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Protect and Defend | [Vince Flynn]

Protect and Defend

The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.
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Publisher's Summary

An action-packed and all-too-realistic vision of nations navigating the minefield of international intrigue, Protect and Defend is Vince Flynn's most explosive political thriller yet. The action begins in the heart of Iran, where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel launches a creative and daring operation that leaves a radioactive tomb in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States and demands retribution.

Enter Mitch Rapp, America's top counterterrorism operative. Rapp convinces President Josh Alexander to sign off on a risky operation that will push Iran to the brink of revolution. But when Iran recruits Hezbollah master terrorist Imad Mukhtar, and a CIA effort goes disastrously wrong, Rapp and Mukhtar are set on a collision course that threatens to engulf the entire region in war. With the clock ticking, Rapp is given 24 hours, no questions asked, to do whatever it takes to stop Mukhtar, and avert an unthinkable catastrophe.

©2007 Vince Flynn; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Flynn didn't invent the post-9/11 thriller, but he might as well have....[He] is the best pure adrenaline-charged action writer out there today." (Providence Journal)

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    Jim 11-19-07
    Jim 11-19-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Good But Not To His Standard"

    I have two favorite writers and Vince Flynn is one of the two. I couldn't wait for this segment to come out since I have listened to all of the series in order.

    I think all good writers have a point in their writing career when they hit a wall or least a wall they have problems getting over or around. I think Vince Flynn MAY have hit that point with this book. I was somewhat dissappointed in the flow. In his earlier books there was pure story and no extra descriptions of non-plot items. It appeared to me, at least, that he was more flowery on this book than the others. Clancy was like that. Tom Clancy aways had to exceed the number of pages than his previous novel. Story tellers have the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with pure plot and thrills. Mitch Rapp now has too be a cold, no emotion character due to the story line. I just hope Vince Flynn gets back to his pure story line plot in the next book. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Flynn has made me expect only the best in his books and characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George Tomball, TX, USA 02-12-08
    George Tomball, TX, USA 02-12-08
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    "Protect and Defend"

    Awesome hard to stop listening to story. Hard hitting, current, relevant and oh so exciting. I loved it and will read more Flynn now.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gary carlsbad, CA, USA 08-04-08
    Gary carlsbad, CA, USA 08-04-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfect Combo!"

    This was absolutely the best pairing of an exciting plot and setting with a narrator who does all of the characters with amazing clarity.
    The reader is immediately immersed in the book with total abandon and interest!
    Most books here are "somewhat" interesting...this
    one is a GRABBER!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EL Charlotte, NC, United States 02-03-08
    EL Charlotte, NC, United States 02-03-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Agree with Catalyn"

    The review by Catalyn on page 4 of these reviews sums up my thoughts exactly; I was disappointed to say the least.

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    Jesse Stamford, CT, United States 12-30-07
    Jesse Stamford, CT, United States 12-30-07
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    "A VERY SPECIAL EXPERIENCE"

    When introiduced to Ken Follet first. I listened to his most recent, "World Without End", which was outstanding. "Pillars Of The Earth", fortunatley has been revived. It is a marvel, an historical adventure with a continuous story that kept me rapt. It was marvelously captivating.

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    Mariah Oakton, VA, United States 11-23-07
    Mariah Oakton, VA, United States 11-23-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Unwrapped Rapp"

    Protect and Defend starts out with vintage Mitch Rapp neatly disposing of an adversary on a yacht anchored off Costa Rica. But the action quickly switches to Iran where Rapp is unleashed to rescue his boss, who has been kidnapped by a revolutionary sect. While the book is undoubtedly timely and illustrates the quagmire of today's tangled mid-east political environment, I found much of the Iranian segments boring and filled with a collection of unfailingly nasty characters with confusing names. This book features a consistently violent Rapp without the showing the softer side of the CIA assassin that has been displayed in previous books. For this reason, I found the book less appealing than the other Rapp rousts. The book's epilogue effectively hammers home the theme of Rapp as a killing machine. Listeners who enjoy almost nonstop violence laced with a heavy dose of mid-eastern politics will find this a must listen. While narrator George Guidell is as masterful as ever, I would recommend that other readers give this one a pass.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "aveage read"

    an average read, both plot and charactors is a little confusing, couldnt really buy in to the story as lacked any real edge of seat plot

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Greendale, WI, USA 04-30-08
    Steven Greendale, WI, USA 04-30-08 Member Since 2005
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    "bad"

    Unbelievable plot, poor development, saber rattling, racial profiling-poor overall. Good narration.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carleton T. Anderson Lexington, KY USA 08-14-08
    Carleton T. Anderson Lexington, KY USA 08-14-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Potboiler"

    This book is about meetings punctuated by predictable unsuspenseful action. Just Macho drivel. Its only asset is George Guidell who reads it extremely well. Please George this is beneath you.

    Save your credits.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi Kingsland, GA, USA 11-06-07
    Sandi Kingsland, GA, USA 11-06-07
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    "Rickie"

    I thought this book was great. The world needs more Mitch Rapps.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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