The Protector

The Protector

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by David Morrell
     
 

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The secret weapon developed by the man Cavanaugh is assigned to protect is like Kryptonite to the former Delta Force officer turned security guard--it multiplies the effects of adrenaline, a hormone associated with fear, so it incapacitates instead of energizing him. A lot of people want Daniel Prescott's secret, but Cavanaugh, who's felt the drug's effects, wants his

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The secret weapon developed by the man Cavanaugh is assigned to protect is like Kryptonite to the former Delta Force officer turned security guard--it multiplies the effects of adrenaline, a hormone associated with fear, so it incapacitates instead of energizing him. A lot of people want Daniel Prescott's secret, but Cavanaugh, who's felt the drug's effects, wants his antidote. When Prescott disappears after causing the death of the Global Protective Services team charged with keeping him alive, Cavanaugh and his wife Jamie go after him in a high-speed chase that traps them between government agents and foreign operatives each racing to find the scientist first and kill him before he can use his formula on them. Despite Prescott's double-dealing, and the bloody battle in a mountain redoubt that results in the deaths of his friends and colleagues, Cavanaugh knows the only way to banish the fear that may compromise his and Jamie's own safety is to track the elusive scientist to his last refuge. In this propulsive thriller, Morrell turns the tables so often that it's hard to separate the good guys from the bad ones, but that won't keep readers addicted to violence, treachery, and high-tech weaponry from staying with it to the last surprising chapter

Editorial Reviews

Associated Press
“Spectacular action backed by the author’s hands-on research . . . a horrifying climax . . . twists and turns . . . one of the best of the genre.”



Washington Post Book World
“Everything [Morrell} writes has a you-are-there quality, and that, coupled with his ability to propel characters through a scene, makes reading him like attending a private screening.”
Publishers Weekly
“Impressive action . . . plenty of twists . . . most notable, though, is the advertised ‘tradecraft’—from clever ways to modify one’s ammo and armor to the very best method of taking out a car you’re chasing.”
Booklist - Booklist Booklist
“The story accelerates to warp speed, hurtles to a stunning climax. A wonderfully entertaining action adventure.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013245648
Publisher:
David Morrell Enterprises
Publication date:
09/16/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
110,882
File size:
512 KB

Meet the Author

David Morrell is the author of First Blood, the award-winning novel in which the character of Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, the basis for the only television miniseries to be broadcast after a Super Bowl. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization.

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Protector 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Morrell is the best action writer I have read. This book fits that mold with great action sequences from start to finish. The end, however, got a bit long. I was ready for them to catch the bad guy and be done. Definately worth the read, but I'd recommend a few other titles from Morrell that readers may enjoy more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1st half of the book is great. When the author is describing the tradecraft of the security services, the book is at its best. The 2nd half of the book is not as good as the 1st half. Once the person he is protecting is lost, the book becomes a standard chase book. The action scenes are good, but usually not believable. The reasons given for some actions are far fetched. It is too bad that the author did not just have a story about protecting a person, and showed the different tradecraft that is used to do this. Because that is where this book shines, not in the chase and action scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read the last 100 pages of the book straight through last night. I've watched action movies my whole life and I can't think of one movie or scene that can compare to the action I read in The Protector. Morrell used several great ideas in the book that are very origional and none of them seemed to be unrealistic. Along with the action came an interesting and well developed story, which is getting hard to find these days. Easily worth the price tag.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remembered for his on target portrayal of a greedy lawyer on TV's popular series LA Law, actor Corbin Bernsen gives another on target performance in his splendid reading of this chilling thriller. Cavanaugh is tough, experienced, and he's seen everything. Or, so he thinks. A former Delta Force operator he's now part of Global Protective Services - a group that will protect anyone from anything, even provide them with a new identity if necessary. False Ids, passports, funds; whatever is needed they can get, and quickly. Daniel Prescott, an over the top biochemist is the latest to seek their help. As the worker bees in Global Protective Services set about the routine tasks of providing the ultimate cover for Prescott, it's pretty much business as usual. Then the shocker: they're killed in a surprise attack. Only Cavanaugh remains. It falls to him not only to avenge his former coworkers but to tumble to the fact that Prescott seems to have an agenda of his own - and it's a dastardly one. Cavanaugh needs all the help he can get when he goes mano a mano with this menacing genius. No holds are barred, and no guessing the final showdown. Author Morrell is in top form; he introduces an unheard of deadly weapon, and paints his characters in bold, unforgettable strokes.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Biochemist Daniel Prescott creates a drug that is supposed to help stop addiction, but instead is rumored to provide an incredibly addictive rush by stimulating the body producing adrenaline. Fearing that undesirables will harm him to get at his creation, Daniel hires Global Protective Services, a security firm not squeamish about crossing legal barriers. Former Delta Force commando Cavanaugh serves as the lead 'protector' to keep the client safe from the Feds, foreign governments, and drug kings.

However, Cavanaugh gets a taste of the elixir, but loathes the monstrous amount of fear he feels caused by the geometric stimulation of adrenaline. When his men die in a firefight that Daniel caused before the biochemist vanished, Cavanaugh assisted by his wife joins those seeking the missing scientist, but unlike the myriad of others in the chase he needs the antidote.

Fans of action filled with ¿state-of-the-art tradecraft¿ gizmos will want to read THE PROTECTOR, a plot that flows so fast and furious as if David Morrell stayed on an adrenaline rush while writing this exciting thriller. Cavanaugh is a wonderful ¿tragic¿ hero, but the gadgetry and the careening from one loaded scene to another energy laden adventure overwhelms much of the rest of the cast. Except the star and his spouse there are no good or bad guys just readers elating with this hyperspeed thriller ride.

Harriet Klausner