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Protect and Defend (Mitch Rapp)
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New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with his most explosive political thriller yet. A tour de force of action-packed suspense, Protect and Defend delivers an all-too-realistic and utterly compelling vision of nations navigating the minefield of international intrigue. A true "heavyweight in the political thriller arena" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Vince Flynn has created a flesh-and-blood hero that readers can cheer for and a "finger-blistering page-turner" they won't dare put down.

In 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 one of the most creative and daring espionage operations ever conceived. The attack leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States for the attack and demands retribution. Privately, Iran's bombastic president wants much more. He wants America and Israel to pay for their aggression with blood.

Enter Mitch Rapp, America's top counterterrorism operative. Used to employing deception, Rapp sees an opportunity where others see only Iranian reprisals that could leave thousands of Americans dead. Rapp convinces President Josh Alexander to sign off on a risky operation that will further embarrass the Iranian government and push their country to the brink of revolution. As part of the plan, CIA director Irene Kennedy is dispatched to the region for a clandestine meeting with Azad Ashani, her Iranian counterpart.

But Rapp isn't the only one hatching plans. Iran's President Amatullah has recruited Hezbollah master terrorist Imad Mukhtar to do his dirty work. For decades Mukhtar has acted as a surrogate for Iran, blazing a trail of death and destruction across the Middle East and beyond. When Kennedy's meeting with Ashani 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 twenty-four hours, no questions asked, to do whatever it takes to stop Mukhtar, and avert an unthinkable catastrophe.

Customer Reviews:

  • America Needs A Real Life Mitch Rapp
    The adventures and accomplishments continue. CIA Director Irene Kennedy is kidnapped by Iranian/Hezbollah backed terrorists after a secret meeting with her Iranian counterpart Azad Ashani. A seemingly harmless worker in the Iranian Isfahan Nuclear Facility is in fact a Mossad agent who figures out a way to destroy the facility from within before it becomes operational. When decisive action is needed in Washington to rescue Kennedy there are unfortunately voices pleading the case for the enemy. You can almost hear our current Attorney General voicing concerns in the aftermath of the CIA Directors abduction about his concern for legal procedures to be followed and the rights of the terrorist perpetrators. Deputy CIA Director Chuck O'Brien was right along voicing concerns about Rapp being unleashed to solve the problem in his own way. "We can get answers from these people without cutting off their apendages." Maybe. But, if answers are needed within hours. Maybe not. With the CIA Director facing torture we don't have time to start long term hostage negotiations. Fortunately, The President stands firm behind Rapp and the good guys prevail. The bad guys meet their justice. Great blistering paced read....more info
  • A Lot of Truth Here
    Vince Flynn's books were recommended by a friend who told me that the main character in these books is her hero. This book is the first I have read. There will be many more. As many as I can get my hands on. He's a very capable author and the subject matter is exciting, attention grabbing and right up with the times we are living in. I have to give him a 10....more info
  • Protect and Defend
    Great book, facts make sense, I like that an educated woman has the power of the CIA and can tough it out when it gets tough. Just enough real culture and politics to keep you hooked. Fun thrill read. Good guy and gal book - not all spy novels can reach both....more info
  • Mitch Rapp at the Top of His Game
    A bit of a switch. The story is more involved in Mideast politics & terrorism than US politics. If your looking for a story that hits the ground running, this one doesn't. There's an "Event" at the beginning followed by a good deal of set-up for what is to follow. Once the action & Rapp get going, the book is very difficult to put down. He's at his no-nonsense best. His character has evolved well through previous novels. Flynn has developed the Mideast characters very well in this book. It's well worth your time...more info
  • Topical and well-written
    I'm a regular reader of the Mitch Rapp series, along with Tom Clancy and David Baldacci, and Dale Brown. Protect and Defend is one of my favorites. It is very topical, concerning itself with the Iranian nuclear program and how to defeat it without an air strike. It also illustrates that politicians need to understand that sometimes torture, or at least the credible threat of torture, is sometimes necessary to save lives.

    The character development was very good and Flynn has a handle on the culture of the Islamic world. The story or Iran's nuclear program and maneuverings by Israel seems to be in the news most days, so the topic is extremely current. Although the ending could have used a bit more detail and seemed to wind up a bit too fast, I highly recommend Protect and Defend.
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  • Mitch Rapp Does it Again
    This isn't the best of the Rapp series, but it defintely will keep you interested. This book focuses on Iran and the dangers of their nuclear threat. Flynn has some of the best intelligence sources of any fiction writer. He is able to get into the politics of Iran and the Middle East. Flynn has an arrogant, maniacal Mahmoud Ahmadinejad character who uses Hezbollah to bring harm to America. To top it off, the story has kidnappings, torture and everything one would expect from a Mitch Rapp novel. Great fast-paced story....more info
  • high testosterone CIA agent in the world on terror
    This book is Rambo enters the CIA. Mitch Rapp is on America's side, but he doesn't mind some hand to hand combat, including killing without leaving a mark to do whatever it takes to further his cause. Mitch uses an Israeli commando operation as a means to start some political unrest in Iran, but plans change when someone close to him needs his help. Enter Mitch Rapp in super Rambo mode. ...more info