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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, relentlesslyFor 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…...

Title : The Protocol
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ISBN : 9781463689292
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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The Protocol Reviews

  • Paula Cappa
    2019-05-20 12:33

    I read this because crystal skull stories fascinate me: I love to read them and write them too. The prose in The Protocol is simple, direct, nothing to inspire you. Characters are simplistic without much depth, but that's normal for these types of action-adventure books. I was entertained for a good part of it. James Acton served the story well enough. If you like chase scenes and a high-octane action page turner, this is for you. Good guys vs. bad guys; nothing ground-breaking going on here. Kennedy is a decent writer and weaves a good intrigue (although I found his overuse of exclamation points on practically every page a bit much, but that's just me). I was disappointed in the crystal skulls though. They were just objects and had little mystical charm, mystery, or even exhibited any real power for that matter.

  • Philip
    2019-05-12 04:39

    OK read but I was a bit disappointed by this book. After reading all the hype about this book being on all the Best Sellers Lists all over the world ever since it was first published I really thought I'd found another underrated, in Canada anyway, Canadian author to add to my list of favourite Canadian Crime Writers. So I started by reading Kennedy's three Detective Shakespeare novels of which, while they were all very good, "Tick Tock" was the best and I really admired Kennedy's ability to provide fabulous surprising endings with twists that even have twists on them but are never telegraphed in from left field with no clues anywhere in the story. So perhaps I started "The Protocol" with too high expectations and shouldn't really be surprised at my disappointment in the book or perhaps this type of farfetched, over-the-top violent action fantasy is just not the type of mystery stories I enjoy while I am sure it is well liked by many readers especially by any fans of the "Rambo" or "Rocky" type stories. I realize one must suspend one's belief in reality to enjoy the entertainment and escapism we get from crime fiction but I'm afraid this one is just so preposterous that there is no way I can accept any of excessive violence, blood and gore, the deaths of all the innocent victims who are not involved in the story, the lack of any real mystery and the corresponding lack of any real detective investigations, the completely impossible cooperation of the UK military with Dawson and in the end the fact that we never do learn what these "Crystal Skulls" can do, if anything. I'm sure there will be many readers who like this book but I'm afraid it's just not my cuppa tea and I doubt if I'll be reading any more in the James Acton series unless I get them as Amazon freebies. I sure will read any more Detective Shakespeare novels that Kennedy writes.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-05-17 05:27

    London, England. British museum. What is the Triarii Protocol? Andes Mts., Peru, Garcia, Professor James Acton & his students were at a dig site.Ft. Bragg, NC. 1st. Special Forces (Delta Team Bravo). What did Colonel Thomas Clancy want Sergeant Major Burt “Big Dog” Dawson, Niner, Bryson, Stucco, Casey & the other team members to do?SA Jasper & SA Lambert went to see Professor Gregory ”Greg” Milton (BMF, Dean, St. Paul’s U, Maryland) with some very bad news. Professor Acton was also missing. What happened to William “Billy” Guthrie? Why is Professor Laura Palmer (British Museum, Archaeology, Ancient History, Literature, University College London) being questioned?I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great & writing style. A very well written historical fiction action adventure book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great action adventure movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. Kind of hard to follow along at times but it made sense at the end. That said I will rate it at 5 stars. Thank you for the free Amazon Digital Services LLC; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Joseph P McGrath
    2019-05-05 12:33

    It just didn't catch my attention well enough to keep reading more . After reading 25 to 30 pages and you are not hooked. Well time to move on. To many different things are happening in the beginning of the book that did still come together by the time I got through the first 10 percent. It just didn't catch my interest well enough to keep me going. After reading 10 percent or so all the starting sub plots should be starting to come together. If they did I didn't catch it.

