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The Day before Midnight

The Day before Midnight

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Paramilitary terrorists who have taken over a top-secret nuclear complex kidnap Maryland welder Jack Hummel and force him to cut through a half-ton titanium block that conceals the launch button.

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Paramilitary terrorists who have taken over a top-secret nuclear complex kidnap Maryland welder Jack Hummel and force him to cut through a half-ton titanium block that conceals the launch button.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hunter ( The Spanish Gambit ) has written a smoothly believable race-against-time thriller with frightening plausibility. Unidentified military terrorists kidnap welder Jack Hummel from his Maryland home and direct him to cut through a block of titanium to reach a launch key in the South Mountain MX missile site. The president decides to send in the crack Delta assault team, but the man best suited to command them is Col. Dick Puller, who was discredited and disgraced in Iran in 1979. Puller, in turn, must work with the only man who knows the missile silo, its designer, Prof. Peter Thiokol. The leader of ``Aggressor-One'' is discovered to be Russian Military Intelligence chief Arkady Pashin: he is charismatic, reactionary and messianically determined to launch the single MX that will trigger a massive Soviet reply. Part of the fast-moving plot revolves around two abandoned coalmine tunnels, a stupid Russian spy and Thiokol's estranged wife, who unwittingly gave the Russians the plans for South Mountain. The 7 a.m.-to-midnight action flashes cinematically on Delta Force, the crack Russian Spetsnaz troops and various civilians. The book is fun, even if the finale is too drawn-out and a bit preachy: `` . . . the regular people, the Rest of US'' will save us. 40,000 first printing; $40,000 ad budget. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307573322
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
72,801
File size:
2 MB

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Rockets towards a shattering climax like an incoming missile.

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Stephen Hunter is a staff writer and film critic for The Washington Post and winner of The American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Distinguished Writing in Criticism (1998), as well as the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. He has written many novels, including Havana, Pale Horse Coming, and The Day Before Midnight.

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Day before Midnight 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book 23 times and I swear it get's better every time I read it. Stephen Hunter is without a doubt one of the best military suspense writers of our time, or any time for that matter. I can't wait to read it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh how I wish I could read faster, because I can't wait for the next page, but then again, the faster I read the sooner it's over!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in about a 3 day period. I just couldn't put it down. Very vivid descriptions of battlefield tactics and weapons.(I love that kind of stuff) Great suspense and quite a bit of humor as well. Definately a 5 star book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent face paced book. Very very believable, which in my opinion is very important to any story. Hunter stays focused on the story, and hardly ever strays away from the plot with unneeded details. You'll find yourself sweating at the end of the book. The tension the reader experiences at the climax is amazing.
postmanCC More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it. Any suspense fan will love this. Only thing missing is Swagger.
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Postrd earlier. I meant Hunter not Coyle ad writer.
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