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Release (The Protector #3)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  691 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
After uniting the shifters and calling in reinforcements, Chase has to face his toughest challenge yet: learning to control his emotions. But as tensions rise and his powers grow, controlling his emotions becomes the least of his problems.

Terrorized by a multi-shifter who is hell-bent on turning him, Chase questions just how far he’s willing to go to stop his father. Meanw
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Published December 8th 2012 (first published November 21st 2012)
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Sep 30, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads

5 stars - Action and imagination explode to make this one unforgettable!

I love the imagination of M.R. Merrick. The world he has crafted in The Protector series is Urban Fantasy at it's best. There's enough real life in it that I'm comfortable, not overwhelmed trying to keep track of a whole different existence. Next he adds all my favorite kinds of paranormal creatures, vampires, shifters, demons and more. Add to that a few demon hunters, witches, and some magic. Mix thoroughly with trips to ot
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Chase Williams is back trying up stop his father Riley from collecting soul pieces. As he gets stronger day by day, Riley is strong but Chase has more than one element and in the protectors eyes that makes him one of the strongest.

Chase has grown a lot from the previous books, I can’t say I generally like him for a character that is arrogant isn’t worth th
Stephanie Ward
Jan 08, 2013 Stephanie Ward rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

'Release' is the third book in the young adult fantasy Protector series. It continues where book #2 (Shift) left off, with Chase and the crew trying to find Riley and stop him, while tons of other crazy stuff keeps happening. I know that this sounds like a really flimsy summary and it is. But if I were to try to explain everything that happens in the book, let alone the series so far, this post would take 3 days to read. So, I'm improvising and making the summary really generic, which I
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Release is the third book in The Protector Series and M.R. Merrick has got the lock down on this series. Man oh man poor Chase is going through so much. He has finally come to terms that his father is evil and wants to destroy the world by letting the demons in. And if that isn't enough he has Riley who is also out to destroy him and keeps attacking him. But Chase is determined not to let this get to him. He watches everyone and everything and the one thing he is sure about is that people are no ...more
Well, this is definitely not a trilogy.

In this third installment (of there definitely better be more series), Chase finds himself dealing with the issue that is Riley, and his journey to find the soul pieces. Of course, much more than that occurs.

I am so incredibly happy with how the characters have developed. Tiki and Vincent in particular - Merrick did a fantastic job making these characters project off the page and into my life. But you see, I may have started to smile every time Tiki stood u
Annabelle Marie Veronica
*****FINAL RATING: 4.80 STARS*****

Release was, without a doubt, one of my most favorite recent reads. I adored it. There's such wonderful and thrilling development in this installment, and the action is enough to give any adrenaline junkie a high. Seriously. It has a little bit of everything. Some romance, major battles, and and some serious hurdles to overcome. Essentially, I want to crawl into this book and live there. Hypothetically, because although it is awesome to read about magi
Jan 10, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
I'm having a hard time writing this review. Like, my thoughts are all scattered and every time I try to pin them down, I get a little angry at Chase for the way he's acting. I know he's conflicted, I know he's just learning the ropes, I know he's having issues but... sometimes I just want to shake some sense into him. Chaaaassssse. Don't be a douche to the people you're supposed to be protecting.

I think his treatment of Vincent and his vampires is the thing that bothers me. Yeah, Vincent was a g
Oct 22, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought M.R. Merrick's imagination was crazy awesome in the first two books but he proved me wrong with this one as he literally created worlds that I felt like I knew, worlds I thought I had traveled as I not only imagined them vividly in my mind. I seriously love all the characters from this series. The amount of depth and thought he puts into his characters blows my mind. I have never seen characters develop so much. I mean every time I think I know them M.R. Merrick shows me another incred ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Theresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like this series, but because it’s so detailed, involved and fast-paced, it takes me a long time to get through it. And it makes my head hurt.

If the previous book was ‘Lord of the Rings’, this one is ‘Stargate. Only there’s dimension gates and they can be created when and where they want.

Then towards the end, it turns into mind-blowing version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. As they were traveling through Vortan, things got really weird and existential with Chase. Too much wasted time in the nigh
Katrina Tinnon
Feb 25, 2013 Katrina Tinnon rated it it was amazing
Merrick likes to toy with my feelings and make me a wreck of emotions by the end of the book.