  • Sheila Carsins
    2019-04-23 08:23

    Wow, wow, and did I say, WOW??? Incredible book, fantastic action thriller, well-written and happily read!!!Absolutely breathtaking story! I love that the premise for this story has one foot firmly grounded in the fact that Crystal Skulls do indeed exist. And, that they're also incredible feats of technology, artwork, and limitless possibilities, of potentially alien creation and orientation. The purpose of these skulls around the world continue to taunt us with their hidden secrets and the intentions for their use; however, this story seems incredibly plausible given what little we know about these mysterious and mesmerizing objects. An "Acton Adventure," is sort of like a modern day mashup of "James Bond," realistic Black Ops missions and objectives, paired up with "Indiana Jones," modern day technology and archeology, and enough excitement and tension to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat on pins and needles, right up until the very end! It has everything, science, action, history, and adventure, and exciting, cutting-edge, modern day warfare. I won't throw out any spoilers, except to say that this book brought everything it promised, to the "party," and then some! Despite there being a multitude of characters, each person had their own thoughts, ideas, flaws, and personalities, and I didn't need a "cheat sheet," at the beginning of this book to keep them separated in my imagination and know who was who. They were all delightfully "alive," and each one was truly and uniquely individual. Nicely done! Well-created locations, characters, details, moods, feelings, world-building, etcetera. Pull up a chair, grab a book, and dive right in... this story is waiting for you-- in fact, the entire book is "picture perfect," and I'll be surprised if it doesn't get made into a movie sometime soon! Thank you, J. Robert Kennedy, for an extraordinary journey! It just doesn't get any better than this, and I had a marvelous time! Kudos!!!

  • Jason Robertson
    2019-05-16 05:33

    The Protocol is the first book in the "James Action" series about, stop me if you've heard this before, a badass archeologist hunting for treasure, and getting mixed up in some bad stuff in between. To call James Action an Indiana Jones clone, would be redundant. It's clear where the inspiration for the books come from. But I don't think derivative necessarily means bad. So the million dollar question is, is it any good? And I really can't say. Nothing about the book stands out as particularly bad, nor great for that matter. But despite owning the first three James Action books already, I'm not planning on reading the second one anytime soon. It's a textbook 2.5 out of five. A nice amount of action, if not to much towards the end, but a jumbled first half made getting into the book a drag. If you like men's adventure and don't mind reading half of a book before it's gets good, give it a go. If not, pass on it.

  • Neha
    2019-04-25 09:32

    Okay it's a breezy, racy read but I really enjoyed. I tend to skim over many parts but still I felt this was deeply enjoyable. The characters would all really benefit from back stories but since this was the first book in the series, maybe there is more coming in in the next books. I just felt the ending was a little rushed, and quickly wrapped up. Also no mention of what happens to the Special Ops team and a very skittish treatment to the President, not to mention that these kinds of incidents are absolutely impossible in real life. Some back story or historical and research narrative to the skulls would have also helped. But overall, I enjoyed it.

  • Karen
    2019-04-23 08:19

    I only gave this book 4 stars because I didn’t like the beginning. I felt like I started the book in the middle of a series and that I was missing some very important information. Later in the book I received some background information but I still wanted more. But I liked the book because it was about the story of the crystal skulls mysteries. The question is, how were they made out of one piece of quartz without tool marks and do they have special powers? PS these questions were not answered.

  • Lindasp
    2019-05-06 07:20

    Wow! My heart is still pounding! What an exciting read! James Acton is a combination of Jack Bauer, Indiana Jones and Cotton Malone (from Steve Berry's) and although the book has 95 chapters, they are short and keep the action moving quickly. The first several chapters are spent introducing characters important to the story so it took awhile to link them all up but then it was pure action to the end. This was the first book I've read by J Robert Kennedy but it won't be the last.

  • Michael Long
    2019-05-21 10:41

    A truly great read!!I had my reservations thinking this is probably one of those books that teased the reader in to buying another suspense with a weak plot and barely readable. Boy was I wrong. I couldn't put the book down. Great read and terrific plot. And yes, I bought the next one in the series.

  • Vandana Nayak
    2019-04-23 12:34

    Beautifully written, loved the action sequence and how the mystery around the skull is unravelled. I read this book as I got introduced to the other series of Robert, Kane thriller -Rogue it would have been interesting to know the consequence of bringing together of crystal skulls, power of it. Nevertheless, the thriller was worth a read!!

  • Robbie
    2019-05-22 05:40

    Well-written, fast-paced. There was so much going on in this one that it was sometimes hard to tell which were the bad guys. I rated this one 4.8 stars. J. Robert Kennedy is one of my favorite authors.

