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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Patricia Kalember Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Kerry Kilcannon Series Release Date: December 2000 ISBN: 9780375417658
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A compelling new novel from Richard North Patterson- a major departure, and that confirms his place among the most important popular novelists at work today.

A newly elected president faces the unexpected chance to nominate a new chief justice of the Supreme Court.  His first choice is a nationally respected Court of Appeals judge, a woman whose nomination faces two serious obstacles: a long-held personal secret; and the prospect that a volatile abortion case- a trial pitting a 15-year-old girl against her pro-life parents- will come before the court.  And the Senate majority leader is determined to thwart the president's nomination for reasons that cross the boundary between the political and the personal.

As these stories intertwine, building in complexity and suspense, Patterson gives us the resounding clash of competing ambitions between the president and the majority leader; the equally momentous collision of science and culture in the courtroom; and, in an unprecedented novelistic depiction of the legal process from the perspective of the judge rather than the lawyers, a revelation of both how the judicial system works and how it intersects with politics, for better or for worse.

PROTECT AND DEFEND is a triumph- the definitive novel of politics and law at the dawn of the 21st century.


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Quotes & Awards

  • "PROTECT AND DEFEND IS A WINNER. . . . ENGROSSING FROM THE FIRST PAGE . . . Patterson crank[s] up a wild ride on a roller coaster of morality, politics, and emotions. USA Today
  • "POWERFUL . . . RIVETING FROM BEGINNING TO END . . . With Protect and Defend, Richard North Patterson lays further claim to being one of America’s best contemporary popular novelists. The Detroit News

    "BRILLIANT . . . PATTERSON HAS CAUGHT LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE. . . . PUT THIS ONE AT THE TOP OF YOUR HOT LIST.

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Steinke Rowan | 1/29/2014

    " I always enjoy these books! Flynn's writing style makes it easy to get lost in the story because there is so much detail. On to the next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 1/28/2014

    " ok - a decent read - not in the Lee Child/Reacher mould though !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 1/25/2014

    " Just love the CIA attitude when it comes to the protection of our intelligence notworks "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bart | 12/10/2013

    " Loved it. If you like guns, action, spies and Mitch Rapp, this book is for you. If not, you are probably a liberal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 11/22/2013

    " Blake and I read this together. It was good. Not to impressed with the language but it read like a good 24 episode! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Broder | 10/28/2013

    " great book as usual. Although as Mitch gets older he doesn't get as physical, which isn't as fun. Looking forward to #2 coming out in softcover! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Oliver | 10/24/2013

    " Nuclear weapons in the hands of bad guys--not a good thing--Mitch Rapp will have to save us again. If only we had a few more politicians in Washington who thought like Mitch, rather than those who think we can treat terrorists like another common criminal who has rights in our system of justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curt | 10/8/2013

    " Fun but predictable, still one of the better current authors and characters in the genre IMO "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 5/26/2013

    " Problem with this genre: it screws with the disconnect between what you KNOW to be true, right and the American Way and the visceral way you want the bad guys to handled: with latex or boxing gloves, not kid ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 5/25/2013

    " A read that will entertain and inform. Mitch embodies the last of the real cowboys. I see him more as the tormented Ethan, in the classic John Wayne, "The Searchers". The soldier that got the job done that no one else could stomach to accomplish! Kennedy shows his loyalty and his vulnerability "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Psmoore | 5/3/2013

    " Mitch is AWESOME in this book. , Vince Flynn pulled it off again. Love trying to figure out how he's gonna do it. Great story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/19/2013

    " This one is great! The series keeps getting better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley Anne | 12/17/2012

    " 8th book of the Mitch Rapp Series. See review of Transfer of Power (Paperback) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/6/2012

    " Very current writing...pray there are at least ONE Mitch Rapp working for our interests overseas...LOVED IT!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Zimmerman | 11/16/2012

    " Rapp is back after the abysmal Act of Treason, this time clashing with the Iranians and saving the world from global conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/17/2012

    " A good read for any spy/cia novel fans (such as myself). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 9/15/2012

    " great read - better then his last book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Fisher | 5/7/2012

    " Mitch Rapp at his best. A definite must read for all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 9/28/2011

    " Mitch Rapp proves he's a complete bad ass once again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 8/31/2011

    " another great one! suspense till the last page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vincent | 8/21/2011

    " A very captivating and intense read presenting strong arguments for controversial issues regarding use of violence and disregarding of rules, however I do not recommend this book due it's beginning with a bed scene, crude content spread throughout, and foul language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 8/18/2011

    " Quick reading, fast paced, vintage Vince Flynn. If you are a fan of Mitch Rapp, you have to read this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryce | 6/29/2011

    " This book starts out with an explicit sex scene, so just skip the first four pages or so and you won't miss anything. The concept of the book is great, but the writing is so-so. I'll probably just finish for the sake of finishing, but it has little to offer that I haven't read in other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 5/21/2011

    " Not as good as some of his others. He tended to get on a soapbox sometimes. I found it hard to follow some things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgeann | 5/17/2011

    " all too plausible and neither side is black and white
    a should read for any one interested in some understanding of the
    complexities of the middle east "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 5/9/2011

    " Patterson's story telling in this one reminds me of a 6th grader with ADHD. I thought it was going to be a good book after the first few pagers, then Patterson starts going in all directions and muddies up the plot with back stories. Too bad, this could have been a timely story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 5/8/2011

    " Not bad, but not great either. Patterson should really stay away from spy thrillers. He doesn't hold up well in comparison to the masters of the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 3/6/2011

    " I loved this book. Aside from it being a good thriller, I learned a lot about the Middle East. "

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About the Author
Author Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and a number of other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Patterson has appeared on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Buchanan and Press

About the Narrator

Patricia Kathryn Kalember is an American actress best known for her role as Georgiana “Georgie” Reed Whitsig in the NBC drama series, Sisters. Kalember also had the leading roles in a number of television films and co-starred in several feature films including Fletch Lives, Signs, The Company Men, and Limitless, as well as recurring roles in the TV show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.