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Protect and Defend (Mitch Rapp #10)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  18,970 ratings  ·  571 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn returns with his most explosive political thriller yet. A tour de force of action-packed suspense, Protect and Defend delivers an all-too-realistic and utterly compelling vision of nations navigating the minefield of international intrigue. A true "heavyweight in the political thriller arena" (Minneapolis Star Tribune), Vince F ...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Atria Books
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Mark Fallon
Mitch Rapp kills a lot of bad guys.
Winter Sophia Rose
Compelling, Realistic & Intense!! A Fascinating & Exciting Read!!! I Loved It!!!
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
David Watson
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Jim Lang
Conflict with Iran is the central focus of this new Mitch Rapp thriller, and when a diplomatic meeting goes terribly wrong and lands CIA director Irene Kennedy in danger, Rapp takes on the bad guys in an attempt to rescue her. Author Vince Flynn obviously took this story from the headlines, as some characters seem conveniently influenced by certain world leaders. The story is fast paced and races to a finish, no surprise for a Flynn novel. It only drags when Flynn gets overly descriptive of weap ...more
Gail Cohen
After a hard week this is a fast read. I have read many of Flynn's books. they are all the same plot. super CIA special ops spy finds and kills the bad guys. I really enjoy them. I learned that I hope there are guys like this Mitch Rapp character in real life, although I doubt it.
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.
Karen Azinger
Re-reading the Mitch Rapp books. This one was just as intense the second time around. Action packed, high tension, and a brilliant plot. Hollywood needs to make movies out of these books, way better than Bourne (and I like Bourne!). An excellent read.
Mary Ann
Vince Flynn is an exceptional author, this is by far the best one I have read so far. The intensity, action and fast-paced story draws you in, and keeps you on the edge & intrigued all the way thru. I recommend to anyone who enjoys action packed thrillers!
Jeff Kent
Vince Flynn is great escapism.... In the vain of Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy and James Rollins.... This is actually one of the better ones.... This and Executive Power got me through my 5 week murder trial, when I need to escape....
#8 in the Mitch Rapp series - in publication order. It can be counted as #10, per Goodreads, if #11 American Assassin (2010) and #12 Kill Shot (2011), both prequel novels, are counted as #1 and #2. I dislike renumbering ongoing series because there is always the possibility of future prequels that will renumber sequences I've already posted.

Mitch Rapp hatches a plan to convince Iran that local dissidents destroyed a nuclear facility actually blown up by the Mossad. CIA Director Irene Kennedy tra
This one is all about Iran, their nuclear program, an Israeli plan to end that program, and some old bad blood between Mitch Rapp and a Hezbollah baddie. The usual intrigue ensues. A good read.
Dec 22, 2007 Doug rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 24 fans, Republicans
Shelves: fic-v-flynn
Another excellent installment in the Mitch Rapp series. Flynn has pulled out all the stops on this one. Highly recommended to everyone but the most liberal of Democrats.
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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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