lack in other areas, such as character development, none of the people seem to change or grow though out the whole book. I have read two other books by Vince Flynn (Term limits and Transfer of Power) and which are very similar. If you are looking for a book to escape into this is one that could work very well. Mitch Rapp is a lone wolf taking the bad guys out without fear or hesitation, filling the pages with excitement and adveture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    Classic Flynn

    Another great book for Flynn. Everyone's favorite spy Mitch Rapp does it again.

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