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Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top counter-terrorism agent, is sent on his final mission - to eliminate a European industrialist who has been supplying highly sensitive equipment to one of the world's most notorious sponsors of terrorism. He doesn't know that the ultimate target of this mission is himself....

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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Third Option Reviews

  • Matthew
    2019-02-19 12:39

    Entertaining. Not quite as enjoyable or "complete" and the last Flynn book I read. This book seemed to be a lot more back story and prep for future books than a self contained story. That being said, I did like the book okay and it read very quickly once I got into it. It is a story of government corruption and political intrigue that takes place about a year after the last book. For 400 pages the action seemed kind of limited - unlike the last book where I couldn't figure out how they fit so much action into one book. Again, liked it, but not my favorite political thriller. My biggest pet peeve about this book is that it had two main characters with almost identical last names (which is, of course, how they were referred to) - Coleman and Cameron. Every scene that started with one of them I had to stop and think hard about which one I was dealing with - context almost never helped in the first few pages. So many names to choose from, why not pick something else!A book for hard core political thriller fans, but probably not all that enticing for anyone else.

  • James Thane
    2019-02-17 10:37

    As a general rule, I often enjoy movies about super-stud, kick-ass spies like James Bond or Jason Bourne, who are often caught up in labyrinthian plots where everyone is betraying everyone else and you never know who to trust. But for whatever reason, I've never been very fond of books about these sorts of characters. The characters often seem very one-dimensional and the plots are so completely over the top that I just can't suspend disbelief long enough to spend three or four hours reading them. (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. But then this month one of my book clubs selected Flynn's novel The Third Option and trooper that I am, I sat down and read it. I didn't hate the book, and I'm actually glad I read it just for the experience. 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. But again, I just couldn't buy into it, and my three-star rating may be unfair because it really reflects the fact that this book, however well done, is just not my cup of tea.The book takes its title from the notion that the United States occasionally faces problems where diplomacy doesn't work and where full-scale military action would be inappropriate. 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.In this case, a German industrialist has been secretly selling equipment to Saddam Hussein which would enable Iraq to build a nuclear weapon. (This book was published in 2000, before we invaded Iraq and long before we realized that Hussein actually had no such weapons.) In this case, the C.I.A. resorts to the "third option," although naturally it would never admit to doing so. 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. The director of the C.I.A. is dying and there's a major struggle over his successor. Rapp's mission is compromised by forces in the government opposed to the director's chosen successor. Once this happens, all hell breaks loose and the bodies are going to be falling left and right. There's very little hope that this might turn out well, and what little hope there is rides on the broad shoulders of Mitch Rapp.As I said, to my mind this is an "okay" book, but it could have been better. There are a ton of characters parading through the book and it's very hard to keep them all straight. Flynn complicates matters by naming one of the main characters Cameron and another Coleman. They're often on the scene together and every time one of them appears, the reader has to stop and try to remember which of the two is the really bad guy and which is the sort-of-okay guy. There's no excuse for an author complicating matters like that.In books like this virtually all of the women are super-sexy vixens. Some of them are assassins too, and for some reason, most of these women seemed to have been trained by the Israelis. These women are cool customers and hardened killers, and most of them seem to have discovered that they love guns even better than sex. One such woman appears in this book and when we first meet her, she's walking down the streets in Milan in four-inch heels. The shoes are not particularly comfortable, but if a female character wants to appear in a book like this, she has to make the necessary sacrifices.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! Only in a book like this would any woman do such a thing.My major complaint about the book has to do with action that occurs very early on. (view spoiler)[ When Rapp shows up at the mansion to kill the German industrialist, he's accompanied by a female partner. On the way out the door, she asks Rapp if he's wearing his Kevlar vest and he says no. Once Rapp has killed the industrialist and his bodyguard, the woman then turns and shoots Rapp twice in the chest. (She has double-crossed him for reasons too complicated to explain.) She then high-tails it out of the room, leaving Rapp dead on the floor behind her. But, of course, he really isn't dead, because, contrary to what he told her, he really is wearing Kevlar, and so he will rise up and wreak serious vengeance on those who set him up.This development takes the reader right out of the story because anyone knows that even the most incompetent hit person on the planet always finishes off his victim with a shot to the head. But not this woman. Of course, she can't do that or the book will end on page 25, but the whole scene is totally nonsensical. 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. But, for me at least, this scene, which was supposed to be one of great tension, turned into a laugh-out-loud moment, and it made it even harder to take any of the rest of the book even remotely seriously. (hide spoiler)]Again, I'm glad I read the book, just for the experience. But I probably won't be lining up to read another.

