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Protect And Defend (Mitch Rapp #10)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,451 Ratings  ·  653 Reviews
No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel brings down Iran's billion-dollar nuclear program in an ingeniously conceived operation. The attack leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in its wake, and has Iranian president Amatullah calling for blood --- American blood. Seeing opportunity where others fear re ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Pocket Books (first published October 30th 2007)
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Mark Fallon
Nov 09, 2008 Mark Fallon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brain-candy
Mitch Rapp kills a lot of bad guys.
Winter Sophia Rose
Compelling, Intriguing & Intense!! A Fascinating & Exciting Read!!! I Loved It!!!
David Watson
Jul 31, 2014 David Watson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I've read other Vince Flynn books in the past and enjoyed them, but I won't be reading any more after this one. On the positive side, there's a lot of action, and if you're the kind of person who likes watching 24 on TV to see Jack Bauer torture "bad guys", well you're in luck because protagonist Mitch Rapp kills a tortures a lot of bad guys here. In fact, he takes out his knife and castrates one man, against orders I should point out, but it's okay because he's doing it all for the good old US ...more
K.D. Absolutely
I used to read political thrillers when I was younger so I picked up this book. I thought I wanted to see if this kind of genre would still excite me. I did. What makes book like this worth reading is its ability to entertain its readers by keeping them at the edge of their seats enough for them to keep on leafing until the problem of the agent (Mitch Rapp, in this series by Vince Flynn) is solved.

My problem is that everything is pure entertainment. Flynn like other writers in this political thr
Jan 02, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, I'm glad I read this novel with two other Vince Flynn tomes in the same week (Thank you, Christmas Vacation). This novel reminds me of everything that I really like about Vince Flynn books--why I started reading them, why I have bought all his novels, and why, until a few years ago, I would miss any of them.

Unfortunately, it also dramatically illustrtates how Vince had gotten off course in the last two books.

The novel is a textbook example of what Vince Flynn does best. Multiple c
Feb 18, 2009 Abram rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sick twisted freaks
Recommended to Abram by: My good friend Larry
Honestly, I almost didn't finish this book. I had finished about half the book in about a week of evening reading and was at the point where I wanted to move on to something else more intriguing, But Flynn had come so highly recommended by so many of my sick twisted friends I decided to give it one more chance, and so i picked it up about 11:00pm with the intention of possibly finishing another chapter, around 3:00am I closed the book on the last page and realized I was totally tense from the ac ...more
Oct 24, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good page turner with Mitch Rapp, doing what he does best to protect and serve. In this one he is called in to have a one to one talk with the President, then problems are revealed in Iran, and Rapp needs to go under cover and get the scoop.
Ryan Mac
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.
Feb 09, 2009 Bryce rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out with an explicit sex scene, so just skip the first four pages or so and you won't miss anything. The concept of the book is great, but the writing is so-so. I'll probably just finish for the sake of finishing, but it has little to offer that I haven't read in other books.
Apr 27, 2009 Blaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I generally love the Mitch Rapp series, but this one seemed really rough. The language was significantly more course and the characters just felt less defined. It is almost as though the author rushed this one. I saw this same degradation of characters in the Tom Clancy books.
Feb 21, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well narrated (his usual) by George Gwindell. 4-stars. Recommended
Sep 27, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thrillers
A nail-biter! And I love that....long live Mitch Rapp :)
Alan Marston
Jul 27, 2016 Alan Marston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn (8th in the Mitch Rapp Series.)

Amazon Description.
With Iran on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon, Israel is forced to react - and triggers an international crisis. An outraged United Nations condemns the attacks, while Iran swears vengeance against Israel and her chief backer: the USA.

My review.
Yet again the President of the USA has to turn to the unusual talents of Mitch Rapp, a man who is prepared to push the boundaries to ensure that he gets the resul
Kenny Bellew
May 31, 2016 Kenny Bellew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 10 (2007) in Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series. It's rated 4.33/5.0 on GoodReads and is 416 pages. I rated it 4.0/5.0.

The brilliance of this book is Vince Flynn's grasp of world politics, and his understanding of how the various groups might respond to the stimuli he presents, making it a hypothetical learning experience.

It's a spy thriller and takes place in Iran during the period in which Iran is trying to build a nuclear facility, and America and Israel and their allies are trying
James III
Dec 18, 2015 James III rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vince Flynn, like Brad Thor, wears his political beliefs on his sleeve. He doesn't however, like Brad Thor, force it down your throat with every soliloquy that EVERY character finds the need to burst in to. It is for this, and many other reasons, I truly miss Mr. Flynn. His Mitch Rapp kicks ass and takes names like no other and is clearly the badest mother in the valley.
As our tale begins, Rapp is lying in bed with a beautiful woman. Then, he sneaks out and kills a man. The target in question i
Jan 18, 2014 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW. Another page turner delivered by Vince Flynn. The Mitch Rapp series just keeps getting better and better. In "Protect and Defend", Mitch Rapp does what Mitch Rapp is best known for. He takes charge, defying all political correctness. He is one of the best "In your face, do the right thing" CIA operatives ever to be put to work defending the United States of America. His quick thinking and superb tactical mind simply solves problems. He doesn't care what any of the power people of Washington ...more
Toni Osborne
Feb 12, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 8 of the Mitch Rapp series

In the heart of Iran, billions of dollars are spent on the development of a nuclear program. Israel is eager to stop its development and launches one of the most daring espionage operations ever conceived, the attack leaves an environmental disaster in the middle of Iran's largest city.

