• The Last Protector

  • Clayton White, Book 1
  • By: Simon Gervais
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (395 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of the Pierce Hunt series comes a thrilling novel featuring a Secret Service agent who takes on a ruthless foe to protect the country he serves and the woman he loves.

Former air force combat rescue officer Special Agent Clayton White now works for the Secret Service performing routine escort missions for politicians. These missions may not be quite as exciting as his time in the military, but Clayton’s okay with that. It gives him more time to see his girlfriend, Veronica Hammond—an archaeologist who also happens to be the vice president elect’s daughter.

But Clayton’s seemingly manageable new routine takes a startling turn when South African mercenaries target Veronica at an awards gala celebrating her work. After this attempt on Veronica’s life, Clayton enters a complicated web of lies, betrayal, and dangerous government secrets.

As Clayton gets closer to the truth, he encounters unexpected foes pitted against questionable allies. With enemies at every turn, the only constant Clayton can rely on is Veronica. But when the threat against her turns on him, too, he faces an impossible choice: love or country.

©2021 by Simon Gervais. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Gervais’s brisk series kickoff, which jumps around the world, is built on the tension underlying the tenuous alliances among the sort of power-hungry villains who will stop at nothing. Well-modulated action scenes alternate with showdowns that reposition the pawns.”Kirkus Reviews

“[A] solid thriller from Gervais…”Publishers Weekly 

“A thrill ride from the first page to the last! Simon Gervais is coming in hot with The Last Protector. Looking for action, intrigue, and suspense? This is your novel! Move it to the top of your list!”—Jack Carr, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Hand 

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Language!!!

Excellent book but cannot take the language. Why in the world can’t they write a good book without so much language?? Probably won’t get another one from this author.

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  • 11-08-21

A five stars entertaining, fast paced thriller

I Love this thriller. I couldn’t stop listening. The book is so good that I want to listen to it again. I have found a new author I will love. I hope this is a series because I love the characters and would like to read more about the next chapters in their lives.

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Gripping!

Secret Service Agent, Clayton White’s assignment is to protect the daughter of the Vice President elect…she also happens to be his gf. When that assignment goes FUBAR, Clayton agrees to a mission to South Africa to apprehend the master mind behind the attack. Clayton doesn’t count on betrayal. This action packed story takes us around the world with lots of bad guys and political intrigue. Looking forward to the next book.

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Just download it already.

Great start to a new series! I was really excited to hear GLG Knifeworks Bishop was included. I carry mine daily.

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Not for me

Couldn’t get into it listen for 4 hours and lost interest. The reader was ok nothing great. Sad though I really enjoyed the Hunt books.

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Really entertaining story.

Really like the story and characters and I'm looking forward to more. But as I finished it on 1-21-22 to hear the lead character say he knows the Secret Service agents are uncorruptible minutes after the Service itself hires criminal defense lawyers to deal with the aftermath of January 6 is a reminder that no group of people are uncorruptible!

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Good book bad narration..

Great story, centering around Clay, who was in the Secret Service, and the Vice President; who was a killer. Clay didn't want to believe it because, among other things, he was the father of the woman Clay loves. However, Veronica was already suspicious of her Dad.

Lots of bad-guys and lots of killing.

No romance worth talking about and the F-bomb was used 23 times.

As for the narration: Jeffrey Kafer has a nice reading voice, and that's just about all he does, read. When he, or any character, is in hiding and the bad guys are only a few feet from you, you DO NOT talk in your regular voice. You WHISPER! Is that so hard to figure out? That's the reason I usually avoid books narrated by him. I guess he hasn't figured that out, yet. But, I have.

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pass on this, one of the worse

This author needs more editorial support. Plot is unsupported and not believable. Characters are comic book at best

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Don’t Pay for this it is awful

The voice is annoying and they don’t even build a storyline. And nothing makes sense. I am on 3rd chapter and going to leave it. Wasted my credit 😩

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Stupid combatants detract from a fight scene

So, the bad guy wants to get into a hotel room where he knows an armed defender waits. Hotel doors open inward. Bad guy decides to open door a crack and insert pistol into the hinge side of the door. Putting aside that there may not even be enough space in that crack, what would be the field of view, the working angle, etc. If the defender has half a brain cell, bad guy gets the door open and is staring into a gun muzzle with his own gun stuck in the hinge side of the door and no possibility of getting it to the open side where the defender is waiting.

Fortunately for bad guy, man in room is even dumber and forgets that he has the advantage and 3 pistols at his disposal. So he decides to go mano a mano by pushing on the door where the gun is poking through. Bad guy is too fast and strong and it turns into a struggle for the bad guy's gun because the defender hasn't even drawn his own weapon before trying to smash the gun in the door hinge.

Anyway, instead of just standing back out of the radius of the door and shooting the bad guy or his gun hand at point blank range, if turns into a fist, knife, and chokehold fight with four guns lying around on the floor. Stupid. Alternatively, the defender could have aimed his weapon at the door and, standing clear, kicked it hard as soon as it started to open. Then shoot anything that comes through. But I guess people get tired of intelligent heroes and love feeling sorry for the dumb ones when they get the snot beat out of them and have to tag team with their girlfriend to even survive.

I wrote the above after the first several chapters. After finishing the book my opinion has not changed. Gervais seems to find any excuse to deprive his protagonist of his firearms and get him into a brawl with hands and knives. And the hero inevitably gets the crud beat out of him. I definitely wouldn't want to be one of the guys in the series because they are really bad at hand to hand.

Stephen Hunter is far more creative about dreaming up situations where his protagonists find themselves without a gun. But, more often than not, they keep their guns and get the job done without hand to hand stupidity. Well, there was that Swagger confrontation with the katana.... But that didn't start by losing a gun.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 12-31-21

Protector

I did enjoy listening to Jeffrey Kafer. He bought the characters to life and kept the pace right.

We find Special Agent Clayton White working for Secret Service the missions may not be quite as exciting as his time in the military,

We have double cross, Dark secrets from the past coming to light. Who can be trusted .With enemies at every turn, the only constant is Clayton's girlfriend is Veronica. But when the threat against her turns on him, too, he faces an impossible choice: love or country.

Great paced and action

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  • Adam mcphee
  • 12-09-21

what a let down

I'm disappointed with book it feels like nothing really happens which is a shame as I like the authors other books but this feels like they just decided to fire it out this one's a no from me

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