Protect and Defend

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Vince Flynn
Narrator: George Guidall
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: October 2007
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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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. Iran's 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.

Reviews (9)

Protect and Defend

Written by Antho y Volpe on December 7th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Simply Awesome. like all the others by Mr. Flynn. And Guidall is a master with his presentation and performance. I can never get enough. I've listened to all of Vince Flynn's books and read them several times over and over. it doesn't matter that I Know what will happen next, They are simply Awesome..again and again. And now Kyle Mills, selected to carry the torch, has done a great job with "The Survivor". Everyone should read all of Mr. Flynn's books. When I get upset I usually read my favorite "Term limits". It settles my nerves..If you get my meaning...wink wink, nod nod...

Written by Jesse Averett on October 25th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I could never really get fully into this book. I felt like it was rushed and very one dimensional

Protect and Defend

Written by laur13jf on November 19th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another great job by Vince Flynn. Can't wait until I get the rest of them on my list. He is the best writer of a military thriller which includes treason and espionage. I will read him as long as he writes!

Written by Dorie Rogers on October 21st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was my first time reading Vince Flynn, I am looking forward to reading his novel again! Well done!!

Written by Brian Kyte on July 27th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great read! I really enjoyed this part of the series.

Great Rapp story

Written by Mimosa on November 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was very spellbinding. It kept my interest thoughout. It was a little too close to reality in some of the scenarios. Kept me in my car listening after I got home.


Written by DON WEESNER from Payson, AZ on September 16th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5


Another fantastic Vince Flynn

Written by Anonymous from San Jose, CA on June 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I got hooked from the very beginning and couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. Mitch Rapp has more than believable skills, but that's exactly why I like it. The ending was better than I expected

Protect and Defend

Written by Kim on June 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Vince Flynn does it again! Mitch Rapp does what we all wish we could do. He is Jack Bauer, only smarter. If you haven't listened to this book, you're missing out.

Author Details

Author Details

Flynn, Vince

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 left Kraft to accept an aviation candidate slot with the United States Marine Corps. One week before leaving for Officers Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program, due to several concussions and convulsive seizures he suffered growing up. While trying to obtain a medical waiver for his condition, he started thinking about writing a book. This was a very unusual choice for Flynn since he had been diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and had struggled with reading and writing all his life.

Having been stymied by the Marine Corps, Flynn returned to the nine-to-five grind and took a job with United Properties, a commercial real estate company in the Twin Cities. During his spare time he worked on an idea he had for a book. After two years with United Properties he decided to take a big gamble. He quit his job, moved to Colorado, and began working full time on what would eventually become Term Limits . Like many struggling artists before him, he bartended at night and wrote during the day. Five years and more than sixty rejection letters later he took the unusual step of self-publishing his first novel. The book went to number one in the Twin Cities, and within a week had a new agent and two-book deal with Pocket Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

Term Limits hit the New York Times bestseller list in paperback and started a trend for all of Flynn's novels. Since then, his books have become perennial bestsellers in both paperback and hardcover, and he has become known for his research and prescient warnings about the rise of Islamic Radical Fundamentalism and terrorism. Read by current and former presidents, foreign heads of state, and intelligence professionals around the world, Flynn's novels are taken so seriously one high-ranking CIA official told his people, “I want you to read Flynn's books and start thinking about how we can more effectively wage this war on terror.”

October 2007 marked another milestone in Flynn’s career when his ninth political thriller, Protect and Defend, became a #1 New York Times bestseller. A few months later, CBS Films optioned the rights for Flynn’s Mitch Rapp character with the intention of creating a character-based, action-thriller movie franchise. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who previously launched the Harry Potter and Matrix films as head of production at Warner Bros., and Nick Wechsler (We Own the Night, Reservation Road) will produce the films.

Flynn lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and three children.

Works by Flynn include Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power , Executive Power , Memorial Day, Consent to Kill, Act of Treason, and Extreme Measures.

Influences: Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Gore Vidal, and John Irving