  • Linda Cooper
    2019-05-15 06:22

    Loved this book! Lots of action and plenty of twists figuring out the connections of all the characters. And of course the mystery of the crystal skulls, true or not? Looking forward to the next James Acton book!

  • Hayley
    2019-05-16 10:33

    Brilliant! Absolutely loved this book, so good I couldn't put it down lol! Fantastic storyline and characters. I would happily recommend.

  • Debbie Mcnally
    2019-05-07 08:26

    Fantastic book. I will definitely be reading more of this series.

  • Robert Chambers
    2019-05-18 10:42

    ExcellentExcellent mixture of military action and historical facts.Looking forward to reading the further adventures of the united professors. Fast paced action thriller.

  • Gene Rosso
    2019-04-23 11:17

    Very slow start. Ending made up for my persistence in continued reading.

  • susan mowrey
    2019-05-03 05:29

    Great action readLove action movies and this is the equivalence in a book. Moves right along. Finished in a couple days

  • Ardythe51
    2019-04-25 08:17

    Reminds me of James Rollins. Loved the book and look forward to reading more adventures of Professor Acton and Palmer.

  • John
    2019-04-26 07:21

    the only good thing I can say about this book is that it was free at B&N. Other than that, a waste of time. Zero character development, absurd plot. Pass on the series........

  • Gary
    2019-05-10 11:40

    Good, but formulaic. Like reading Langdon. The Crystal Skull hook though was quite interesting.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-10 07:22

    Interesting read- Indiana Jones meets Prof. Langdon. A lot of violence.

  • Ed Egbert
    2019-04-25 09:20

    Great Read!Very good reading, this is a book that is almost impossible to put down. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes advent.E

  • Jeff
    2019-05-13 08:29

    Nice thriller with some good plot lines and action. I will be looking forward to continuing the series

  • Kathy
    2019-04-29 06:19

    Another outstanding J Robert Kennedy thriller, full of suspense and mystery. This was my second time reading it and it was even better this time around!t

  • Wendy
    2019-05-12 09:38

    I love

  • Thibaldo Manrique
    2019-05-07 06:14

    This is one time I have no doubt the "best selling" author is trueSome time claims as "best-selling" author are just a blurb to get you to buy the book.This one is free and the outline caught my attention.A great story, very interesting, intelligent and cohesive. Very well developed characters that catch you and you feel you know them by the end of the book.A delight and a great gateway to what seems to be a whole world of people and plots. There are, of course, the further adventures of Professor Acton, but there are stories on a whole lot of the (in this story) secondary characters. All interesting and fleshed out.Looking forward to reading more from this author.Take a look at the book. You will not be disappointed.

  • Jeff
    2019-05-09 06:28

    This is a gripping, suspenseful story, but there's so much unnecessary death and violence. The premise is also unrealistic and requires some suspensionof disbelief. Not much effort went into developing the characters. It's more of an action driven story. R. C. Bray's performance is excellent, giving distinct and appropriate voices to the characters. His narration serves to enhance a rather average actionadventure. There's no real surprises in this one. NOTE: I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for this unbiased review.

  • John
    2019-05-23 08:13

    Ok, the entire premise is weird. Crystal Skulls etc seem to make this highly sci-fi except ******spoiler******* they don't do anything. It's all belief of what they could do and the actions that people take to try and use them. You'd think this was to unreasonable to be a story except that people actually do this. Hitler was notorious for gathering 'articles of power' to help his cause. Some things I found highly unlikely to the point it detracted from the story but, it is just a piece of fiction. It was a very enjoyable work of escapist adventure writing.

  • sunnygecko
    2019-04-28 11:41

    I give this 2&1/2 stars. If you like this genre of book, the writing is fairly typical in style with lots of action and descriptions of their equipment. You'll need to suspend disbelief as usual, though I think for me it was more than usual with the mystical premise of magical skulls to go with the secret societies. Overall, the writing isn't bad, but the premise was a bit too out there, the special ops guys were having too much trouble catching an archeologist and there got to be so many characters (with paragraphs from their pov) that I got bored trying to follow it.