"An action thriller with a great hero"
He had been in power for so long that he owned
presidents, but now CIA Director Thomas Stansfeld is dead
and much of DC celebrates. The festive mood changes to
horror when the realization begins to surface that
Stansfeld's top assistant, Dr. Irene Kennedy is his most
likely replacement. Her opposition has set in motion
powerful plans to wreck any permanent appointment of
However, Kennedy's biggest problem is that her star
assassin Mitch Rapp wants out as soon as he completes his
final mission. Soon Mitch learns that Iraq is closing in
on nuclear weaponry that Saddam protects beneath a hospital
cover. Mitch will lead the assault team on the facility
knowing that if he fails the Israelis will follow and a
wider war will ensue. In spite of the stakes, the extreme
elements opposed to Kennedy getting the top CIA job
including links to the Halls of Congress will do anything
to make Mitch fail even if World War III occurs.
The follow up to THE THIRD OPTION, SEPARATION OF POWER,
is a tremendous espionage thriller that never slows down
for even a moment. The story line is action-packed and
Mitch is what we need right now in Afghanistan even if he
wants to retire. Though some of the actions of the anti-
Kennedy group seem bizarre when weighed against the cost,
many readers will look at real terrorist acts and think
nothing much of the anti-Kennedy crowd, sad as that seems.
Once again, Vince Flynn provides a strong espionage
thriller that makes this author the prime option of choice
for genre fans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 28, 2001