We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Protect and Defend: A Novel | [Richard North Patterson]

Protect and Defend: A Novel

In Washington, a newly elected young president faces a test that will focus the national spotlight on abortion, parental consent, backroom politics, and the battle over one woman's nomination as chief justice of the Supreme Court. It's high-stakes drama as only Richard North Patterson can present it! Browse more Patterson.
Regular Price:$27.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

In Washington, the newly elected young president, Kerry Kilcannon, faces his first test: the sudden death of the chief justice of the United States has created a vacancy at the heart of a sharply divided Supreme Court. In San Francisco, an unknown 15-year-old girl, Mary Ann Tierney, wants to sue for permission to have a late-term abortion over the opposition of her pro-life parents.

President Kilcannon resolves to nominate Caroline Masters - a brilliant jurist shadowed by a personal secret - as the next chief justice. In the Senate, two men who hope to succeed Kilcannon hold the key to her nomination: Majority Leader Macdonald Gage, and his bitter rival, Chad Palmer, a former military hero noted for his political independence. A hidden alliance between Kilcannon and Palmer is threatened when Mary Ann Tierney's inflammatory, nationally televised lawsuit thrusts the issue of abortion to the forefront of the Senate battle over the Masters nomination.

As the Tierney case moves to its dramatic climax, it poses a stark choice - between preserving the life of a potentially doomed fetus and putting Mary Ann's fertility at risk. The trial's legal and political dangers are equally clear: to the future of the pro-choice and pro-life movements; to the gifted but inexperienced woman lawyer who represents Mary Ann Tierney; to the bitterly divided and politicized appellate court that must review the trial, and on which Caroline Masters serves; to the president who has chosen her; to the powerful forces who wish to defeat her by any means at hand.

©2000 Richard North Patterson; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.; Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (173 )
5 star
 (75)
4 star
 (56)
3 star
 (25)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (12)
Overall
3.9 (38 )
5 star
 (16)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.1 (36 )
5 star
 (13)
4 star
 (14)
3 star
 (7)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Vicki G Redmond, WA, USA 01-04-05
    Vicki G Redmond, WA, USA 01-04-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1142
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Future ability to bear children"

    It's only fair to be correct on the central issue of the legal fight in this book - protecting the teenager's ability to have future children, not racing the calendar before the probably-nonviable fetus was beyond 6 months old and permanently damaged the mother's ability to have more children.

    The legal arguments on both sides of the law requiring teenagers to obtain parental consent to abortion were interesting. In addition, the political maneuvering over the appointment of a Supreme Court judge were too realistic for comfort. I recommend this book with the caviat that you will examine your personal philosophies on abortion, right to privacy, rights of teenagers versus parents, and lifestyle choices of public officials because of the content.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John Eau Claire, WI, United States 03-13-05
    John Eau Claire, WI, United States 03-13-05 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    63
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Able to see both sides"

    As a father and grandfather I can see the parent's point of view, but I can also see amd understand the daughter's side of the issue. If we are at a pont where we can only write politically neutral books, it's become a sorry state of affairs. All in all it was simply a great political mystery thriller that kept me wishing I could spend more time in the car listening to it to see what would happen next.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ramjam84 09-14-04
    ramjam84 09-14-04 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    185
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wonderful Book"

    This was a great book. I was sorry it had to end. It kept me on the edge, I could not wait to find out what was going to happen. At night I would listen to it for hours. I would recomend to to everyone. Take a chance would will be glad you did. No character is safe, not even the president.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maria Oakland, CA, USA 08-13-04
    Maria Oakland, CA, USA 08-13-04 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Can't wait to see what happens next!"

    I love the suspense of these books and I found myself having a hard time to turn this off. I can see how some people with right leaning politis might find the book a bit offensive but to me it is real and maybe an opportunity for to take a long hard look at the other side of the argument.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Belinda 07-05-05
    Belinda 07-05-05 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Read it for the enjoyment of the story"

    Don't read this book for its stance on politics, only as a good story. I read for enjoyment and this book was very enjoyable. It made you think about the stance between "no abortion" and "justifiable abortion". It was a great read. I watch movies and read books for enjoyment only and don't let any of the theorizing or politicing influence my opinion of a well written script.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cal USA 03-28-04
    Cal USA 03-28-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    26
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Tops My List"

    Out of the more than 1,000 books which I have read over the past 20 - 30 years, I would rate this book as number one.

    Those reviews which state that they stopped reading this book because they disagreed with Patterson's politics remind me of the Catholic Church's response to Galileo and Copernicus. This book is inappropriate for closed minded people unwilling to consider the validity of other points of view which differ from their pre-conceived positions. Whether or not you find Patterson's positions persuasive, the presentation is spellbinding.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steven Reno, NV, USA 03-02-05
    Steven Reno, NV, USA 03-02-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    23
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Outstanding!"