  • Ed
    2019-03-12 09:13

    I often ask myself what is it that I enjoy about the "Mitch Rapp" series by Vince Flynn. I read these books in two or three days and feel like I've just had a proverbial Chinese meal two hours after which I'm hungry again. 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. In this volume, Rapp is bedeviled by political operators with an agenda that is not necessarily in the country's best interest. His mentor and protector, Dr. Irene Kennedy, is due to be named CIA Director, replacing the legendary Thomas Stansfield. This possibility makes a lot of people both inside and outside the agency angry. But first, they must take Rapp out of the equation and do it in such a way that it looks like Kennedy is responsible. Fortunately Rapp senses something is wrong on a mission to assassinate a well connected German arms dealer and survives an attempt on his life. He then sets out to discover and punish those who tried to set him up. As you can imagine the characters are not the most believable people. Nor is the plot particularly complicated. The reader pretty much knows who's who and what their motivations are. However, Flynn writes a heck of an action packed story that, as I said earlier, can carry the reader along to it's exciting and satisfying conclusion.

  • Paul O'Neill
    2019-02-28 06:33

    Awesome!! Very well written. This is the closest you'll get to 24. Flew through this and can't wait to start the next one.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-12 10:19

    No apologies, I'm a Vince Flynn fan. He rasies hackles in some circles simply when his name is mentioned, but if you'll give him a fair read you might be surprised. This is a frank story, Mitch Rapp has been sent on an assassination mission, only to be betrayed. Who's behind it? Who ordered it? and later in the book, who's tying up all those pesky loose ends? No all the democrats aren't bad guys and all the republicans aren't good guys. The politics like the violence are frank and no punches pulled.This is a good book, timely and well done.

  • Jim
    2019-03-09 07:18

    Abridged. Ugh. I hate it when that's not well displayed. This sort of book doesn't abridge well. It just makes all the tropes that much more obvious & this series has enough trouble with those anyway. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun action series, but that's all it is. There's never a real twist, just the hero doing heroic things & rising from the sewage where he's landed into the presidential rose garden one time after another. Abridging it turns it into a comic book.

  • Ashish Iyer
    2019-02-26 07:43

    After reading Flynn's first three books, American Assassin,Kill Shot and Transfer Of Power, I was looking forward to another tale of non-stop action and thrills. Much to my surprise, however, The Third Option,was a bit disappointment. The plot was dragged out and the action was neither very exciting nor frequent enough. Further, the biggest letdown in this book pertained to it's conclusion -- or lack thereof. The Third Option ends leaving the reader "hanging." Flynn is an author that I felt I could count on for edge-of-your-seat suspense and a very satisfying reading experience. Unfortunately, Flynn let me down big-time in his fourth effort featuring Mitch Rapp. I'm hoping that this book was just a fluke and that the others in the series will live up to the high expectations I have when I pick up a Vince Flynn book.

  • Marcie
    2019-03-04 10:31

    This second Mitch Rapp novel has got serious, annoying problems.3rd Option – I did not like this 3rd book in the series. Anna, who has become Mitch's love interest, is an idiot and gets herself taken by the bad guys. Mitch wants to quit and marry her. This whole idea of Mitch in a real romance does not work for me. 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. Recurring character Scott Coleman assists him, Dumond is his computer geek (how many times have I read the paragraph outlining Dumond's background!). Anna was supposed to stay w/ Congressman O’Rourke (Book 1) for protection.The story started off great -- he is double-crossed and shot in Germany while assassinating a rich German guy who funnels cash to terrorists. 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. It gets dumb.The top of the food chain is Clark who gets away, and he was doing it all to bring the CIA under investigation and make Irene look bad (she’s poised to take over CIA as Stansfield’s death is imminent) so he could look good enough to run for pres in the future? Weak. And he keeps re-hashing what happened in previous books.I sense Flynn grappling with real execution issues as he settles into the role of author of a modern-day, action, spy-assassin hero. Don't get me wrong, I love Flynn, but remember the first macrame weaving you did at summer camp when you were 14? The strings were going in different directions, then you remembered them hanging out there flapping, tried to weave them back in, encountered some knotty problems, so you just whacked them off and tucked them under, hoping no one would notice?And have I mentioned yet how much I hate the Anna character? She is no match for Mitch Rapp. She's insipid.

