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The Protector

(Taskforce #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,120 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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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Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
2.5 Skip-it Stars

Lots of stereotypes.
Flat, black-hat villains.
Heroine is a damsel in distress with some too-stupid-to-live moments and little control of her destiny.
Some awkward word choices in the sex scenes (her chasm, for example), and I never felt the chemistry between the H and h.
Frequent need to suspend reality.
All of which is a shame because basics of the plot are quite good and would make a great action movie or story if the characters were more believable.
This series ends here for me.
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.
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
Jul 18, 2012 rated it liked it
*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.
Mary Gramlich
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Danielle Gypsy Soul
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really did not like this book which is a shame because I liked her Seal Team 12 Series. However, this book just wanted to make me throw my kindle across the room. First off the heroine was just not my cup of tea. I first I thought she might be okay but the second she was "rescued" from the FBI by a man she's never met before she takes a pill which makes her sleep. She spends most of the trip asleep even though she isn't sure who/why this man rescued her except that he says her father sent him. ...more
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
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Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First time reading this author and I loved this book. I love discovering new authors and this was just sweet, dangerous, and a perfect book for me. I love these kind of books and I enjoyed it so much. Amazing. Well deserved five stars definitely!!!
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.
Jo-Ann Fitzgerald
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The first book in this series.

When our heroine leaves her day job teaching ESL and notices a student is acting different and then when she's nearly kidnapped and told to run, she knew something was going on and ran. She turned to the one person she knew what to do - her father - who was a General in the military.

Upon hearing from his daughter, he gave her advice and then contacted one of his men he knew would do it for him - our hero.

Our hero had it with the military. After an op gone wrong,
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suspenseful book, interesting characters and a great dog! Bearing a strong resemblance to current events the storyline here hues true. The story arc is well plotted and moves along at a good pace to keep the reader engaged. The indictment of the political nature of the FBI is equally fun to read and irritating for its ring of truth. Ike and Eryn are great main characters and you hurt for Ike's emotional baggage and root for their HEA. Highly recommend.
Quentin Feduchin
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really not a bad intro story for the series, I really enjoyed it. I received the book free, but will enjoy paying for a few more.
Written by a woman; you can tell of course by the strongly emotional scenes, not to mention a few steamy encounters. Quite honestly the love-making description is usually rather better.
Not realising that this is the first in a series, I read it as a standalone, but now realise there are many more.
Which seems good to me.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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***Audio book review***

This was an exciting story to begin an action-packed, passionate new romantic suspense series. I've listened to the author's stories before, loved them and was eager to give this series a go. The book leaped out of the gates and stayed strong throughout with an ending that had me deeply satisfied.

The story opens with English language teacher, Eryn McClellan, barely escaping death at the hands of a revenge-minded terrorist only because one of her students was a traitor to t
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book feels like a typical military romance. I have not read this genre before, but I don't think it's my pick. It was really well written and had a great story. So if you are into military romance novels, I would suggest you check it out.
jean buck
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seals Protection.

I enjoyed this book. The story line was very compelling. The story line was very believable. I look forward to the author's next book.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book I totally loved it.
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Protector by Marliss Melton
Romantic Suspense -July 7th, 2011
4 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 t
Cassie McCown
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Books and Spoons
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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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
Amber (Daisymau)
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
i could see this book as a movie. The storyline is very current with lots of thrills & suspense to keep the reader hooked. Believable characters engage your interest & the action keeps the plot moving along smoothly. This is a love story in today's reality, where war & terrorism dominate the lives of the characters. I adored Ike, he was shuttered & closed off, both physically & emotionally, yet by the small gestures he makes you can see his integrity, honour & goodness. I ...more
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aka Marliss Moon.

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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