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The Protocol: A James Acton Thriller [Paperback]

J. Robert Kennedy
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July 1 2011
For two thousand years the Triarii have protected us, influencing history from the crusades to the discovery of America. Descendent from the Roman Empire, they pervade every level of society, and are now in a race with our own government to retrieve an ancient artifact thought to have been lost forever. Caught in the middle is archaeology professor James Acton, relentlessly hunted by the elite Delta Force, under orders to stop at nothing to possess what he has found, and the Triarii, equally determined to prevent the discovery from falling into the wrong hands. With his students and friends dying around him, Acton flees to find the one person who might be able to help him, but little does he know he may actually be racing directly into the hands of an organization he knows nothing about...

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J. Robert Kennedy is the author of over one dozen international best sellers, including the smash hit James Acton Thrillers series, the first installment of which, The Protocol, has been on the best sellers list since its release, including a three month run at number one. In addition to the other novels from this series, Brass Monkey, Broken Dove, The Templar's Relic (also a number one best seller), Flags of Sin, The Arab Fall (also #1), The Circle of Eight (also #1) and The Venice Code, he has written the international best sellers Rogue Operator, Containment Failure, Cold Warriors, Depraved Difference, Tick Tock, The Redeemer and The Turned. Robert spends his time in Ontario, Canada with his family.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start Oct. 4 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the book, his first. But I found it somewhat jumpy. Not being originally familiar with the characters made it somewhat jumping around. This comment also applies to his 2nd book (The Brass Monkey), although his main characters don't enter until later in the book.
However I will continue to read in sequence his books.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but a silly, sci-fi premise Feb. 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fairly well-written novel, with lots of action typical of a good "black ops" type book. That part of it was enjoyable, and I will read the second in the series based on the strength of that alone.

However, I really felt the author's talents were wasted on a silly, improbable premise. Too "sci-fi" for my tastes, I'm afraid. If the next one isn't any better in that regard, I'm going to give up on this author...or at least on this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars James Acton: A little bit of Jack Bauer & Indiana Jones! Sept. 28 2011
By Coach D - Published on Amazon.com
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As other reviewers have said, this is an exciting book that delivers plenty of action. For the intro price of $0.99 I thought it was a very good read. I do plan on reading the 2nd James Acton book soon as well. Not as in-depth as a David Morrell or a Robert Ludlum thriller, but the story was exciting and I ended up reading just this book instead of my usual habit of reading 2 to 3 books at a time. Sometimes it seemed as if the professor (Acton) too easily got away from the Seal Team that was chasing him. Either Acton is really good, or they were some poorly trained Seals. A little more background on why James Acton (a professor) was so tough and tradecraft wise would have been nice. But, as I said, this book lived up to what I expected it be, I was not disappointed, and I do plan to read his next book featuring Professor James Acton.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hair-raising action that knocked my socks off!!! Jan. 24 2012
By Cynseer Booklover - Published on Amazon.com
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I stumbled across The Protocol by author J. Robert Kennedy and promptly bought it and seven hours later (stops for dinner and other necessities) I finished this absolutely fascinating book. From the beginning I was caught up in the action, the mystery and the conspiracy involving both good and evil. To say I loved this book is mild...that I would love to see a movie on it would be thrilling...and that I am very much going to buy the next James Acton adventure, Brass Monkey, asap!!!! Highly and eagerly recommended to all who love political and religious conspiracy/intrigue with action that is beautifully described in such a way that you almost feel you are there and experiencing each moment of terror! Kudos to this fabulous author!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious Aug. 26 2011
By FictionFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you want fast and furious, if you can cope with a high body count, most of all if you like to be hugely entertained, then you can't do much better than J Robert Kennedy.

Having read and loved Depraved Difference, I started this, his earlier novel, with high hopes and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Take an archaeologist or two, a conspiracy, a secret society, the US military, the British police - mix in some car chases, a lot of gore and a little romance and you have the recipe for a cracking thriller that gallops along at breakneck speed.

This book has a huge cast and a fairly complicated plot but Kennedy manages to keep all the balls in the air till the very end and then catches them neatly and skilfully. Sure, you might have to suspend your disbelief from time to time, but that's no hardship - with likeable protagonists and some humour to lighten the tone, this is a great, fun read. Highly recommended.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like B-Movies, this is for you Feb. 25 2012
By Polyphemus - Published on Amazon.com
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I have very much been on the hunt for good "archaelogical thrillers" and they are surprisingly hard to come by. One would think in the shadow of generations following Indiana Jones there would be a slew so feel free to comment and recommend.

I came upon The Protocol from an Amazon list and for $.99 I gave it a shot. The story was pretty good if not more fanciful than one might be comfortable with. I would characterize it as a B-novel, much like any B-movie. While a flick may only take two hours of your time, the book probably took about four hours of reading time. The book is a roller coaster so very fast paced at the expense of character development. The characters and plot are all fairly stereotypical with a Ludlum-like conspiracy, corruption-from-on-high conceit.

I recommend the book if you are willing to look past less technically savvy novel construction and are just interested in a genre story. Compared to say "Relic" at $7.99 I'd pay $.99 all day long for more archaeological thrillers like The Protocol.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars At some point early on, the plot meanders into the realm of the ridiculous. Aug. 26 2014
By Svati Patel - Published on Amazon.com
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There comes a point where even hard-core, forgiving readers of archaeology/espionage/conspiracy thrillers must accept that there are certain plots that wander into the realm of the laughingly unbelievable and ridiculous. This would be the point. The story's bumbling professor on the run while being pursued by trained (albeit mislead) special forces, evil government forces, and a secret society who manages to save himself while doing or solving absolutely nothing is very far-fetched. And, I have a high tolerance for the far-fetched. I tried this first novel at a discounted price to see if the series was worthwhile picking up. If all the books are like this, then I am really glad I did not pay full price.
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