Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Protect and Defend

I’m a fan of author Vince Flynn. My husband is a huge fan. He’s gets the latest as soon as it hits the bookstores, then zips through each book. I’m playing catch-up.

I recently read Protect and Defend. You’d think I’d get tired of Mitch Rapp, the protagonist in this series. But I haven’t. Flynn has created a complex character and the world around this character changes.

At the end of the previous book, a new president was about to come into power and Rapp’s boss, champion, and friend, CIA Director Irene Kennedy, was on her way out. I wondered how Rapp would continue without Kennedy there to take the brunt of the wrath aimed at America’s assassin, or as he’s more politely called: America’s top counterterrorism operative.

As always, there’s a lot of action, suspense, bad guys and killing in the book. Rapp has a lot to deal with in Protect and Defend, from terrorists, Israel and Iran on the brink of war, a new President coming into power, and Kennedy. Things go very wrong and Kennedy is not only in danger of losing her job, she may lose her life.

Protect and Defend was another fast-paced, intense read by Vince Flynn. If you like thrillers, politics, international intrigue, and a character who kills but is someone you’d want on your side, then I can recommend Protect and Defend.
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FTC Disclaimer: I didn’t buy this book. My husband did. But what’s his is mine, so…either way, my money was used. I don’t know Vince Flynn, although if he should happen to stop by this blog, Hi Vince, call me the next time you’re in Texas, I’ll make chili and cornbread. Where was I? Oh yeah, the book was not given to me. No one asked me to do a review/recommendation.
P.S. Vince, do you like your chili mild or hot? Remember, hot in Texas is really hot.
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22 comments:

  1. Helen,

    Your disclaimers are so good I've forgotten what book you were reviewing after reading the disclaimer. :-) But the book sounds good, too.

    Lillie Ammann
    A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

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  2. I wonder if authors tire of writing series after a while?

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  3. It sounds interesting. My neighbour loves these style of books, so that is his 70th birthday gift sorted out. Thanks Helen.

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  4. Yeah, you win for memorable disclaimers.

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  5. I hope he enjoys them, Glynis. You might want to start him with the first in the series.

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  6. I've got to get this series. The Mitch Rapp character sounds interesting. I like the fact that it's fast-paced too. Thanks. Love your disclaimer.

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  7. Helen, you need to write The Handy Dandy Guide to Disclaimers, with the different types and categories broken down, and your entertaining examples accompanying them. They're sublime.

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  8. Now I want your chile and cornbread, too! The disclaimers are becoming my favorite thing on this blog.
    Karen

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  9. I, too, got a good yuck from your disclaimer...and now ponder the questin for the ages: How hot is Texas hot? Thanks for the review. Oh, and let us know how Vince likes his chili.

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  10. Joanne, if the FTC ever actually stops by, I'll probably be writing that disclaimer book from jail.

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  11. I would line up to buy your Disclaimers book, Helen. You're so inventive and entertaining!

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  12. Sounds like a good, fast-paced read. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for posting about it!

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  13. PS: I think I will have a word with our friends and buy him a few. I have read the blurb on some and am sure he will love them.

    I have updated today's blog post, I realised I had not added my award. Thanks again.

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  14. I've never read any Flynn. But this post has me interested, for sure. I'm with some of the other commenters/readers of yours ... reading the disclaimers is worth the trip over here alone, lol.

    The Old Silly

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  15. I love the point you made that if the character is complex then you're hooked on the series (no matter how many books you've read of his.) Good reminder for me to invest in character growth!

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  16. Y'all are so funny about the disclaimers book. If I could get it written before the FTC finds me, I could sell it from behind bars and use the money for my lawyer's fees.

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  17. Thanks for the review. I've read a couple of his books. They do move fast and are fun to read.

    Stephen Tremp

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  18. Hey, I'm in town and I like hot chili and cornbread!

    (Nice REVIEW!)

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  19. This book definitely sounds like it's worth a look! :)

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  20. The book sounds fun. I always read my husband's books too. Love the disclaimer.

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  21. We shall have to get together and celebrate the end of winter, Sylvia!

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