This is by far my favorite in the series. There is so much brutal honesty when it comes to Chase's thought process. He realizes some flaws about himself, and tries his hardest to fix them. He understands that he's hot headed, and acts on his emotions. My only complaint is he feels like he needs to blame himself for so much. Things probably wouldn't have changed had things gone differently, and he needs t
Amy Fournier
Dec 21, 2012 Amy Fournier rated it it was amazing
Wow! M.R. Merrick has done it again. This book is just as fantastic, if not better than the first two. As with the first two books, this one starts of with a bang, throwing you right into the action. Then it keeps going strong from beginning to end leaving just enough time between events to catch your breath and let things absorb. Along with that, the character growth is amazing. We really get to know more about the characters and their pasts too. This was such a great continuation of the story ...more
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Dec 16, 2012 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it it was amazing
Wow. M.R Merrick is fast becoming one of my favourite authors of all time. Ever since I got the first book in this series, Exiled, I was completely obsessed with it. Shift was even better and I didn't know how Matthew was going to bear it... but he did. Release was an epic and phenomenal installment to one of my favourite paranormal/fantasy series. I was completely captured right from the first page and I couldn't stop reading until I had finished and found out what happened. It was just incredi ...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
Originality continues to abound, and readers never quite know what to expect in The Protector Series amongst all the twists and turns we're pulled into. Like with SHIFT, RELEASE dives ever deeper into the world of M.R. Merrick. Elements of the previous two books pull together to create both answers and new puzzles to solve. The mythological aspect goes deeper still, and we learn so much back story about the gods and what rules them.

This time around, Chase is finally learning to harness the power
Jan 03, 2013 Ana rated it it was amazing
My Review: I know what I was expecting from this book and I got it…and more. Adventure, twists and turns and loads of mystery were my expectations but deep dives into the characters that gave me a more profound understanding of their lives and their actions was a definite bonus. I feel like the characters all grew exponentially in this book. Everyone’s story became a little bit clearer, either through their own stories or circumstances that gave me a peek into their pasts. It’s not often that a ...more
Dec 19, 2012 ReadingDiva rated it it was amazing
*** Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 5 of 5

REVIEW: I could use many words to describe The Protector Series, but only one does it justice…EPIC. Release is the 3Rd book of The Protector series and it is so far the best book in the series. The plot follows the same awesome path as Exiled & Shift; now that paths have been taken and relationships and partnerships have been formed the time to break evil has come.

Release is perhaps the best of all 3 books. I loved how much drama and
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

Having read all three books in close succession it really made me appreciate how absolutely brilliant this series truly is. Release was incredible, I wish I had finished the book before this year as it easily would of made my list of Favorites. Yeah, it was just that damn good.

First off, Chase oh my gosh I can not even put into words how much I love this character. Chase has matured so much over the past three books and yet I still feel that his character is evolving and changing leaving
Ali *The Black Heart*
Ah hell, M.R. Merrick has done it again. He has successfully and thoroughly entertained me, quite nearly to tears this time no less!

There is something utterly special and unique about this series. Merrick has masterfully created this fantasy world complete with good and evil, love and hate, war and a dab of romance. It's one of those series that comes along not too often, where a wide age range of readers will enjoy it. Much like Harry Potter or Hunger Games. A series I could recommend to my sis
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
Dec 13, 2012 Reeka (BoundbyWords) rated it it was amazing
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I literally JUST finished reading this. So my emotions are still pretty damn raw right now. Oh man..ok..let me try to breathe here so I can write something you can comprehend. I go..

I won't go into too much detail storyline-wise, as that could get a bit spoiler-y, very fast. This book was a continuation of SPECTACULAR (Book #1) and AMAZING (Book #2), so I didn't doubt for a second that this book would be less than either of those things-of course, it exceede
Autumn Review
Jan 11, 2013 Autumn Review rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, review
WHAAA...just happened??? Release definitely followed Merrick's pattern of creating an action packed tale that kept my mind reeling. And why on earth did I think this was the last book in the series??? Silly, silly me.

I'm going to do a bit of a character breakdown, but this series is really about the group as a whole, so I'm going to keep it a bit brief. Ok, so I still love Rayna, but feel like we didn't see as much of her in this book. Was it just me? I love the way her character has developed
Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
Merrick has done it again with this installment in The Protector series. In Release, we venture to even more mysterious and dangerous worlds and see a bunch of new creatures, as well as run into a few familiar ones. Most of Release is about Chase finding the remaining soul pieces and destroying them before Riley and the Dark Brothers get their hands on them.

