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The Protector

(Cavanaugh #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,532 ratings  ·  93 reviews
From First Blood to The Fifth Profession, New York Times bestselling author David Morrell has delivered more high-octane thrills than any writer of his time. Now he shows his readers the never-before-revealed secrets of real-life covert operators and takes action to a whole new level.

Know Him. See Him. Stop Him -- Or Die.

No one knows his real name. No one knows where
Kindle Edition, 426 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
Some years ago I picked up The Brotherhood of the Rose and loved it. From there I went to The Fraternity Of The Stone, The Fifth Profession and others. Some of his books I found great, others I had to ask..."is this the same writer?" So his books have run the gamut for me.

This one is a good book. It's a great read that will (if you like fast action and thrills) keep you turning pages (or listening to the audio). It is flawed in a couple of small ways and there were moments when I thought I'd be
Tale focuses upon a former Delta Green commando doing bodyguard services for a biochemist who has a special drug that is supposed to cure addictions but instead magnifies fear greatly. Said commando gets infected with it and is now on the run seeking a cure.

A good part of the tale takes place in Carmel, California which is one of my favorite locales.

A tense fast-moving thriller if you aren't super picky.

Third reading.

David Dalton
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
I have been a fan of David Morrell's for years. I read First Blood by David Morrell every other year or so (and watch the movie as well). I am a big fan of Creepers by David Morrell and his The League of Night and Fog (Mortalis, #3) by David Morrell books as well. One of the first books I read on my Kindle was the 2nd Cavanaugh thriller: The Naked Edge (Cavanaugh #2) by David Morrell . I enjoyed that thriller and I knew I would like this one as well. The Protector novels are right up there with Robert Ludlum and his Bourne series!
Jun 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

This is a book of action with some technical insights about weapons and safety methods employed by those trained in tactical operations employed against an enemy in a war or against criminals in the street

However, as an entertainment the plot is dull, linear and with cardboard characters developed in just one dimension. The "old original ruse "about the good guy who takes on the bad guy, finally beating him after a very long chase giving
Jan 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone looking for an action-packed, easy read
Not including children's books, I have probably read more books by David Morrell than any other author, although it has been several years since I've last read him. True to Morrell's style, The Protector is a fast-moving thriller from the first page until the last. For Morrell fans, the protagonist, Cavanaugh, is one we've seen before: former elite military specialist whose profession is now a protector and who is an expert in all things tactical, survival and lethal.

The basic premise, which
Jerry B
Non-stop suspense and action, but hard to believe !

We have to admit that Morrell's novel "Protector" rarely pauses for breath -- so the pages turn pretty fast as we are soon caught up in the hero's thrills and chills. The protagonist is Cavanaugh, an ex-Delta Force specialist who works for a protective custody firm. In quite a twist, we soon start wondering whether the current client, bio-chemist genius Daniel Prescott, is the one needing protection or a horrific villain in his own right who
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I spotted the David Morrell books when I picked up the novels by Michelle Moran. I remembered reading a few of his books when I was first married based on the recommendation of my husband, who wanted two dogs named Romulus and Remus. As I stared at the library shelf full of Morrell books I decided to read another because I had enjoyed four of his other books years before.

The last action suspense novels I read were those written by Vince Flynn. As I began The Protector my mind kept wondering how
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Protector. Like many Morrell novels, it displays a great degree of insider knowledge of espionage and trade craft. This one is no different. It's also a pursuit story. Lots of twists and suspense.

Reviewed by, David Feeney, author; Terror on the high seas
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
brief synopsis:
a protection assignment gone wrong, where the rather clever protectee offs the protectors.

st louis missouri
eglin air force base, florida
manhattan, new york
newark, new jersey
bergen county, new jersey
kingston, new york
baskerville, new york
albany, new york
harrisburg, pennsylvania
carmel, california

named personalities:
edward gaines - a st louis police chief
alicia 'al' aka amazing grace - a tall, sinewy special-ops leader
robert boland - a camp rudder lieutenant colonel
Jeff Kalac
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't slide into spoilers territory on this for one simple reason: if you are a fan of action with intelligence, you'll do best just to grab a copy and read it already--stop reading reviews, and read the book.

You're still reading my review, huh? Fine. Okay.

"The Protector" introduces us to Cavanaugh, a member of an elite group of protectors (men and women who specialize in defending and hiding people from those who wish to kill or otherwise harm them). Cavanaugh is assigned to protect a
Ralph Simpson
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A fast paced beach read...

This book, for me suffered mostly from a simple lack of plausibility. I like books that grab my attention and don't allow me to put them down til they've crossed the finish line. This book actually does that "pace" thing, well. The problem though is in the basic implausibility of storyline as a whole and also at numerous points throughout. The main characters are well done though, and the story is paced well, so I had no trouble pushing through to the ending. It's a
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual bag, but a family member gave it to me so I thought I'd check it out. As action thrillers go it's entertaining, and I appreciated the realistic detail Morrell adds to the book. It's a little silly but fun, and you'll at least feel like you're getting a few practical tips if you ever find yourself in the same situation. Not likely, but hey. Educational.
Bob Wasserman
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good piece of work - glad to find that I missed a whole slew of Morrell novels I can now catch up on :-)
Garry M
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting character with a story that kept me entertained.
Darwin Little
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of action! Hopefully the next book in the series is as good.
Pierre Tassé
Finally fished. Grrrr this is not the greatest...but it passed the time. Do I read the next one? I will put that question on the back burner for now.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cavanaugh should be wearing a superhero cape. Unbelievable ingenuity and non-stop action.
Interesting and definitely intense
Kausar Adam
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very empathetic book with amazing action and thrill. Very engrossing. A total ten on ten !
Darren Vincent
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Solid Entertainment.

