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Protect and Defend: A Thrillerby Vince Flynn
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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.
Vince Flynn's #1 New York Times bestseller sends counterterrorist agent Mitch Rapp on a collision course with America's most feared enemy.
No longer willing to wait for the international community to stop its neighboring enemy, Israel brings down Iran's billion-dollar nuclear program in an ingeniously conceived operation. The attack leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in its wake, and has Iranian president Amatullah calling for blood — American blood. Seeing opportunity where others fear reprisals, Mitch Rapp devises a brilliant plan to humiliate Iran's government and push the nation to the brink of revolution. But when a back-channel meeting between CIA director Irene Kennedy and her Iranian counterpart goes disastrously wrong, Rapp is locked in a showdown with a Hezbollah mastermind in league with Amatullah — and he is given twenty-four hours to do whatever it takes to stop unthinkable catastrophe.
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John Shannon is a petty thief on the run. A three-time loser framed for murder, he knows that hes facing life in prisonor death by lethal injection. Then, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the Identity Man offers Shannon an incredible chance to start again: a new face, a new home, a new beginning.
In a ruined city trying to rebuild, he gets work as a carpenter, and falls in love. It seems too good to be trueand it is. It turns out this city is crawling with crooked politicians, gangsters, and dirty copsall of whom seem to want Shannon dead.
Moving through the burnt-out shambles of a town, hes got to ferret out the secret of his new lifeand fastif he wants to be left with any life at all.
About the Author
ANDREW KLAVAN is the author of the best-selling novels True Crime,filmed by Clint Eastwood, andDont Say a Word,a film starring Michael Douglas. His work has been nominated for the Edgar Award five times and has won twice. He is a contributing editor atCity Journaland his articles have appeared, among other places, in theWall Street Journal, theNew York Times,and theLos Angeles Times. He lives in Southern California with his wife Ellen. They have a daughter, Faith, and a son, Spencer.
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