The Iranian government is outraged and blames both Israel and the United States for the destruction and demands retribution. CIA director Irene Kennedy is dispatched to the region to
Jim Laubach
Aug 29, 2012 Jim Laubach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to rehash the plot here. Read the dustcover or the back cover of the paperback at your local B&N, or the synopsis on if that's what you're after.

What I will do is tell you that Vince Flynn gets my vote for the best writer of spy novels/political thrillers in America. And that's saying a lot, given Tom Clancy and Richard Marcinko.

Yes, Clancy's good. He has excellent sources in the espionage and national security business, and at least used to be able to write compelli
Carol Hunter
I posted the incorrect author when I read this book. Thanks to Karon who informed me of this mistake. This is the same review that I posted earlier for a book by Patterson with this same title. OOOPS!

This is a typical political thriller book with takes place in Iran after an attack destroys its nuclear facility. Israel and the U.S. are both blamed and Iran is working to "spin" this event to their country benefis. It is fascinating to watch the hardliners and the moderates at war within Iran. It
May 08, 2012 Keith rated it liked it
If you’re looking for an action packed political thriller this is the book for you. CIA super-agent and maverick Mitch Rapp takes on Hezbollah’s fanatical top master spy and assassin as well as the power hungry politicians behind Iran’s corrupt theocracy. Although Rapp’s immediate and violent solutions to all issues never fail and therefore are a little difficult to buy, this is high-minded political intrigue that falls right out of today’s headlines and does provide a scenario for what could ha ...more
Leon Aldrich
Don't let the lack of a long winded review deter you from reading this series. I snuck this one in between Dragonfly Falling and The Final Detail. And I'm anxious to read 11/22/63.

I'm planning to read every King (Tabitha, Stephen, Joe) novel from current year, then head back in time.
This is, without question, the worst book I have read in memory. (Needless to say I never would have picked it up on my own - it is part of the ongoing LJK mandatory book club.) Everything about this book was terrible: the writing was laughably bad, the plot was simple in the worst way, the characters were hatefully macho, and the "moral" - if you can call it that - is that torture and violence get results, and therefore are acceptable as a means to an end. I denounce this book! And it gets no s ...more
Michael O'Leary
Mar 04, 2015 Michael O'Leary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Protect and Defend, the action begins in 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 one of the most creative and daring espionage operations ever conceived. The attack leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames both Israel and the United States ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Kosjenka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like an average B action movie (and perhaps it was written with such a goal in mind). It has everything: a rough male protagonist with tragic past, who always has the right answer and despises authority; his bureaucratic superiors who are there to be disobeyed; a kidnapped female victim; a heavy dose of black-and-white political propaganda and "bad guys" from a country or region which is the current fashionable enemy.

In the beginning it seems like the author might try to see both
Gareth Otton
Protect and Defend is probably one of the weakest of the Mitch Rapp books that I have read.

This story took a very long time getting started. About half of the book felt as though it was one long build up and by the time the story really got started it all felt a little half hearted and rushed.

This is really a shame as this story had the potential to be really great. The personal nature of the eventual crisis (to the two main characters at least) had the potential to take the story to a really
Scott Welch
Sep 15, 2015 Scott Welch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thriller
Vince Flynn delivers another fast-paced thriller in the 10th (chronological) installment featuring CIA counter-terrorism operative, Mitch Rapp, a highly-trained no-holds-barred lethal weapon who will go to the extremes defending his country.

Iran has spent billions developing a nuclear program. Israel, knowing this is occurring, decides the only option is to destroy it. A mission is executed and the aftermath leaves Iran with an environmental disaster of magnitude. Infuriated, the President of Ir
Jan 14, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started to put this book down right after picking it up. I don't like stories set in contemporary middle east. But, I was 'reading' the audio version on the treadmill and didn't have another book loaded in and ready to go so I gave it 30 minutes. And then I was hooked.

I should have known. I've loved every single word that Vince Flynn has ever read.

There's no good way to tease the plot without giving it away so I'll just say, Mitch Rides Again and it is good.
Cheryl Gatling
If you believe that the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun, then this book is for you. It isn't even all that clear that Mitch Rapp is a good man. Some of his own people consider him insolent and out of control. He doesn't care what the rules are. He will use any means at his disposal to stop the bad guys-- intimidation, beatings, torture, maiming and killing. And he actually enjoys the killing. He enjoys looking in their eyes and telling them what pieces of s ...more
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 Greg Dill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall this was a good read. However, a story not in the typical Mitch Rapp fashion. Although Rapp plays a key role, he seemingly had more of a behind-the-scenes involvement this time around. And, it struck me that Rapp seemed more violent (eerily gory) and it was tough to stomach some of the details. I mean, cutting off several male penises and testicles? Come on. Do we really need to know that much information? And I pray to God, American covert ops don't really do this.

The story seemed to be
Jul 19, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only my second Mitch Rapp book, even though it is the tenth one written.

The plot is very similar to American Assassin, travel to Middle East, abduction, rescue. That being said, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the other ones in the series.

In Iran, billions of dollars are being used to keep up with the nuclear arms race. Then Israel launches a covert attack on the plant leaving the Iranians without nuclear power and looking to blame someone. The leaders of Iran are
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Vince Flynn died June 19, 2013 after losing his battle with prostate cancer.

The fifth of seven children, Vince Flynn was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1966. He graduated from the St. Thomas Academy in 1984, and the University of St. Thomas with a degree in economics in 1988. After college he went to work for Kraft General Foods where he was an account and sales marketing specialist. In 1990 he l
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  • The Third Option (Mitch Rapp, #4)
  • Separation of Power (Mitch Rapp, #5)
  • Executive Power (Mitch Rapp, #6)
  • Memorial Day (Mitch Rapp, #7)
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