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The Protector (Cavanaugh #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,920 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Cavanaugh, a former member of Delta Force who now works as a protector for those rich enough to afford him and his team, is hired by a brilliant scientist named Prescott who needs protection from a powerful drug lord seeking the highly addictive drug he has invented. At least, that is what Cavanaugh is led to believe. After Cavanaugh trains the scientist in escape and evas ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published 2003 by Headline Book Publishing
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Mike (the Paladin)
May 29, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, thriller
Some years ago I picked up The Brotherhood of the Rose and loved it. From there I went to The Fraternity Of The Stone, The Fifth Profession and others. Some of his books I found great, others I had to ask..."is this the same writer?" So his books have run the gamut for me.

This one is a good book. It's a great read that will (if you like fast action and thrills) keep you turning pages (or listening to the audio). It is flawed in a couple of small ways and there were moments when I thought I'd be
Tale focuses upon a former Delta Green commando doing bodyguard services for a biochemist who has a special drug that is supposed to cure addictions but instead magnifies fear greatly. Said commando gets infected with it and is now on the run seeking a cure.

A good part of the tale takes place in Carmel, California which is one of my favorite locales.

A tense fast-moving thriller if you aren't super picky.

Third reading.

Jul 06, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non-stop suspense and action, but hard to believe !

We have to admit that Morrell's novel "Protector" rarely pauses for breath -- so the pages turn pretty fast as we are soon caught up in the hero's thrills and chills. The protagonist is Cavanaugh, an ex-Delta Force specialist who works for a protective custody firm. In quite a twist, we soon start wondering whether the current client, bio-chemist genius Daniel Prescott, is the one needing protection or a horrific villain in his own right who tur
Jan 07, 2010 Robbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone looking for an action-packed, easy read
Not including children's books, I have probably read more books by David Morrell than any other author, although it has been several years since I've last read him. True to Morrell's style, The Protector is a fast-moving thriller from the first page until the last. For Morrell fans, the protagonist, Cavanaugh, is one we've seen before: former elite military specialist whose profession is now a protector and who is an expert in all things tactical, survival and lethal.

The basic premise, which ca
Sep 29, 2013 Glenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spotted the David Morrell books when I picked up the novels by Michelle Moran. I remembered reading a few of his books when I was first married based on the recommendation of my husband, who wanted two dogs named Romulus and Remus. As I stared at the library shelf full of Morrell books I decided to read another because I had enjoyed four of his other books years before.

The last action suspense novels I read were those written by Vince Flynn. As I began The Protector my mind kept wondering how
Jun 11, 2011 Manugw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This is a book of action with some technical insights about weapons and safety methods employed by those trained in tactical operations employed against an enemy in a war or against criminals in the street

However, as an entertainment the plot is dull, linear and with cardboard characters developed in just one dimension. The "old original ruse "about the good guy who takes on the bad guy, finally beating him after a very long chase giving wa
Dec 11, 2015 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Audiobook published in 2003 by Skyboat Productions
Read by Stefan Rudnicki
Duration: 11 hours, 7 minutes

David Morrell excels at the thriller but he really excels at a subset of the thriller - what I call a "chase novel." His first novel, First Blood , was this type of book. The protagonist is being chased by someone or a group of people and the reader gets taking along for the ride.

This book is like that as well. A research scientist named Prescott hires a private securit
Tyson Adams
Jul 21, 2014 Tyson Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It surprises me just a little that I only just discovered David Morrell's books. He writes thrillers, he's been doing so since before I was born, yet I'd never heard of him, let alone realised he was the brains behind the Rambo franchise.... Okay, that latter point is not a huge selling point, unless you like seeing people sawn in half with a machine gun for the final act of a movie (Hint: my answer is yes).

In The Protector we have a protective services operator, Cavanaugh, protecting a client,
Kara Jorges
Once a Delta Force agent, Cavanaugh now works as a protector, keeping clients safe from their enemies. His latest assignment is biochemist Daniel Prescott, who has paid Cavanaugh's employer, Protective Services, to help him disappear. Prescott says he has invented a chemical that people develop an instant addiction to, and a Colombian drug lord wants to kidnap him and force him to manufacture it. He chose to disappear because he cannot go to the government for help, as someone on the inside betr ...more
Darren Vincent
Oct 22, 2012 Darren Vincent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Solid Entertainment.

I was so very close to giving this book 4 stars because it never really let up once it got going, but I wouldn't give it four stars because of the writing itself. This book was very different for me because once we got through the very first two intro scenes, the rest of the book is completely straightforward from the main character's perspective. There was no cutting away to other subplots or minor characters at all. This is the most linear-written book that I have ever read
Sep 01, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is one of the fastest thrillers ever written. I mean that as high praise.