Chase has changed a lot since the beginning of the series and it really shines through in this Release. Things are even tougher for him now
Brittani (Hope, Faith & Books)
You can find more reviews, along with this one on my blog Hope, Faith & Books

I definitely thought this was the best book yet! Still filled with tons of action! There was definitely things I didn't see coming in this book! So I guess I'll start with how many people Marcus and the group got to work together. They actually managed to get a huge amount of people to agree to work together! That's definitely not easy since a majority of those people were at odds with each other. I was disappointed
Jan 14, 2013 Nette rated it liked it
The third installment in The Protector series, Release takes readers on a journey to finding the soul pieces in order to defeat Riley...who happens to be Chase's dad and who is trying to evoke the spirit of a God in order to control all "otherworlders" are you following me?? :-)

While the overall story is engaging I felt this book dragged on at times. M.R. Merrick's ability to over-describe his fantasy world was pronounced and confused the story at times. The ending was a bit anti-climactic for a
Jackie -Sated Faery
Jan 12, 2013 Jackie -Sated Faery rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is just one of those stories that keeps getting better and better! The more I read, the more I’m drawn into Chase’s world and am personally devastated by his losses. I can’t tell you how many times this book made me want to scream, “Is anything ever going to go right for this guy??” I mean, I can feel his determination and frustration as things continue to come against him. Nothing keeps him down for long, though. He’s stronger than any of his enemies believe. His friends are loyal and ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Shirley rated it it was amazing
So, what’s my barometer for giving a book a 5* review? I haven’t really discussed this with my readers and followers, but the answer is pretty simple. The book has to be one that grabs me from the beginning, has characters that I honestly and truly care about, and keeps me emotionally invested in those same characters throughout not just the first book, but the rest of the series. If that same book or series brings out the ‘Mom’ in me, makes me want to reach through any of my social media networ ...more
TL Jeffcoat
Dec 29, 2012 TL Jeffcoat rated it it was amazing
What a phenomenal story. This book picks up where the last book ends. The good guys are trying to gather themselves together, but the insane Riley never lets them catch their breath and just keeps coming like an unstoppable force of nature, or evil in this case. Chase is bouncing to other dimensions once again as he begins to question the true meaning of the title he was given be the Gods as the Protector. The heart wrenching finale is this book actually made me want to throw the book the first ...more
Completely mind-blowing.

As this is the third instalment in a planned four book series, I won't be discussing the plot in detail. I don't want to spoil this awesome story for anyone, it's something you need to experience for yourself. I will, however, tell you just how extremely entertaining, action-packed and thoroughly jaw-dropping it was! You couldn't pry this book from my hands, it was THAT good. Merrick expanded the already rich and complex world even more, exploring different dimensions,
Jan 12, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
M.R. Merrick delivers again in this third installment of The Protector Series. Picking up where Shift left off, we once again catch up with Chase, Rayna, and their motley crew as they continue to search for the soul pieces in order to stop Riley's evil plans. As the Protector, Chase possess the ability to wield all the elements, fire, water, wind, and air, and they are very powerful. So powerful in fact, that Chase's body isn't able to control them, even to the point of ripping him apart at time ...more
Alaiel Kreuz
Jan 08, 2013 Alaiel Kreuz rated it it was amazing
Third books in a series are always dangerous because they have the power to make you love the series even more or hate it so much and so suddenly that chances are you will never continue with it.
If that is your fear then don't worry. You will experience a lot of different emotions while reading this book, but you will embrace them.

Let me start with the hero of the story because yes, Chase deserves a whole paragraph more than anyone. I mean, if you've read the first two books you know how much he
Chapter by Chapter
Jan 19, 2013 Chapter by Chapter rated it it was amazing
Okay, so you know those series’ where once you start the first page of the next installment, you are instantly pulled back into the work and its characters as though you had never left? Release by M.R. Merrick did just that. I was thrilled to have been able to come back again in to this fabulous world created by M.R. Merrick. The characters have become ones that I have come to love reading about and following, and am in constant need to know what is happening, or going to happen, with them!

The f

I went into this book thinking it was the final book, but that was obviously not the case. We get one more! Of course, this means I now must wait to KNOW WHAT HAPPENS. Ugh. THE ENDING! Oh, the ending will leave you so verrah sad. I was anticipating the event and was extremely touched. I was at lunch in a restaurant, and started getting sobby at the table. Alone. Reading a book. Creepy cat lady? NOT ME! I’m creepy book lady! Oh wait. I’m creepy cat lady too. Boo. Anywho, t
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M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, and The Rise of Genesis. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and a large bowl of cereal.

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