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The Protector (Taskforce #1)

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Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she’s targeted by terrorists avenging her father’s actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust: former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun.

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Paperback, 238 pages
Published June 24th 2011 (first published 2011)
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Jul 01, 2011 Auntee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the author; Romantic Suspense featuring military heroes
I'm so glad Marliss Melton is back in the game again! Her SEAL Team 12 series is one of my favorites, and I can't believe her publisher didn't want her to continue writing about SEALs. Her latest book, The Protector is self-published, and MM wisely chose to stick with a formula that has worked for her in the past. Her heroine, ESL (English as a second language) teacher Eryn McClellan, is the daughter of the top US commander in Afghanistan. Eryn's in a bit of a pickle--she has a terrorist after h ...more
This book didn't work for me, I didn't like the characters (what is up with the names?), the whole setup with the daughter of a General being hunted and the whole FBI thing seemed so reckless and unprofessional and most important of all I didn't like the characters.

The story didn't pull me in, the characters monologues and dialogues were weird. The romance too lacked something.
Bottom-line not my cup of tea, try the other books by this author.
*2,5 stars*

I gave this author a try because of my author's names challenge.

Until the last 1/3 I was giving it 3,5 stars, but then the heroine started to have TSTL reactions. Also, at one point I found the FBI behavior OTT. I mean, the heroine is the daughter of a respected 4 stars general, not any lambda citizen they can bully as they please.
The first book in Marliss Melton's Taskforce series. Eryn McClellan is the daughter of a general and teaches English as a second language. One of her students saves her life but loses his and Eryn is put in FBI custody for protection. But the FBI isn't doing all that great of a job so the General calls on one of his former men, Isaac "Ike" Calhoun, to protect his daughter. Now the reluctant "protector" must ensure Eryn's safety, not only from the bad guys but himself.

This has all the right eleme
Mary Gramlich
THE PROTECTOR by Marliss Melton
07/11 – Published by CreateSpace - Paperback, 240 pages

Is it the person or the act that makes one a hero?

Eryn McClellan has traveled the world as her family gladly follower her father’s military career. She admires him, respects and the military choices he has had to make even though those choices have made her a target for a terrorist group that wants her head literally on a silver platter. The only person her father trusts to keep her safe is Isaac “Ike” Calhoun,
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jul 31, 2011 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: like a bit of romance and a military trained hero
I got this for a great price on my Nook. I'm always looking for new authors and this looked interesting.

If you are looking for a book with a little bit of romance, a good story plot, fair character development, this is may work for you. It has a military twist, so if you don't like this type of story - you may not like this. A terrorist plot is throughout the story.

Overall, not bad. I would give it 3.5 to 4 stars. I will try another by this author.

Happy Reading!
I think this story had potential but sadly for me it didn't work. Dialog was wierd, forced. I just didn't get in the story kind of like watching cartoon character trying to look real.
I forced myself to read it to the end.
So ... not my type of book.
Marliss Melton's SEAL Team 12 books have been among my favorite military-themed romantic suspense. I was disappointed when her publisher decided no more SEAL books. That turns out to be short-sighted since the heroic SEALs killed Bin Laden, making them very popular with the general public. I was delighted to hear Melton was self-publishing a new series of military RS in ebook format, and bought the first one as soon as it was out.

Unfortunately, it didn't live up to Melton's previous books. The o
Another author friend of mine was discussing the problems Marliss Melton had had with her publisher (Ms. Melton writes military romantic suspense and apparently her publisher decided they didn’t want any more SEAL books from her) and so Ms. Melton had decided to self-publish.