  • Corey
    2019-03-08 04:36

    A great addition to the Mitch Rapp series. It was a little hard to follow for a while and I was quite lost, but after a few chapters it started to pick up the pace. In The Third Option Flynn shows us more of his political views, which I found intriguing. I'm guessing that Separation of Power, the next book in the series will pick up where The Third Option left off. I'm taking a short break from the Mitch Rapp series because I've read the first 4 books in a row and I don't want to get burnouts, HAHA.

  • Zoeytron
    2019-03-19 11:40

    James Bond would probably kill to get his hands on Mitch Rapp's custom-made leather overcoat. Weighing in at 23 pounds, it has all manner of hidden compartments and pockets that house extra passports, money in various currencies, an encrypted radio, weapons, extra ammo, a speaker and microphone cunningly sewn into the lapel, and more. Bond wouldn't stand a chance against Mitch Rapp, of course. The overcoat stays with our guy, thank you very much.The third option refers to a covert operation, as in when all other avenues of addressing a situation have either failed or cannot be utilized, such as diplomacy or the military. Mitch is one of the 'dark weapons' of the Security Council. Off the books, no file (ha!) - think extreme mission impossible scenarios; if caught or killed, there will be complete disavowal of your actions, etc. Mitch is not a good team player, preferring to work on his own when at all possible. When others absolutely have to be involved, he must be the team leader. It's either his way or the highway, period. It is on just such a mission when he is double-crossed and left for dead. Not so fast . . . . these hapless individuals obviously do not know with whom they are dealing! Anyone who has read Vince Flynn's books knows better, now don't we?Truly bone chilling is the methodical ransacking of an apartment, two men who were inside for just over an hour. They left with every vestige of that person's life, either copied, photographed or bugged for ongoing intel. All this, with no sign whatsoever of anyone ever having been in the apartment. Creepiness to the max.Typical Mitch Rapp fare, with the exception of the ending. I wasn't crazy about the love tie to Anna Riley making him vulnerable in a new way. Still and yet, it's hard to turn down one of these stories. Most enjoyable.

  • Jilrene ♥
    2019-03-08 07:27

    More like 1.5 stars, but I'll round up because Mitch Rapp is still a favorite character of mine. This book did not work for me. (I really wanted to use foul language there.)I don't like Anna. Nope, not gonna lie. She is a fragile special snowflake and I don't think she is good enough for Mitch. Minus 2 stars right there. (by the way, I liked her in Transfer of Power - go figure)I do not like the ending. I even prepared myself for this horrible excuse of a cliff hanger by reading reviews with spoilers. I was still caught off guard. Minus 1 star.Finally, it was boring. I actually put the book down and forgot about it. That really chaps my ____! Minus 1 star. I can't abandon Mitchell, though, and gave back a half star for his wit and planning skills.I have the next three books already and I've checked the reviews. I am confident pretty sure hopeful I won't be disappointed again. I'm not bailing on this series. I refuse to give up. ;)

  • Rick Fisher
    2019-03-11 09:20

    The second novel in the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, "The Third Option", finds our hero at the center of a political plot wrought by those who walk the hallowed halls of American government. After an undercover mission in Germany goes seriously wrong, with Mitch ending up on the wrong end of several bullets, he must traverse the secretive world of politics to find out who set him up and why. Another great story by Mr Flynn. This is another awesome entry in this series. The plot is detailed and full of twists. The characters are well developed. The action is fast paced.This novel could stand alone but reading the first will help you better understand the complexity of Mitch Rapp better. Keep reading this series. Very highly recommended. This character rivals Gabriel Allon, Jack Reacher and John Wells.

  • Eric
    2019-03-06 11:15

    The only reason I didn't give this novel five stars is that a lot of the its plot-lines carry over into the next novel, Separation of Power, so in a lot of ways this felt incomplete by itself. With that caveat, it's still a kick ass spy thriller, and Mitch Rapp is the pinnacle of a kick ass spy.