I was so very close to giving this book 4 stars because it never really let up once it got going, but I wouldn't give it four stars because of the writing itself. This book was very different for me because once we got through the very first two intro scenes, the rest of the book is completely straightforward from the main character's perspective. There was no cutting away to other subplots or minor characters at all. This is the most linear-written book that I have ever
Kara Jorges
Once a Delta Force agent, Cavanaugh now works as a protector, keeping clients safe from their enemies. His latest assignment is biochemist Daniel Prescott, who has paid Cavanaugh's employer, Protective Services, to help him disappear. Prescott says he has invented a chemical that people develop an instant addiction to, and a Colombian drug lord wants to kidnap him and force him to manufacture it. He chose to disappear because he cannot go to the government for help, as someone on the inside ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Audiobook published in 2003 by Skyboat Productions
Read by Stefan Rudnicki
Duration: 11 hours, 7 minutes

David Morrell excels at the thriller but he really excels at a subset of the thriller - what I call a "chase novel." His first novel, First Blood , was this type of book. The protagonist is being chased by someone or a group of people and the reader gets taking along for the ride.

This book is like that as well. A research scientist named Prescott hires a private
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is one of the fastest thrillers ever written. I mean that as high praise.

I was very pleased to learn about the high end part of this kind of profession from the inside out. The tactics, the devices, the weapons (one of which is on the cover, the Emerson CQC knife series that because of this book I actually purchased for myself), and also the mentality required to be good in this profession. Body guards are NOT just retired body builders or aged martial arts fighters. They are very highly
Tyson Adams
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
It surprises me just a little that I only just discovered David Morrell's books. He writes thrillers, he's been doing so since before I was born, yet I'd never heard of him, let alone realised he was the brains behind the Rambo franchise.... Okay, that latter point is not a huge selling point, unless you like seeing people sawn in half with a machine gun for the final act of a movie (Hint: my answer is yes).

In The Protector we have a protective services operator, Cavanaugh, protecting a client,
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading David Morrell since the '79's. He has always written taught, hold your breath thrillers. But unlike his previous works, this seems almost cardboardish. I was never able to really like any of the characters. This book was a procedural, a how to. It never let the reader develop a link to any of the main characters. Or any of the characters. The villain, was a true evil being, with absolutely no redeeming characteristics. But the "protector" in turn was just a wooden solider. ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ex-Delta Force officer, Cavanagh is assigned to protect a seriously overweight and extremely nervous biochemist named Daniel Prescott who has invented a dangerous drug to induce fear in everyone including those trained to feel no fear. Unfortunately, appearances can be deceptive. Cavanagh finds himself alone and fighting for his life and trying to track down Prescott, the man he was supposed to protect, but who turned out to be more dangerous than the people who wanted Prescott dead.

If you like
Steve Hikida
Jul 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who read Harlan Coben, Greg Iles or Nelson DeMille.
A very good read. One of the reasons I like most of David Morrell's books has to do with the amount of research and training he undertakes before writing. For this book, he interviewed a US Marshall, learned defensive and offensive antiterrorist driving techniques and trained with a member contract member of the Diplomatic Security Service.

For Ohioans, he interviewed a lieutenant from Ohio's Montgomery County Sheriff's department, who helped plan the high-level security for the 1995 Dayton
David Eagle
Morrell remains the master of a genre that I describe, in my head, as "Airport spy novels". They're a particular guilty pleasure, an action story with a little mystery, a hero who is a pinnacle of masculinity, pacing that keeps the story rolling, keeps you engaged through all of your flight delays and baggage claim woes.

Other writers in this Genre include Lee Childs and Vince Flynn, and they have their strengths, but Morrell was the first great one, and his "Fifth Profession" and "Brotherhood
Nov 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cavanaugh, a former Army Delta Force soldier who now works at a protective custody firm has never known fear. But after being exposed to a fear hormone, Cavanaugh questions his abilities as a protector. After his assignment of protecting a chemist goes terribly wrong, he calls the last person he ever wanted to for help, his wife. While suffering from the effects of the hormone, his fear is compounded by the fact that he must not one keep himself alive, but that of his wife.

Morrell wrote a
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, suspense, action
Ex-Delta force officer, Cavanaugh, hired to protect Daniel Prescott, discovers that Prescott invented a drug that so dramatically increases fear that even those trained to handle fear immediately loose control. After taking Prescott into protection, Prescott turns on his protectors and Cavahaugh begins a journey to catch Prescott to obtain the antidote to the drug. The story twists and turns throughout as the reader encounters state of the art protection services and “Mission Impossible” like ...more
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David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.

Other books in the series

Cavanaugh (3 books)
  • The Naked Edge (Cavanaugh #2)
  • The Attitude Adjuster: Three Cavanaugh/Protector Stories