Title:                      Transfer of Power

Author:                Vince Flynn

Flynn, Vince (1999, 2015). Transfer of Power. New York: Pocket Books,

LCCN:    2015295431

PS3556.L94 T73 2015


Date Posted:      January 3, 2017

Caveat. Perpendat itaque lector cavendum (civilis).[1]


Second-novelist Flynn (Term Limits, 1998) returns, this time with an overstuffed political thriller about bad guys kidnapping the White House.

With the President in it–though at first he’s presumed safe, hunkered down in his custom-built bunker, having been spirited there just in time by the Secret Service. The main meanie is one Rafique Aziz, zealot, all-around nutcase, and valued henchman of Saddam Hussein. Rotten to the core understates it for Aziz. He won’t even let his hostages go to the bathroom. He has over a hundred of them, and the deal is the US either complies with his demands–(1) release Iraq’s frozen assets, (2) end the onerous Iraqi blockade, and (3) support a free and autonomous Palestinian state now!–or he shoots a hostage an hour. To demonstrate his bona fides, he dispatches a couple on national TV. It’s a crisis that cries out for Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterintelligence operative, “the most efficient and lethal killer in the modern era of the Agency.” Mitch, code name Iron Man, who lost his high-school sweetheart in Pan Am flight 103 and has been relentlessly vengeful ever since, gains access to the White House. Bloody-minded Aziz booby-traps everything in sight. Meanwhile, power has now been transferred to the Vice President, who proves himself a double-dealing sneak and errant coward. Mitch rescues a female hostage and falls in love. A lot of people get their heads blown off by MP-5 submachine guns. When at last the President is saved, he tells Mitch and his mates how much the country owes them. The reply: “I was just doing my duty.” But where is the dastardly Aziz? Unfortunately, it takes an epilogue to do him in.

The prose is pedestrian, the plotting predictable, the characters comic strip, and the end long in coming.

[1] On occasion, personal loyalties and opinions can be carved in stone and defended with a vengeance — at times with some venom thrown in. In these situations, the actual importance of the subject matter is dwarfed by the amount of aggression expressed. Retain a sense of proportion in all online and in-person discussions. [From The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies.]


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