  • Lena
    2019-03-09 05:15

    ”Who is a bigger threat to my country, a terrorist ten thousand miles away or the corrupt self-serving politician down the street?”The greatest generation is dying and there aren’t enough able people with compasses that point true north. Irene Kennedy is one of the rare ones and there are people who would stop at nothing to keep her from taking over the CIA. Mitch Rapp is on his last assignment when he’s betrayed. Bad move. The Iron Man spends the book tracking down every last thread... but most are cut before he gets there. That made the book less fun and more frustration. This is the first two book arch storyline and I didn’t appreciate that. I was going to read the next book anyway but I’d rather a different bad guy and satisfying conclusion to each book.

  • Mr. Gottshalk
    2019-03-17 12:17

    Well, I am so glad that someone recommended this series to me earlier in the year. This one starts off with a bang, as our ultra-secret covert operator Mitch Rapp is set up and left for dead. The rest of the novel reads like a revenge thriller, as he tries to put the pieces together with who could be behind his assassination attempt, only to find out that the lousy bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. would be stupid enough to do anything to cross America's most dangerous man! Not my favorite but I will read the whole series, eventually.

  • Molly
    2019-02-23 05:18

    Interesting, fun but Flynn either never met a woman or has the worst love life ever. Not enough action to offset the ponderous and infantile love story.

  • Jeff
    2019-03-14 12:40

    I believe I've read about all of the Vince Flynn novels. I like to believe that people like Mitch Rapp are out there keeping me safe from anti-american enemies.

  • Speesh
    2019-02-26 12:29

    To be honest, the back cover blurb sounds a whole lot better than the actual book. As it would, I guess, once the marketing department got hold of it. That's not to say it's a bad book, just that it doesn't live up to the promise. Not that I always read the back cover blurb, I seldom do actually, and hadn't in this case. So, I thought it was good, but flawed.As I say, it is mostly about Washington politics. It's a bit of a watered-down House of Cards, the 'you might think that - I couldn't possibly comment' version, you know it. It works to an extent, the senator Clark while being a good start, really isn't nasty and/or devious enough as yet. So, as the pervious book, it's a look at internal Washington backslapping and backstabbing. To be truthful, Rapp is hardly in the first third. From then on it feels like Flynn was actually setting up future volumes and setting the scene for future conflicts. Which is interesting and irritating, because - as I've mentioned before - I have had it pretty much from the horse's mouth that I'm reading them in the intended order, but the ten year gap between #2 and #3 still isn't explained. Here, Mitch Rapp thinks he's at the end of the active part of his career, and has resolved to leave the Service, to 'spend more time with his family' as all the best politicians say. What he has done during that ten year period is sometimes alluded to, but never developed. It's used to create for him something of a legend as, as the cover says, 'the CIA's top counterterrorism operative.' Assassin, to you and me, but as the assassinated are terrorists or terrorist supporters, it's ok.And there lies another problem. Frankly, if you consider what happens, from Rapp not suss-ing that the opening action in Germany was a set-up, to him dishing out his mobile number, to him having told his girlfriend pretty much everything, to him also telling girlfriend's friend's husband, who is a senator (and not exactly known for their ability to keep secrets under their hats), to Rapp sending the stooge back in to his (Rapp's) house carrying a cardboard tray with four large coffees and a load of sandwiches - with at least two broken fingers - you get a very good impression that Rapp just isn't very good at what he does. Has done for ten years! Especially as the opening subterfuge that he didn't spot, also happened 10 years ago. OK his Spidey sense did tingle both times, but he did nothing about it either time. And both times, him being incommunicado after both afore-mentioned fuck-ups, is not seen back at CIA by his closest friends/allies as him being injured and unable to communicate. That never enters into the thinking back at base. Even though it's the first thing you and I might think and it's surely something the old guy back at the CIA has surely gone through a thousand times. It certainly doesn't do a right lot to justify the "Vince Flynn clearly has one eye on Lee Child's action thriller throne..." one eye maybe, but he needs to have both. Though I don't know how this one was marketed in the US.But these books are 'feel good' books. Not so much me, I'm European. Not so much you, an individual. But to America, white Donald Trump America as a collective. They are to make Americans feel good about themselves. Fulfilling an American desire that they can do this sort of thing. That there may be a hidden department (or two) that can do this sort of thing. But...they can't. If they could, Snowden wouldn't be sitting at a computer in Moscow right now.I think the style works very well though. Polished, not flashy and certainly doesn't feel formularised. I think what Flynn is doing in placing Rapp well within the realms of what really goes on behind the scenes and the clear commentary on US politics more often than not hindering rather than helping and being more about short-term personal gain, than what is good for the country as a whole, in the long term, is really working well. The UK publishers clearly want to appeal to fans of Jack Reacher though really, this is a step up, with, dare I say, higher ambitions.See/read all my reviews at: Speesh ReadsSpeesh Reads, now a Facebook Page!

