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The Midnight House (John Wells Series #4)

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

super spy thriller

Following the New York incident (see The Silent Man), CIA agent John Wells receives some needed R&R. He takes off for rustic New Hampshire with only his dog Tonka as his hiking mate.

However, his respite abruptly ends when his assignments boss Ellis Shafer calls ask...
Following the New York incident (see The Silent Man), CIA agent John Wells receives some needed R&R. He takes off for rustic New Hampshire with only his dog Tonka as his hiking mate.

However, his respite abruptly ends when his assignments boss Ellis Shafer calls asking him to come back to work as he is needed. An assassin has killed probably five members of the defunct 10 manned Task Force 673, whose mission was to interrogate high-value terrorists; they had no rules except obtain information anyway they can. John searches for the killer with the biggest barriers coming from within as security agency chiefs are willing to allow more Americans to die in order to gain more power.

Shakespeare said "All's well that ends well", but even if he ends the serial killing spree, the espionage operative learns otherwise as Pogo trumps the Bard with "we have met the enemy and he is us". The latest Wells' spy thriller is more a whodunit except for the penis envy testosterone wars between the American spy agencies. Fans will appreciate Alex Berenson's super thriller as his hero may be The Faithful Spy, but others place agency desires over national security.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 11, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not up to Par

The latest installment by Alex Berenson is thrilling but I think he's fallen into the pressure by the publishing company to come out with a book every year (much like Flynn and Thor). I wish the authors would try harder and make the books longer. It just didn't measur...
The latest installment by Alex Berenson is thrilling but I think he's fallen into the pressure by the publishing company to come out with a book every year (much like Flynn and Thor). I wish the authors would try harder and make the books longer. It just didn't measure up to the first, second or third books. I'll probably try one more time but after that it'll be time to find another 'thriller' author.

posted by 2112305 on April 8, 2010

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    Engaging

    Book 4, in the John Wells series

    This story is a fictional account about people, their politics on interrogation and the harsh techniques performed on detainees to obtain information.

    CIA agent John Wells was on R&R in New Hampshire when his superior Ellis Shafer calls him back to Langley. An assassin has been killing one by one, members of the defunct team of 10 called 'Task Force 673 '. They were based in Poland at a place code name Midnight House and their mission was to interrogate high-value terrorists with whatever means necessary and extract vital Intel from the most dedicated and most radical. Could the killings be a question of pay back at all cost?

    With Wells back in the fold, he poses as an Arabic-speaking journalist in Cairo with the ultimate mission to find and interview Alaa Zumari and back at the home front, Shafer works his contacts he has developed over the years. Soon into the investigation they realize members of the 673 are being not only targeted by the enemy but also back at home by high ranking officials who do not want the truth to become public.

    This 4th instalment is a tale of moral corruption, cynicism and political manipulation. I find the storyline has a deeper message than the author's previous novels and has a slight philosophical and political overtone. It also covers an interesting topic: the torture of enemy combatants by Americans on foreign soil. The story jumps back and forth in time; it covers the 673 operations in Poland and the present day investigation. The pacing is slow at times with only a few vivid action sequences to provide a good adrenaline rush, however the writer has cleverly incorporated events of the past years with some plot twists to intrigue and challenge us. The story is driven by a large cast of interesting and well-drawn characters and Mr. Berenson has expertly developed his protagonist into multi-dimensional patriot extraordinaire.

    'The Midnight House' is very engaging and a mind stimulating read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Not up to Par

    The latest installment by Alex Berenson is thrilling but I think he's fallen into the pressure by the publishing company to come out with a book every year (much like Flynn and Thor). I wish the authors would try harder and make the books longer. It just didn't measure up to the first, second or third books. I'll probably try one more time but after that it'll be time to find another 'thriller' author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Recommended

    I enjoyed this book a lot up until the last 30 pages or so. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting but I felt kind of let down. I've read other books by Alex Berenson and taken as a whole, this was one of my least favorites.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    Empty House

    Having liked Berenson's previous novels made the disappointment in this one all the harder. Perhaps the author had one more book to churn out under his contract, perhaps he was out of steam, but this novel was just a run of the mill story. To give it 4 stars wouldn't be fair to those novels who have earned them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

    not the best

    this was not one of the best from this author. hard reading the main person john wells could have been more in the book. i liked his other three much better. got a little off the pathway.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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