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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,373 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vince Flynn Narrator: Armand Schultz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mitch Rapp Series Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780743568258
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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 twenty-four hours, no questions asked, to do whatever it takes to stop Mukhtar—and avert an unthinkable catastrophe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spectacular and exceptionally timely…Mitch Rapp is back with a vengeance.” 

    The Providence Journal

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

    -- Providence Journal
  • “A timely reflection of the current international scene. With George Guidall behind the microphone, listeners get a dependable narration that…brings depth to the suspense.” 

    AudioFile

  • “One of Vincent Flynn’s best.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P J | 2/15/2014

    " If this was any more timely you would be living it now - and maybe we are. Made me stop a nd ask myself what else has our government bpaid for. Great work Vince! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick Fisher | 2/14/2014

    " 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 Barb Neddo | 2/12/2014

    " Another great Mitch Rapp book from Flynn. This time CIA operative, Mitch Rapp takes on the leader of the Hezbollah. A great page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cris | 2/9/2014

    " Vince Flynn's usual -- readers of Tom Clancy, etc.. will like this book. But it is not one of his bests. The ending in particular was rather anti-climatic.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 2/6/2014

    " Best of the series since Memorial Day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 1/24/2014

    " Uber-agent Mitch Rapp is fighting the terrorists again. In this book, he goes up against the Iranians. An Israeli agent manages to penetrate and destroy an Iranian nuclear facility. The Iranians blame the US. In retaliation, they capture and hold the director of the CIA hostage. Rapp's job is to rescue her. Most of the action takes place in Mosul Iraq. The book depicts the crazed Iranian government directed by Hezbollah terrorists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JC | 1/19/2014

    " This is a fun Rapp adventure in which Rapp and Kennedy work to uncover a terrorist plot and Rapp goes crazy as usual when he interrogates some of the terrorists. Nothing new here, just a fun read in this series. Also probably the shortest in the series to date. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 1/2/2014

    " As usual, Vince Flynn continues to write another page turner. However, it wasn't the page turner it usually is until just over half way through the book, then the author owned me like he usually does. That second half took off at lightening speed and their was one thing happening after another that made me unable to lay the book down. The problem was that I don't think their was resolution on all of the problems launched at America by the Iranians. I felt like once their victim of kidnapping was handed back, they forgot about all of the other accusations against them. I would like to have known how they resolved the scenarios with the submarine, and falsifying evidence of bribery. Hopefully they are addressed in book nine, which I am anxious to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Schmidt | 1/1/2014

    " Irene Kennedy has been kidnapped and Rapp is out to get her back, no matter who has to die in the process. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/4/2013

    " Great thriller that makes you watch CNN in a different light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/9/2013

    " Mitch Rapp rolls on... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Walter | 9/22/2013

    " I wasn't sure about this when I started it... I am truly glad I finished it. It was a great ride with plenty of good solid action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryHelen | 9/1/2013

    " Another fabulous Vince Flynn read - hard to stop once you've started! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/23/2013

    " Entertaining listen. Lots of action. There were some plot points that went over my head as this was my first Rapp book and it's well into the series. Interesting perspective on Iranian politics and people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim McCulloch | 8/21/2013

    " Outstanding! More classic Mitch Rapp taxing the patience of his handlers, thumbing his nose at the politically correct, and terrorizing terrorists to save the U.S. from harm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 7/12/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim George | 7/1/2013

    " Mitch Rapp is a great good guy; always on dangerous clandestine government operations. He gets the girl, beats up bad guys, and always wins - no matter what. A great beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 6/17/2013

    " I stayed up late to finish this one. I have read all the Mitch Rapp books and not one has been a disappointment. Lots of tricks and angles in the plot, lots of action, lots of good characters and, of course, Rapp himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ciara | 6/16/2013

    " 8th book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laralee | 6/9/2013

    " I heard this author interviewed. Flynn writes with a lot of personal knowledge and experience - which can be disconcerting. Flynn is not a genteel writer so he may offend some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loonchick | 5/5/2013

    " Very interesting novel -- could barely put it down... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JanieceK | 1/9/2013

    " About a CIA spy . . . you can only hope that this is a realistic view. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 12/9/2012

    " Outstanding Mitch Rapp novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Wilson | 12/5/2012

    " Another good thriller. Starts slow and develops well by the end. 4 stars due to language and descriptive torture scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 10/23/2012

    " When I was half way through the book, I decided this wasn't my favorite Mitch Rapp book, however I grew to really like the issues it dealt with more than the action packed adventures I'm used to reading. I did love it and would read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Steinke Rowan | 11/11/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 10/17/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 8/2/2011

    " Another great book by Vince Flynn. A superb thriller will blend fact with fiction and make it seriously plausible. Flynn does this and more. I actually give it five and a half stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 5/21/2011

    " Another book about protecting the President. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/16/2011

    " I was expecting a lot more from the ending. Recovering the Director of the CIA seemed pretty effortless compared to some of Rapp's other conquests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grayson | 5/10/2011

    " By far my favorite of the Mitch rapp series. The most excellent blend of action, suspense, and espionage by mr. Vince Flynn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " 3 hrs and 40 minutes in, I gave up. Mostly boring 3rd person narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 3/18/2011

    " Very cool. My boss has been feeding me these tyoes of books and its a genre I never really looked at before. Recommend for anyone who likes Tom Clancy and anti-terrorist style action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott | 3/5/2011

    " Meh. I expect these books to be (mostly) predictable, but I still like it when the author makes it interesting in getting from point A to point B. Not sure I'll be chasing down the rest of the series after this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/17/2011

    " Starts with an act of clean-up re the murder of the president's wife from the last book, and moves on to the destruction of Iran's nuclear facility and the hilarity that ensues. "

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

    " Too pat as usual.....
    Wish there really were people like this.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 2/9/2011

    " flynn is one of my enjoyable authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/21/2011

    " Vince Flynn is one of my guilty pleasures. This book moves at lightening speed with interesting insights into diplomacy and politics. My only wish is for less swearing! Can't help it, I enjoy these books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don | 1/14/2011

    " Not quite a good as a couple of its predecessors. Memorial Day, Act of Treason, and Consent to Kill are the best so far. "

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