  • Richard
    2019-02-17 12:19

    Absolutely superb. His books get better and better. I have now read five of his books, four of the Mitch Rapp series and Term Limits a semi-standalone. Vincent Flynn only wrote 13 Rapp books before he very sadly passed away, so I am drawn between reading them one after the other (which I always want to do) or eking them out so I can saviour them slowly. Rapp is so much better than Lee Child's, Jack Reacher. Why hasn't a film been been made of him instead of the rubbish Reacher film. I have just introduced Rapp to my wife and she is absolutely 'in love' with him and she has now read two books back to back.The plot involves the usual suspects - US President, Congress, the CIA, a whole bunch of baddies and many more. His characters are always well described and stay in your head almost immediately. It is a gripping, fast paced thriller from end to end. The ending just leaves you salivating for more. PS - I have decided to ration myself to no more than four books a year.

  • David Feinstein
    2019-03-03 08:26

    The novel deals with Mitch Rapp who is a member of the CIA's highly secret Orion Team. He's their top assassin. When the first option of diplomacy and the second option of military force fail, the United States turns to its third option of covert action as a way of dealing with terrorist's attacks. It is our last option of fighting back, and it usually involves assassination. Mitch Rapp is on the verge of resigning from the CIA. He has met the woman of his dreams and wants to live a normal life. He decides, however, to take one last assignment.Here is a man with a strict code of honor who isn't afraid to kill in order to protect himself or his loved ones. This is certainly the type of guy you want as a friend and not as an enemy.

  • Gloria Bernal
    2019-03-13 11:30

    4.5 starsIn this the 4th Rapp book in the series - Mitch has one more mission in Germany to complete, and then he wants to call it quits and leave this dangerous life behind. He's fallen for White House correspondent Anna Reilly, (whom we met in Book 3). Now all he wants to do is settle down with the right woman and live a normal life. But things don't go right in Germany, and now Mitch thinks his own people may be trying to eliminate him. He's madder than hell, and now he has to find out who and why. As usual... gripping, fast, and leaves us wanting more. A fabulous intense series.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-07 09:18

    This is the my first "Mitch Rapp" book and I wished I would have started with the first book in the series. Also, the story wasn't wrapped up at the end and now I will need to continue to the read other books in the series to see what happens.

  • Winter Sophia Rose
    2019-02-26 05:29

    Dark, Intriguing, Deep, Intense, Edge Of Your Seat Ride!!! I Loved It!

  • Phillip III
    2019-03-03 05:21

    This was a pretty straight forward political thriller, and I loved it. Mitch Rapp is sent on a mission to take out a bad guy. Only four key people know about the detail, Mitch as one of the four. When this is done, this mission over, Mitch is done. He wants out. He is in love, and wants to get married and knows all to well working as an assassin is hardly the kind of 9 to 5 job most families are raised in.In Germany, Mitch is working with a husband / wife team. Together they survey the area, keep an eye on the target, and put together the best plan for the take-out. Time is limited. They have to move fast --less than seven days from arrival until the assassination. Almost from the get-go Mitch knows something is wrong, that something just doesn't feel right.Things go from wrong to bad when the assassination attempt leaves several people dead, and a mansion on fire. Mitch is believed to be one of those found dead at the scene.Except he is not. And he is pissed. Someone set them up. Someone leaked information about the mission, and set up an ambush. But why?Back at home, the C.I.A. director, Thomas Stansfield is losing to cancer. He is close to done. His imminent death has the political sharks circling, smelling blood. It isn't that they want his job, it is more like they want the next person appointed by the president for the job to be a candidate they can manipulate. Aside from that flurry of behind-the-scenes activity, Stansfield and his protege Irene Kennedy, are hard at work trying to find out what went wrong in Germany, how to keep the international backlash from hurting the president, and how to get Mitch Rapp back home safely!Great thriller. Amazing tale moving the Mitch Rapp saga forward, and one I would highly recommend!Phillip TomassoAuthor of Absolute Zeroand Damn the Dead

  • David Dalton
    2019-03-11 06:33

    My 4th Mitch Rapp thriller overall (Pre-Mitch #1: American Assassin and Pre-Mitch #2) plus Transfer of Power. I am looking forward to reading ALL of the Mitch Rapp thrillers (and would love to read a few more Pre-Mitch thrillers). Lots of good ole spy vs spy action and of course Washington politics.