    Fully addresses all of the issues in an intelligent, caring and insightful discourse. We could only wish our good politicians were as good as the good ones in the book. Superb reading.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 12-01-12
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    878
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    274
    155
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    463
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wheels within Wheels: Back-Room Politics"

    With "Protect and Defend" -- the second in what became his Kerry Kilcannon series -- Richard North Patterson returns to his protagonist from "No Safe Place." I recommend listening to that previous audiobook before beginning this one, although Patterson does attempt to fill in the back-story for us. All of Patterson's novels have intricate plots that cannot be briefly summarized; so that you will enjoy "Protect and Defend" more if you have listened to its predecessor. Also, you probably won't want to listen to "Protect and Defend" at all -- nor any of Patterson's other novels, for that matter -- if you have strong anti-abortion or strong conservative Christian beliefs. "Protect and Defend" deals frankly with abortion and women's right-to-choose issues. Contrary to what some previous reviewers have claimed, this novel does not rant rabid left-wing sentiments; but, rather, gives pretty un-biased, articulate voice to both sides of the abortion issue. Yes, Patterson does, ultimately, settle slightly left-of-center, on the side of the women's rights; but, prior to doing so, he clearly shows the agony of both sides. I am coming to respect Richard North Patterson, not only for his extraordinary writing skills, but also for his unabashed feminist stance. He writes controversial novels that illuminate important contemporary issues. "Protect and Defend" not only explores the undeniably painful abortion question; it also takes us behind the scenes of Washington politics, into the back rooms where deals and decisions are made. I kept wondering: How did Patterson learn about all these underhanded, sub-rosa wranglings? Yikes! It's scary in those back rooms! I fear that I wouldn't make a very good politician. Patterson portrays these ruthless guys doing whatever it takes to enhance their careers. In his Kerry Kilcannon series, Patterson posits an ethical man thrown into this nest of vipers. Through an admittedly unlikely concatenation of events, this ethical man -- the eponymous Kerry Kilcannon -- eventually rises to the American Presidency, where he finds that he must use the same under-handed techniques that his unethical opponents use, in order to combat their greedy self-interest. What a job! The narrator, Patricia Kalember, has a nice voice, and does make some attempt to distinguish the characters from one another with accents; but she lacks the range of voices that a really good audiobooks actress needs to do full justice to a complex book like "Protect and Defend."

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gina Quiroz East Palo Alto, CA 05-24-12
    Gina Quiroz East Palo Alto, CA 05-24-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    258
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "AWESOME!!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You will fall in love with the characters as you walk through their plights. I had two favorite characters Sarah and Caroline, both had to stand behind their convictions while others tried to undermine the values they had established for themselves. My next two favorite characters were Senator Palmer and President Kilcannon, again both of these men had secretes that undermined their stated values but in the end each had to decided what was right.


    What does Patricia Kalember bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Patricia was an incredible story teller and made the characters some to life.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is excellent and you will enjoy the story and it might even challenge your beliefs. The only complaint I have is that in section 1 and section 2 several hours of the audio are duplicated and trying to figure out what parts were re-recorded versus new was troublesome. Hopefully someone will fix the error in the recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jim Houston, TX, USA 07-15-04
    Jim Houston, TX, USA 07-15-04 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Propaganda"

    This book is about abortion, in the main, and to a lesser extent about other politically-charged issues. Although conservative and Christian, I am not a pro-life advocate. I would have enjoyed a work of fiction that explored these issues in an even-handed way, even if from a liberal perspective. However, there was nothing even-handed in this book. It is self-indulgent propaganda.

    The author lionizes every character who supports his pro-life or other liberal positions. They act only from the purist of motives and with the utmost integrity. By contrast, he demonizes every character who ultimately contends against his positions. They are corrupt tools of evil special interests. They are narrow, judgmental, morally-bankrupt, and without honor or integrity. In addition, he belittles religion and religious people in general.

    As to the issues, the author carefully designs fact situations to give himself the best possible platform to advance his arguments. Moreover, each confrontation between his characters on the issues is a setup. He makes the best arguments he can on behalf of his position. The characters who support his arguments are prepared, eloquent, and nimble in facing questioning. Then, when the opposing characters speak, he avoids obvious counterarguments, truncates any good arguments they make, and then leads them off into silly arguments or extreme positions that leaves them wide open for the cross-examination for which they are inevitably, and inexplicably, unprepared.

    Don't read this book if you consider yourself a conservative. You will only be irritated. Don't read this book if you are interested in honest and healthy debate on these issues. Only read this book if you believe, as the author apparently does, that every liberal is virtuous and everyone who voted for Bush (or who might have voted for a conservative democrat such as Lieberman) is not only stupid and misguided, they are evil.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 13 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • liz
    United Kingdom
    11/21/11
    Overall
    "Protect and Defend"

    Richard North Patterson is such an incisive writer than one can become addicted. the narration was superb
    and I loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.