Ego and political ambition trumped national security for far too many elected officials.In the prologue, this take-no-prisoners attitude defends our hero as he murders of a political operative said to have used dirty tricks to elect a Democratic president. However, with the editorial posturing out of the way, Vince Flynn spins a tense and intriguing political fantasy about middle east politics using the usual players (Israel, Hezbollah, Iran, and Iraq), but put together with a mixture of familiar themes, but unique and surprisings twists.
In a mixture of the macho super spy, Mitch Rapp, versus the terrorists and the alternate history, Protect and Defend provides plenty of tension and plot twists, and a fantasy happy ending.
In a side note, even though the book was published in 2007, history has over taken fiction.
"The European markets are in a free fall."Of course in 2008, oil approached $150!
"I should have seen that coming. Oil futures?"
"Through the roof. They jumped to ninety dollars a barrel."