  • Veronica
    2019-03-16 10:20

    These are so quick

  • Ivy
    2019-03-14 09:19

    This was a very exciting addition to the series, but I was disappointed that you know who did not get what he deserved in the end. Maybe more to come in the next book??

  • SeRRo
    2019-03-11 09:38

    Vince Flynn delivers again. I say it although it should be expected I guess.The world of espionage and thrilling action is as engaging as before. And the story is getting even more intriguing as we get deeper into the series.I wonder what is next...

  • Cathy
    2019-02-25 06:20

    Mitch Rapp is a secret assassin who takes out the bad guys, such as someone selling weapons to Saddam Hussein..... but he has also fallen in love.

  • Milo (BOK)
    2019-03-12 09:36

    The Review Can Be Found Here: http://thefictionalhangout.blogspot.c...Mitch Rapp, the CIA's top counter-terrorism agent, is sent on his final mission - to eliminate a European industrialist who has been supplying highly sensitive equipment to one of the world's most notorious sponsors of terrorism. He doesn't know that the ultimate target of this mission is himself.Thriller books are generally good for fast paced, action fun, with plenty of quick reads. Lee Child, David Baldacci, Elmore Leonard (having recently read Pronto and am looking for more) and James Patterson are my go to authors in the genre and Vince Flynn has been on my to read list for a while, so it even though The Third Option may be the fourth novel in the series focused on the character Mitch Rapp, I was kind of interested to check it out as I figured they’d be relatively standalone, and hey, it was on sale on the Kindle Fire (I don’t know if it still is), so why not? What could possibly go wrong?I ended up getting a pretty positive reaction out of the book, and although it’s nothing too memorable and will probably be quickly forgotten, it was a nice quick read and a perfect way to keep me distracted, as the fast pace kept me turning the pages as the tension was always high and remained that way throughout the novel (even if, as mentioned later, the main character's safety was never in doubt). Chances are if you’re reading this review you’ll already be familiar with Mitch Rapp, but if you’re not, he’s the CIA’s top counter terrorism agent, a Jack Reacher esque figure only working for the CIA rather than as a lone wolf. He’s sent on his final mission to eliminate a European industrialist, who has been supplying equipment to one of the world’s most notorious sponsors of terrorism, but what he doesn’t know is that it’s actually a trap, and the real target is of course himself.I was going in expecting something similar to the Jason Bourne movies (which are incidentally, my favourite series of thriller films), and Flynn did not disappoint with Bourne fans being right at home, with the European stuff being some of my favourite parts about the book – too often they’re largely US centric so this was a nice breath of fresh air, even if there’s a lot of US content happening here. I didn’t have any problems understanding what was happening even though this was the fourth entry in the series, and also (I didn’t know this until after I finished reading) apparently the first part in an interlinked duology, going into A Separation of Power, so that explains partly why I wasn’t quite as pleased with the ending as I would have perhaps have liked. It’s certainly something that’s been added to my to read list as I plan on returning to the world of Vince Flynn’s series in the future for sure.As you can expect from your standard thriller novel the characters aren’t the most developed and the plot isn’t particularly complicated either, with few apart from Rapp really making an impression on the reader. However, that said, like most good thrillers, The Third Option has a way of keeping you hooked from the word go, plunging into a story that you won’t be able to put down until you finish its pages, and even though the standard Good vs. Evil stuff is there with little moral ambiguity, the tension is engaging enough to keep you reading.However, that said, there’s a distinct lack of tension concerning Rapp’s character. There’s currently fourteen books in the series, with The Survivor coming in October 6th from author Kyle Mills, who replaces Vince Flynn on the series, so it’ll be interesting to see how Mills handles the books differently. What sucks coming onto a series this late is that you know what’s going to happen next and Rapp is obviously going to defeat the bad guys on his mission of revenge, but even so, Flynn manages to keep it entertaining, which is probably the book’s strongest aspect.If you want a good, fast paced read and haven’t already read Mitch Rapp novels and are a fan of the Alex Cross or Jack Reacher series by James Patterson and Lee Child respectively, then you can’t go far wrong with The Third Option – either starting here or going back to the beginning of Mitch Rapp’s novels would work.VERDICT: 7.9/10