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The Night Ranger (John Wells Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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When four young volunteers in Kenya decide to take a break from working at a Somali refugee camp, they pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. But they get more than they bargained for when they are kidnapped. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages.

John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual ...
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The Night Ranger (John Wells Series #7)

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Overview

When four young volunteers in Kenya decide to take a break from working at a Somali refugee camp, they pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. But they get more than they bargained for when they are kidnapped. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages.

John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field. And when he arrives, he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined.

The clock is ticking and the White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia. Wells has a unique ability to go undercover and stir things up, but if he can’t find the hostages soon, they’ll be dead—and the U.S. may be in a war it never should have begun.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The chaos of East Africa and the complex realities of relief efforts in that region form the backdrop for Edgar-winner Berenson’s gripping seventh thriller featuring ex-CIA agent John Wells (after 2012’s The Shadow Patrol). Wells’s estranged son, Evan, who views his father as “a professional vigilante at best, a war criminal at worst,” calls for help after 23-year-old aid worker Gwen Murphy, a friend’s sister, is kidnapped in Kenya. Murphy, who had been working in a refugee camp, was abducted with three colleagues, including the nephew of James Thompson, head of WorldCares/ChildrenFirst, the NGO running the refugee camp. Wells, who agrees to do what he can, taps an ally in the Company for assistance. Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate based in Somalia, has infiltrated the refugee camps across the border where WorldCares is operating. Taut prose, plausible action, and plenty of plot surprises ensure another winner for this perennial bestseller. Agent: Heather Schroder, ICM. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
A tense thriller that relies equally on bravery, wit and 21st-century American firepower. A group of U.S. workers for WorldCares/ChildrenFirst are in Kenya to help Somali refugees. One day, they are kidnapped and held for ransom. The victims' families hire John Wells, an ex-CIA agent who converted to Islam in a previous novel. Wells is smart, tough and honorable, but none of that stops him from being one hell of a killer. In his first foray into Africa, he coordinates his efforts with the CIA, though not all his government contacts like or trust him. Meanwhile, the frightened hostages must endure rough treatment by captors who have problems of their own. Berenson's thorough research gives the reader vivid images of Somalia, a hostile, ungovernable land where outlaws and hyenas are near the top of the food chain. In one tense scene, a deadly 6-foot-long mamba slithers over Wells. But the drones terrify and fascinate even more, controlled from air-conditioned comfort back in the United States. What can the operator see and do to a distant enemy before returning to his comfortable home? The worst part is that the technology is believable and probably accurate. The novel also prompts but does not pose the question: How many is it acceptable to kill in order to save how few? A cynic might add "how many Africans" and "how few Americans," although the novel has no racial slant. The enemy might be anyone, anywhere in the world, caught in the sights of an airborne Reaper. Setting aside the troubling trends in warfare, though, Berenson gives readers top-notch, fast-paced excitement in a part of the world unfamiliar to many Americans. John Wells (The Faithful Spy, 2006, etc.) is a worthy hero readers can count on.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609224
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Series: John Wells Series , #7
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 17,995
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Alex Berenson

As a reporter for The New York Times, Alex Berenson covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the flooding of New Orleans to the financial crimes of Bernie Madoff. His previous novels include The Faithful Spy, winner of a 2007 Edgar® Award, The Ghost War, The Silent Man, The Midnight House, The Secret Soldier, and The Shadow Patrol.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Another very good read in the John Wells series...

    Another very good read in the John Wells series...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

    Excellent book. Nice plot, with the story taking place in Africa

    Excellent book. Nice plot, with the story taking place in Africa. I thought it was a great read. Can't wait for the next one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    The Night Ranger by Alex Beren­son is a fic­tional book in the J

    The Night Ranger by Alex Beren­son is a fic­tional book in the John Welles series. This is the sev­enth book in the series, how­ever it can be read as a stand­alone novel.

    Four col­lege grad­u­ates vol­un­teer at a refugee camp for Soma­lis in Kenya. After a few weeks they go on a vaca­tion and dis­ap­pear. The hijack­ers demand huge amounts of ran­som from the families.