I was very pleased to learn about the high end part of this kind of profession from the inside out. The tactics, the devices, the weapons (one of which is on the cover, the Emerson CQC knife series that because of this book I actually purchased for myself), and also the mentality required to be good in this profession. Body guards are NOT just retired body builders or aged martial arts fighters. They are very highly tr
Ginger Weirich
Feb 21, 2016 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a hormone in aerosol form that, when inhaled, creates a fear response so intense as to wipe away any semblance of sanity. When Cavanagh is sent to protect a biochemist and help him disappear, it turns out that two sets of people are after him. One wants to capture him; the other wants him dead. And talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Excellent story, high on suspense, an adrenalin rush. I’ll watch for more from this author. 5 stars.
Feb 02, 2015 Trucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Morrell is great with moving at a fast pace and keeping the pages turning. This one's no exception and I enjoyed the story. It is different in that he allows the main "tough" character to show his frailties and fall short of the typical hero in the movies...more believable and allows the reader to identify better with this guy who has nevertheless been trained to the gills.
David Jarrett
This was a mediocre thriller written by an author who has the talent to do better. The plot was confusing and contrived, the characters predictable and wooden, and the main protagonist just another "superman" who, seemingly, can defeat any enemy -- or even a horde of enemies -- all by himself. Sorry, but I prefer believable characters. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them, but this is not one I would recommend.
Nov 22, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-Delta Force officer, Cavanagh is assigned to protect a seriously overweight and extremely nervous biochemist named Daniel Prescott who has invented a dangerous drug to induce fear in everyone including those trained to feel no fear. Unfortunately, appearances can be deceptive. Cavanagh finds himself alone and fighting for his life and trying to track down Prescott, the man he was supposed to protect, but who turned out to be more dangerous than the people who wanted Prescott dead.

If you like
Sep 07, 2012 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading David Morrell since the '79's. He has always written taught, hold your breath thrillers. But unlike his previous works, this seems almost cardboardish. I was never able to really like any of the characters. This book was a procedural, a how to. It never let the reader develop a link to any of the main characters. Or any of the characters. The villain, was a true evil being, with absolutely no redeeming characteristics. But the "protector" in turn was just a wooden solider. Wh ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who read Harlan Coben, Greg Iles or Nelson DeMille.
A very good read. One of the reasons I like most of David Morrell's books has to do with the amount of research and training he undertakes before writing. For this book, he interviewed a US Marshall, learned defensive and offensive antiterrorist driving techniques and trained with a member contract member of the Diplomatic Security Service.

For Ohioans, he interviewed a lieutenant from Ohio's Montgomery County Sheriff's department, who helped plan the high-level security for the 1995 Dayton (Bos
David Eagle
Morrell remains the master of a genre that I describe, in my head, as "Airport spy novels". They're a particular guilty pleasure, an action story with a little mystery, a hero who is a pinnacle of masculinity, pacing that keeps the story rolling, keeps you engaged through all of your flight delays and baggage claim woes.

Other writers in this Genre include Lee Childs and Vince Flynn, and they have their strengths, but Morrell was the first great one, and his "Fifth Profession" and "Brotherhood o
Dec 04, 2010 D.K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cavanaugh, a former Army Delta Force soldier who now works at a protective custody firm has never known fear. But after being exposed to a fear hormone, Cavanaugh questions his abilities as a protector. After his assignment of protecting a chemist goes terribly wrong, he calls the last person he ever wanted to for help, his wife. While suffering from the effects of the hormone, his fear is compounded by the fact that he must not one keep himself alive, but that of his wife.

Morrell wrote a fast-p
Jan 02, 2016 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2016-read
Working for an agency that protects people, a well=trained agent and his team are betrayed by the scientist who hired them for protection. A good thriller.
Jul 14, 2015 Yemic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
straight to the action, very fast paced non stop suspense, and action. you tend to feel for the main character and seriously dislike Prescott. really good book could hardly put it down
May 31, 2014 Hazel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a good suspense/thriller! fast paced, full of twists & turns that I did not expect! and the ending was not bad! a good read if you're looking for an exciting, edge-of-your-seat read!
Aug 28, 2011 Glenajo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, suspense, action
Ex-Delta force officer, Cavanaugh, hired to protect Daniel Prescott, discovers that Prescott invented a drug that so dramatically increases fear that even those trained to handle fear immediately loose control. After taking Prescott into protection, Prescott turns on his protectors and Cavahaugh begins a journey to catch Prescott to obtain the antidote to the drug. The story twists and turns throughout as the reader encounters state of the art protection services and “Mission Impossible” like sc ...more
Charlene Gordon
Aug 14, 2014 Charlene Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Read this in 2004.
Feb 19, 2014 Bryce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very tight exciting story.
This was my first David Morrell book and it was terrific. Morrell is known as an action writer and this book proves it. Chapter after chapter the action continued; chases, gun battles, escapes, some mystery, some thriller. Good dialog, great characters. I like this author, but he seems to write mostly unconnected novels, not so much series. I like series and I like this character, Cavanaugh. Maybe I'll run across him again and I'll hope that Morrell's other novels are just as good as this one.
Greg Lang
David Morrell has been one of my favorite authors for the past 30 years but this time he left me a little disappointed. I can't say this was one of his best. For such a smart guy, the main character does some pretty stupid things in this story. Such as trusting the antagonist even after he had murdered several of his friends and colleagues. The ending was a little disappointing too. The punishment didn't seem to fit the crime and the story ended a little abruptly as well..
Andrew Carter
Feb 02, 2016 Andrew Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Morrell is one of my favorite authors and this book continues to make me a believer. I read it in two sittings.
Aug 16, 2014 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid thriller from the master of the form. It moves like a bullet, but doesn't have the depth and innovation of his best work.
Cheap and Lazy
Not rating this because I chose to stop listening to it just past half-way through. This would be a great book for people who are sticklers for accuracy, eventualities, and procedures. I may have enjoyed it more myself if I'd read it rather than listened to it. The premise is great--a chemical weapon which induces tremendous fear. The MC is well-drawn, and I liked that he includes his wife. I just got bogged down in all of those details.
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David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.
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