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Separation of Power (A Mitch Rapp Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009
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So as Rapp tries to determine where the leak has come from, another disturbing national emergency emerges…it seems that the Israeli Intelligence Group Mossad has uncovered the location of Saddam Hussein’s secret construction of nuclear weapons (this work was published in 2001, pre 9/11 and prior to the hunt, capture and execution of the Iraqi madman in 2006), directly under a hospital in Baghdad where the largest amount of collateral damage would ensue should the U.S. choose to strike.
With multiple and highly intriguing storylines that follow, it becomes amazing to the reader how Flynn balances each plotline: the Iraqi problem does in fact eventually converge with the plot to kill Mitch and of course Anna Reilly plays an important part, which adds another tone to the overall context of the story. The big thing that continues to impress me with Flynn’s novels is his ability to saturate the work with an amazingly high level of technical expertise that he’s clearly garnered from various sources while still making it fiendishly readable. I recall seeing Vince on a “Morning Joe” interview once for one of his later books and one of the commentators remarking that his books were “like crack cocaine!”
Whether it’s a criticism or not, the reader should be aware that this book ends very abruptly…all loose ends get tidied up efficiently which, of course, is the exact point of these series novels. This ending simply sets you up for the next work in the series, Executive Power, 2003, which I feel very challenged to engage upon completing this. My hesitation, of course, is that the next book will end just like this and It’ll put me on an unending course that won't end until I complete them all!
On a completely side note, I also realize what a tremendous loss the literary community suffered in 2013 with Vince’s passing. And with respect to Kyle Mills continuation of the Mitch Rapp series using Vince Flynn’s name, I was initially aghast that anyone would slander Vince or the Rapp character…my feeling, though, is that although I currently have no intention of reading anyone who would shamelessly exploit this brilliant author’s name, upon further review and as a proviso, when I near completion of the Vince series, I (who understands myself far too well) may very well find myself hopelessly addicted to Mitch's final outcome and I may very well fall into a shameful self-shallowness and pick up these objectifying efforts…all with tremendous guilt of course.
We shall see...in the meantime, though, I'm fairly satisfied that I've recognized the problem and I hope to rectify it one way or another before I confront the issue and have to face it again with the very same authorial exploiters of Tom Clancy's legacy. As for the actual Vince Flynn catalogue, I find them completely enjoyable and look forward to the next in the series.
In his series of Mitch Rapp novels, Vince Flynn grabs your attention and his face-paced story-telling style holds it in a vice-like grip. I found myself unable to put any of his novels down once I started them. Considering the fact that most of these novels run somewhere between 500 and 700 pages, this is no small feat for any author.
I have read every one of the Mitch Rapp novels and believe me when I say that there is not a bad apple on that tree. Each of these novels may be read as a stand-alone but you may find yourself with a better grasp of the overall flow of characters and events if you read them in proper sequence. By the way, the proper reading sequence cannot be determined by publication date alone as a couple of the Mitch Rapp novels were written (more or less) as prequels. I recommend that you read these novels in the following sequence:
(1) "American Assassin"
(2) "Kill Shot"
(3) "Transfer of Power"
(4) "The Third Option"
(5) "Separation of Power"
(6) "Executive Power"
(7) "Memorial Day"
(8) "Consent to Kill"
(9) "Act of Treason"
(10) "Protect and Defend"
(11) "Extreme Measures"
(12) "Pursuit of Honor"
There is another novel ("The Survivor") in the Mitch Rapp series scheduled to begin shipping in hardback around October 8, 2013 by Simon & Schuster and it can be pre-purchased via Amazon.com.
Irene Kennedy is now the CIA Director and the Israeli Mosaad provides details of Saddam's nuclear weapon development. Mitch fights between his secret life, his life with Anna and the life of political espionage.
I wasn't sure how this book would go, now that things have significantly changed for Mitch. Although I think Book 6 is going to explain a lot as far as how Mitch will progress in the "new life". But Separation of Power definitely sets up for the next story. Especially in the end, I was on the edge of my seat as the book seemed to race through Mitch's undercover operation!
It is a dangerous world out there and Mitch Rapp's goal in life in to make it less dangerous for the USA.