    One of the kid­napped girls is a friend of John Wells’ son, as a per­sonal favor he trav­els to East Africa to track the four Amer­i­cans. Wells has to nav­i­gate com­plex African local pol­i­tics, com­plex Amer­i­can national pol­i­tics as well as deal with the thugs on the ground in order to try and res­cue the volunteers.

    I’ve been intro­duced to Alex Berenson’s writ­ing and John Wells char­ac­ter in the first book The Faith­ful Spy which I enjoyed very much. I haven’t read the other books in the series but I did get my hands on The Night Ranger which I also enjoyed.

    The book is a fast read with plenty of action (much of it plau­si­ble) and a great plot which man­aged to sur­prise me a few times. The story man­ages to weave both the com­plex­i­ties of pol­i­tics as well as every­day life in Africa into a smooth narrative.

    The book ended abruptly, not in mid-sentence but it’s almost as if the author was try­ing to wrap things up neatly as quickly as pos­si­ble. The end­ing did not deter me from enjoy­ing the book, but I thought I should men­tion it.

    I like the char­ac­ter of John Wells very much, he is a sim­ple man who is com­plex at times (much like many of us). Wells is not a super-man, he gets hurt, he makes mis­takes, has com­plex rela­tion­ship with co work­ers and has to make choices which are the lesser of two evils.

    Another excit­ing book from Berenson’s pen, the set­tings, descrip­tions and char­ac­ters make a great thriller with fast nar­ra­tive which is dif­fi­cult to put down. Slowly but surely Alex Beren­son is cement­ing him­self as one of the top authors in his genre.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    excellent

    excellent

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    For me Alex Berenson quickly joined the list of authors that are

    For me Alex Berenson quickly joined the list of authors that are must reads for me. The John Wells character that he created has grown in to one where I want  to know what is going to happen to him and that keeps me coming back for more.
    While there might not be as much action as in previous books, TNR is still a page turner that I couldn't put down and I also loved the free short story about the kidnapping that was released earlier. It got my juices flowing and when TNR was available, I was excited to dive right in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Kat

    As usual,just excellent. Keep them coming with this quality, and we will keep on buying. Great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    Love all His Books

    I love all of Berenson's books...he can't write anything bad...have read them all!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Jaysoar

    I will love to read more!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Cottondusk

    Bravo! On-core!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Ghost 6

    "What about the Beyond?" Night inquired.
    "Don't you see?" Ghosts voice was worried, "Tigerstar is going to recruit cats from the Beyond. We must warn the clans. And we must at least try to help the beyond," she glanced at Night, "you can contact them right?"
    "Well, um, no." Night admitted timidly, "you see the cats of the Beyond visit when they choose, i dont have power over them."
    Ghost hung her head in what looked like defeat but when she lifted her head to stare back at him her eyes were hard with determination.
    "We must still warn the clans," she said bruskly.
    "You do realize that i am not familiar with clan territory right?" Night asked.
    "And?" Ghost challenged, "you must at least know where the clans reside."
    "Well yes," he admitted, "they live over that ridge," he motioned with his tail,"and down by a lake."
    "Alright," she said, "lead the way."
    "Before we go you should know one thing," night warned her.
    "What?" Her eyes seared his pelt.
    "I lied, i know the clan territory, i dont believe in starclan, i still believe in the beyond, but i am the son of the clans' enemy. My father was a cat named Sol." PLZ REVIEW CH 7 WILL B REALEASED SOON!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Rider

    Lucy please forgive me im sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Rider

    Okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Lucy

    It is fine." She walked out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Good

    Delivered another great Wells adventure

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Must Buy, Must Read!

    I enjoy the John Wells series. I look forward to reading each new book as it is released. This is a series worth following.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    good read

    Very good mystery, I will read some of his other books.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    A must read for John Wells readers.

    Berenson's books keep getting better. John Wells comes alive, guns drawn, jaw set, out to rescue American volunteers kidnapped in Africa's dangerous Somalia/Kenya border region. Exciting, fast-paced romp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Fox &alpha

    U here squirt?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Welcome to....

    Saban's Power rangers Megaforce rp. Im Gia the yellow ranger. Bios at power res 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Night Ranger

    Plodding read, anticlimatic. Would not recommend.

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