I was intrigued by the story and wanted to see what the publisher had passed up, so I went ahead and read The Protector. From the very first page we are pulled into Eryn’s story when one of her students is acting very stran
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I love it when the story gets right into the action, and takes off with a bang.
The story is told by three different point of views: the couple's, the FBI's, and the terrorist's. It gave the suspense part of the story a well rounded view, and brought up the tension and anxiety. The FBI agents nearly made the story into a tragicomedy. The leader's desire to advance his career rode over any and all good and right decisions towards na
Kris H.
I'm so glad Mariliss Melton is back. I'd forgotten how well she does romantic suspense. I really liked this book and can't wait for her to continue with this series.
A really great start to what I believe will be a really great new series.
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This was a very interesting read. The premise was intriguing and kept the story flowing. I gotta say I did not like Ike all the time. And the FBI guy Kane is really not like-able.

As a hero, Ike is rough around the edges. He was bossy and domineering, not always in a good way. He kicks things off more bully than hero. Fortunately he lightens up over time and exposure to Eryn. By the end I really had come to like him. The while tortured warri
The Protector by Marliss Melton
Romantic Suspense -July 7th, 2011
4 ½ stars

The Protector is the exciting prequel to the author’s Counterterroist Taskforce series.

ESL teacher Eryn McClellan finds herself a target of Islamic extremists who want revenge on her powerful father, General McClellan. She is immediately placed in a safe house by the FBI but feels caged. However, the FBI plans to use Eryn as bait to catch the extremist and leak information about her location. Meanwhile, aware of the danger
Cassie McCown
The Protector (Taskforce 1)
By: Marliss Melton
ISBN: 9781460951811
Published June 24, 2011
Available Format: Paperback, ebook

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Eryn McClellan is an ESL teacher in D.C., just living her normal, somewhat boring life. Things are turned upside down when a group of terrorists target her in order to avenge her father’s actions in Afghanistan. With the FBI using Eryn as bait, her father sends in his own man to protect her, former Navy SEAL Issac Calhoun. Ike was certain he’d left the days of
The Protector (Taskforce 1) by Marliss Melton

Eryn McClellan is a ESL teacher at Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C. One day she is staying after school to help her student from Afghanistan, Itzak Dharker. They both leave to go home and Itzak is telling her that he will protect her and when they see a black taxi he tells her to run away. The taxi driver is the leader of the Brotherhood of Islam a terrorist group that is after Eryn. Her father General McClellan is commander of the Internationa
I had high hopes for this book since the blurb itself is very promising. However, as the story unfolds, the two main character's love story starts to slides to the backside for me and the reason I kept on reading was because of the sub plot. In short, the secondary characters and the secondary subplots engaged me more than the H/h's story.
The h is a very fine example of a character that thrives well when the weather is good. But when hardship comes, her selfishness/brat-iness appears. I can unde
Only because Afghani senior Itzak Dharker has second thoughts can Eryn escape a man hell-bent on kidnapping her.
She is an English teacher, but also the daughter of U.S Commander McClellan. That’s what I call a motive! A terrorist is out for revenge.
Unfortunately the FBI is about as capable as a bunch of first graders, and that’s why the General enlists the help of Isaac “Ike” Calhoun. After a mission of the fubar (fucked up beyond all reason/recognition/repair) kind left four of his men dead, he
THE PROTECTOR by Marliss Melton is an exciting romantic suspense set in present day Washington,D.C. and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virgina.It is written with depth and details.The characters will capture your heart and will keep you spell bound.When Eryn McClellan,the daughter of a general operating in Afghanistan,is targeted by an avenging terrorist, for her father's actions in Afghanistan,the FBI steps in.But Eryn's father knows he can only trust her life with someone he trusts: former Navy S ...more
I'm completely done with Marliss Melton. This book angered me so much that I actually deleted it from my Kindle so it wouldn't infect anything else.

The first time the hero and heroine are safely into their hiding place, the hero absolutely bullies her. Completely. And he does so in total ignorance of modern medicine. The heroine's problem is very real. Not only is this a total turn-off, it also indicates the author's ignorance.

So Mr. Hero us a bully. Gosh. What a swell guy. And immediately afte
First I have to say I loved The Protector. I've read it three times now. Ike and Eryn are both characters that I love and want to be happy.

