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In this long political thriller staged almost entirely around a hostage standoff, Flynn makes maximum use of his White House setting, and mixes in a spicy broth of brutal terrorists, heroic commandos and enough secret agent hijinks to keep the confrontation bubbling until its flag-raising end. The villains are led by Rafique Aziz, a notorious Arab terrorist whose band of thugs takes over the White House by finding a weak point in American politics: they pose as wealthy campaign contributors and are welcomed through the front door. President Robert Hayes manages to escape to his bunker moments before the bloodbath, but religious zealot Aziz takes almost 100 hostages, seals off the White House and begins making demands, of which large sums of cash are just the beginning. With the president incommunicado and weak-willed yet power hungry Vice President Sherman Baxter in charge, the Pentagon and the CIA resort to their secret weapon: commando extraordinaire Mitch Rapp. After sneaking into the bowels of the Executive Mansion through an air duct, Rapp steadily disrupts the terrorists' well-laid plans. He finally calls in reinforcements when Aziz begins drilling into the president's bunker. It's a long haul to the finish, but Flynn (Term Limits) compensates for some stereotyping by creating dynamic tension between the main players, especially between military leaders and politicians, and between Rapp and Aziz. His description of the White House is impressive; readers will wonder if the secret passageways, hidden rooms and clever deception devices that help load this story with seemingly endless intrigue, really exist. Agent, Sloan Harris. 15-city author tour. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
When terrorists crash White House security, the President is swept away to an isolated underground bunker, and the Vice President suddenly finds himself in charge. From the author of the best-selling Term Limits.
"Times Record News" (Wichita Falls, TX) A slick political thriller...moves at breakneck speed...you won't be able to put it down. "Publishers Weekly" Endless intrigue...Flynn mixes in a spicy broth of brutal terrorists, heroic commandos, and enough secret-agent hijinks to keep the confrontation bubbling until its flag-raising end. "Bookpage""Transfer of Power" emerges in its sense of authenticity, depth of research, and almost seamless dramatic scenario....One of Flynn's finest skills as an up-and-coming young master of the genre of political thrillers is his ability to create a cast of compelling characters. "Abilene Reporter-News" (TX) Recommended.... Flynn again proves his expertise with technical details in this new political thriller. "Pioneer Press" (St. Paul) Flynn knows how to deliver action in his novels, and "Transfer of Power" has all the earmarks of a story headed for the movie screen. "Times Record News" (Wichita Falls, TX) Rapp is a most appealing hero. He's rugged, tough, and deadly on his quarry, but humane and sensitive when the situation requires it. "Discus" Like "Term Limits, Transfer of Power" is a feverishly paced, ingeniously plotted political thriller that vivdly dramatizes a stunning premise. Filled with authentic technical details....it takes readers inside America's highest political and military circles while placing the president of the United States squarely in the line of terrorist fire.