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3.9999296 out of 53.9999296 out of 53.9999296 out of 53.9999296 out of 53.9999296 out of 5 4.00 (9,375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vince Flynn Narrator: Armand Schultz, George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mitch Rapp Series Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780743568265
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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

  • “By the Mitch Rapp arrives in this exciting thriller, one ticking time bomb has already gone off. The bomb arrives in the form of a covert Israeli attack that turns Iran’s second-largest city into a radioactive ecological disaster. With that damage done, the US counterterrorism operative must cobble together a strategy to prevent a bloody retaliation designed to ensnare America as well. When part of his plan misfires, matters escalate dangerously, locking Rapp and a Hezbollah terror chief in a mass life or death struggle. One of Vincent Flynn’s best.”

    BarnesandNoble.com, editorial review

  • 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
  • “Spectacular and exceptionally timely....Mitch Rapp is back with a vengeance…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 (Rhode Island)

  • “Mitch Rapp looks into the destruction of Iran’s secret nuclear weapons…willing to do whatever needs doing to complete the mission.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John M | 5/6/2017

    " I just finished reading Protect and Defend. I am reading the whole series in order. This story had a good plot but lacked enough of the edge of your seat action that I love from other books in this series. It was still an enjoyable read and still a must if you want to understand references in future books as Vince Flynn liked to refer back to previous information written in his other books. Overall this is still a good read as a stand alone but not the best in the series. "

  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 donn | 4/18/2016

    " I have read all the Vince Flynn books and this was my first foray into the audio side. I remember this book as being a real page-turner when I read it but for some reason the audio version did not reach out and grab me like I had expected. (and it's not because I had already read the book) I'm not sure if it was the pace of the narrator that didn't exactly click with the action or .... This was the second audio book I had ever listened to and was really excited after the thrill I had after listening to the first one and began this one with high expectation. That being said, if you have not previously read this book I do encourage you to listen or read this one. For me, no better fiction character in this genre that MITCH RAPP!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Robertson | 2/18/2014

    " Great read. In the same manner as Tom Clancy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 2/18/2014

    " Story good but a bit thin.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 2/17/2014

    " Fairly predictable. Flynn telegraphs the ending very early on with one of the Muslim antagonists having second thoughts about his fellow extremists. You just know he is going to turn and help Rapp at the end. Still a decent read and gets better in the 2nd half of the book. However not one of my favorite in the Rapp series. I gave it 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/16/2014

    " I really like these books, but honestly they are probably more like a 3.5 instead of a four. You do not have to read the entire series, you can just pick one up and read it. Each book is it's own complete story, they just have the same main character, Mitch Rapp, a CIA agent. They really remind me a lot of a television show I really like, 24. Mitch is the equivalent of Jack Bower. Word of warning, there is some language and violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 1/30/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one from Vince Flynn, too. The main character is a no nonsense government agent who does the kind of things that need to be done but that few want to are done. This involves a race against the clock to stop the torture of the director of CIA while defusing a potential that could throw the Mid East and US into war. Obviously, these books contain story lines that are far fetched in detail but that is why they are fiction. Very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abhishek S | 1/16/2014

    " in each chapter Mr. Flynn is introducing at least 2 new characters...finding hard to keep in mind who is who.. :/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Mac | 1/14/2014

    " This is by far the worst of the Mitch Rapp books. There is always some level of unbelievability to these stories but this one is really out there. Mitch Rapp (nearly) single-handedly saves the day again and breaks all of the rules getting there...blah blah blah. This is a good fast read on an airplane ride when you don't want to think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/9/2014

    " Set in the current geophysical/political situation. Like the TV show "21" only not tethered to the office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim George | 1/4/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/27/2013

    " New book, same story - Mitch Rapp kills a lot of bad guys. That said, I really enjoyed, and it was perfect for a long plane ride with plenty of time to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 12/5/2013

    " Good read. A little graphic in some places, but sometimes I need a little Mitch Rapp in my life. Doesn't everybody? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Rocks | 11/26/2013

    " Blame is placed on America when a nuclear facility in Iran is leveled. Another war seems imminent when a high profile kidnapping brings it all to the boil. Another fast paced, great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/6/2013

    " This is a fast-paced political thriller. I like the main character, Mitch Rapp, a lot. He's a tough counter-terrorist agent who does what it takes to get the bad guys. A page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 8/24/2013

    " Totally enjoying the entire Mitch Rapp series. This book happens very quickly, the entire story takes place over two days. Centered on Iran's attempts to become a nuclear power. Add to that a kidnapped director of the CIA....very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 7/13/2013

    " typical Vince Flynn. You can't set it down. Good research on his facts. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raymond | 6/17/2013

    " The nuclear sabotage and CIA Director kidnapping in this novel was not very interesting to me. In the opening, Mitch Rapp terminates an unresolved issue from the previous novel and a corresponding issue from the kidnapping in this novel is resolved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 4/15/2013

    " If I could give 3.5, I would have. It was better than Act of Treason, but wasn't as good as some of the others in the series. There were some great tense moments and a few parts that were very, very engaging, but overall, the plot was a little thin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Neddo | 3/29/2013

    " 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 Julie | 3/23/2013

    " OK thriller. Entertaining for an airplane flight, but don't go out of your way to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Wilson | 3/19/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Peralta | 12/16/2012

    " Holy cow! That was a good one. Intense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip Cook | 9/19/2012

    " Another good Mitch Rapp book. If you like the series you'll like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/6/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Curt | 6/23/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 4/10/2012

    " One of the best in the series. I think that this one had thebest storyline out of all the Mitch Rapp books. This one was fast paced and kept you nterested the whole way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trevor | 3/6/2012

    " I couldn't put the book down. I caught myself reading during class lessons and lectures. Vince Flynn remains one of the only authors that I will read in excess because of the reality, his logic, and our nearly parallel views on politics and policy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen S | 6/27/2011

    " I haven't spent much time reading this genre, but I'm now a huge Mitch Rapp fan! With recent world events and concerns about our national security, I want to know we have Mitch Rapps out there who understand the cost of defending and protecting our country and who can keep the politics out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/21/2011

    " A real ripped-from-the-headlines style page-turner, but waaay too much graphic violence. I think I agree with the character who said that Mitch is totally out of control, and not in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith guyette | 6/19/2011

    " Bored with mindless killing, have no fucking clue what to read next. "

  • 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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About the Author
Author Vince Flynn

Vince Flynn (1966–2013) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After struggling for years to get published, his first novel, Term Limits, hit the New York Times bestseller list and started a trend for all of his novels, which have become perennial bestsellers. He earned a sterling reputation for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of radical Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

About the Narrators

Armand Schultz has appeared on Broadway in The Herbal Bed, A View from the Bridge, and The Secret Rapture. He has performed extensively with the New York Shakespeare Festival and has been seen off Broadway in the award-winning Stuff Happens at the Public Theatre in New York City. His films include Vanilla Sky and Malcolm X.

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.