Eryn McClellan teaches ESL and her father is a US General. She's targeted by terrorist because of him. The General asks former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun, a man he trusts and treats like a son, to protect Eryn.

Ike Calhoun has left the Navy and the war behind and is living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now suddenly he's responsible for keeping Eryn safe. Ike tries t
M.M. Seal Team 12 are the top of my favorite books to read. This book published by M.M. 'cause her publisher did not want her to write about Seals anymore. Found all the characters, not just the main ones, interesting. Ike (Seal Sniper) is protecting Eryn, from the terrorists out for revenge because of her father. He also has the FBI to contend with, as some members want to use Eryn as bait. Special Agent Jackson was a very likable character and so was Ringo which M.M. gave next to nothing away ...more
I love Marliss Melton's books and met her at the RT Convention in Kansas City this year. This was another great book. Eryn McClellan's father is the top commander in Afghanistan. She is targeted by a terrorist because his son was killed in a raid authorized by General McClellan. The FBI uses her as bait until the father calls on a former NAVY Seal that the General knows will protect his daughter. Ike Calhoun had retired after he lost some men. Even though he only intends to protect Eryn from the ...more
Kirsten McKeown
Beach chair? Check. Beach towel? Check. Beer? Check. A copy of this book? Roger that. I've recently done a lot of research into the the special ops thriller genre (yes, it's research, ahem)... some books in this genre are complete schmaltz... others scratch an itch quite nicely. Who knew being kidnapped and dragged up a mountainside in West Virginia could have so many upsides? (OK, I had a feeling it might, using the book cover as reconnaissance.) Good news--it's the first in a to-be-written ser ...more
Jeffrey Wilson
Bestselling author Marliss Melton will not disappoint her many fans with this one! Once again she shows her incredible talent for blending the action thriller and romance genres into an explosive and powerful novel that will thrill lovers of both. The protector may be her best book yes. Her characters and her story line never betray her commitment to writing in a realistic style that makes the story-- and those characters-- really come alive.

It is hard to imagine that any fan of the action/roma
Reba Dom
I've read the whole Seals series by this author and really enjoyed it. I even enjoyed this book but not to the extent of the others. This one felt forced. I never really felt like the characters fully connected before they were in bed together. And the heroine seemed to focus more on having sex than the fact that her life was in danger. I loved Ike. His character was damaged but strong and forceful but unsure of himself. Just didn't care for Eryn. Overall, good book but not great.
Story: 2.75
This is the first Marliss Melton book I've ever read and I really enjoyed the storyline. A tortured hero gets me every time and I loved how she made her main characters work. The book was fast-paced and very exciting, and the military aspect of it was expertly woven in. The only thing I didn't like was how much language there was and the explicit sex scenes were a little much for me. But overall, great plot and interesting characters.
Lord knows I love to read a good Military Romantic Suspense and let me just tell you The Protector was a fabulous M.R.S. I loved the plot, the characters, and most of all how perfectly Marliss entwined them all together! Ike and Eryn were absolutely beautiful together, well, once they finally gave in and actually came together ;)

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winston. *sigh. and ike is hot too. hahaha. this is a feel good story.
I had a hard time buying into the romance in this book. The characters didn't like each other at the start, nothing new there, but even when they were supposed to be falling for each other it didn't seem real to me. I was annoyed with most of the FBI guys in this one, they were part of the problem. Had they acted ethically there wouldn't have been as many dead and Eryn would have been safe all along.
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Marliss Melton is the author of over a dozen counterterrorist/romantic suspense stories, including two Navy SEALs series (SEAL Team 12 and Echo Platoon), a counterterrorist Taskforce Trilogy, three novellas, and two short stories. She relies on her experience as a military spouse and on her many contacts in the Spec Ops and Intelligence communities to pen realistic and heartfelt s
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