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 Flynn has created a flesh-and-blood hero that readers can cheer for and a finger-blistering page-turner they won't dare put down.
In Protect and Defend, the action begins in the heart of 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 for the attack and demands retribution. Privately, Iran s bombastic president wants much more. He wants America and Israel to pay for their aggression with blood.
Enter Mitch Rapp, America s top counterterrorism operative. Used to employing deception, Rapp sees an opportunity where others see only Iranian reprisals that could leave thousands of Americans dead. Rapp convinces President Josh Alexander to sign off on a risky operation that will further embarrass the Iranian government and push their country to the brink of revolution. As part of the plan, CIA director Irene Kennedy is dispatched to the region for a clandestine meeting with Azad Ashani, her Iranian counterpart.
But Rapp isn t the only one hatching plans. Iranian President Amatullah, has recruited Hezbollah master terrorist Imad Mukhtar to do his dirty work. For decades Mukhtar has acted as a surrogate for Iran, blazing a trail of death and destruction across the Middle East and beyond. When Kennedy s meeting with Ashani goes disastrously wrong, Rapp and Mukhtar are set on a collision course that threatens to engulf the entire region in war. With the clock ticking, Rapp is given twenty-four hours, no questions asked, to do whatever it takes to stop Mukhtar, and avert an unthinkable catastrophe.
"Action-packed, violent and politically intense are Flynn's trademarks, and Protect and Defend does not disappoint. There is hardly any downtime from the action.... This is truly an entertaining read -- even for those not particularly politically inclined." -- The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
"Mitch Rapp is back with a vengeance, literally, in Vince Flynn's spectacular and exceptionally timely new bestseller, Protect and Defend.... Simply stated, there's nothing better than watching Rapp in fiction knock off the bad guys nobody seems able to get in fact. Indeed, Flynn's books serve as great therapy for our own terror-tortured psyches that haven't been the same since 9/11. A new era was born that day and Protect and Defend is the best thriller to come out of it so far.” -- The Providence Journal (Rhode Island)
"Fantastic." -- Glenn Beck
"Flynn's latest won't disappoint his numerous fans; the last few hundred pages offer pure high-powered exhilaration." -- Lansing State Journal (Michigan)
"Flynn's action-packed writing sets the scene with the clarity of a movie. If you like the patriotic Special Forces, Superman type, then Flynn's protagonist, Mitch Rapp, is your guy.... Flynn reveals enough technical detail about guns, explosives and submarines to set up visual images, but doesn't let the detail get in the way of the action.... As Rapp walks a fine line between the moral high ground and violence for the greater good, Flynn deliberately builds a visceral tension that is never resolved. Instead, he makes us think." -- The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT)
"An entertaining ride." -- Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska)
"Flynn's fans will get everything they want from a Mitch Rapp adventure." -- Frontpagemag.com