The Third Option

The Third Option

by Vince Flynn

Mitch Rapp, CIA's top counterterrorism operative, is sent on his final mission. His target, a German Industrialist who has been selling sensitive equipment to the worlds most notorious sponsors of terrorism.

  • Series: Mitch Rapp
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 4.27
  • Pages: 402
  • Publish Date: 2004
  • Isbn10: 0743499697
  • Isbn13: 9780743499699

What People Think about "The Third Option"

Again, liked it, but not my favorite political thriller. A book for hard core political thriller fans, but probably not all that enticing for anyone else.

But for whatever reason, I've never been very fond of books about these sorts of characters. (I have no idea why I can do this for a movie but not a book; go figure.) At any rate, for this reason I have never read a Vince Flynn book featuring his series character, Mitch Rapp. I recognize that Flynn does (or did) what he does very well, and I know that this sort of book appeals to large numbers of readers. In such cases, the C.I.A., or some other super-secret government agency, may resort to the "third option," which is to send in a highly-trained killer to deal secretly with the problem, even though such action may be illegal, immoral, or unconstitutional. The director dispatches Mitch Rapp to kill the industrialist and other activities are also mapped out which will hopefully suggest that the Iraqis or some other nasty folks have assassinated the guy, deflecting any attention away from the U.S. Inevitably, problems arise and it turns out that our hero is caught up in a nasty Washington, D.C. turf battle. In this case, however, the woman walks into a building, and for no reason whatsoever, instead of taking the elevator, she climbs four flights of stairs in her four-inch heels! (view spoiler) When Rapp shows up at the mansion to kill the German industrialist, he's accompanied by a female partner. Anybody who's ever read even a couple of these books could figure out a way that Flynn could have finessed this problem without having the character do something so stupid.

I guess I just flat out enjoy the simple good versus evil plotting and the predictability of knowing Rapp will win out in the end, no matter how impossible his situation seems. But first, they must take Rapp out of the equation and do it in such a way that it looks like Kennedy is responsible.

This is a good book, timely and well done.

This sort of book doesn't abridge well.

Anna, who has become Mitch's love interest, is an idiot and gets herself taken by the bad guys. Bad guy Sen. Hank Clark gets away in the end. Flynn tries to connect all the people in previous books, like a dumb romance novel. Then we have a flurry of hiring assassins to off the multiple layers that Mitch is peeling back to find out who is behind it all the German couple is offed by Peter Cameron and Villaume and Marco (hired by Cameron), Cameron is offed by Donatella (hired by Clark), Marco is offed by Duser (hired by Cameron), Duser is offed by Mitch, who took Anna.

I'm guessing that Separation of Power, the next book in the series will pick up where The Third Option left off.

James Bond would probably kill to get his hands on Mitch Rapp's custom-made leather overcoat. Bond wouldn't stand a chance against Mitch Rapp, of course. Mitch is not a good team player, preferring to work on his own when at all possible. Typical Mitch Rapp fare, with the exception of the ending.

More like 1.5 stars, but I'll round up because Mitch Rapp is still a favorite character of mine. Minus 1 star. I have the next three books already and I've checked the reviews.

In 1990 he left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life. Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities.