The Midnight House (John Wells Series #4)

The Midnight House (John Wells Series #4)

by Alex Berenson
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The Midnight House (John Wells Series #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 151 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly engrossing and thrilling! Highly recommend.
slatsdawson More than 1 year ago
Berenson's first book was great. Subsequent efforts have been weaker and weaker. This has been his worst book by quite a margin. Having said all that, this was one hell of a good book. It just wasn't nearly as good as his first book. I hope he can regain the edge he had on his earlier efforts. No matter, I will buy his next book the minute it hits the shelf.
Reader53TX More than 1 year ago
This forth offering on John Wells is set in 2008 when actions in Iraq were ongoing. The story is very believable and, while there is some action, it is more of a mystery that Wells and his boss investigates. While not as good as eariler works is still a great read. I enjoy his writing style and was eager to get to the end.
GFF More than 1 year ago
The novel's backdrop is timely, and the plot gives the reader an opportunity to consider an issue which is important to all of us. In the process, you also get to enjoy the suspense of a great story.
bob53EB More than 1 year ago
Interesting way of looking at the psychological aspects of a warped mind.
JackRyan More than 1 year ago
Berenson uses his famous character, John Wells, to scout out a secret interrogation cell called the Midnight House. Several of the now defunct cell's members have recently been murdered, and it is up to Wells and his sidekick, Fisher, to hunt them down and save the remaining members. While there was a lot of needless driveling about his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Exley, there wasn't enough of his new friend, a lady he met in his hideaway in the Northeast- but alas, I'm sure another sequel awaits that story. All in all a good book, not a real page turner, but one that as the book got on you wanted to know what happens.
IdahoPrincess45 More than 1 year ago
The story was very interesting, exploring aspects of torture how it affects the prisoner and the 'interrogater'. For all of the readers who are waiting for John to turn the page in his life, it is done! His personal life has hit a new low, if that was possible.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
John Wells has one hell of a problem; find out why members of a former interrogation team are dead. Could they all be coincidence or murder and part of a terrorist plot? In Alex Berenson's THE MIDNIGHT HOUSE, the author jumps from Well's investigation back to when the team was together doing what it specialized in. As we learn about the members, we also learn how the CIA operates. This is a fast moving mystery/thriller that is character driven.
DE7127 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Alex Berenson since his first novel and this book adds to the depth of the John Wells series. I would guess some fans of his previous novels may not be as happy with The Midnight House, as it is more mystery novel and less spy or counterterrorism thriller. To me that is the strength of the series so far, with each novel taking a different approach, style and tone while maintaining high intensity around a core group of solid characters. Both the first and third novels in the series, The Faithful Spy and The Silent Man, had a pure counterterrorism focus, while the The Ghost War was a more traditional espionage thriller. TMH overlaps into both areas but is first and foremost a mystery novel built around the world of spies. End result is a pretty solid addition to the series, though one that may disappoint fans expecting something else. Plot is well paced, and Berenson overlaps multiple elements, including past and present, adroitly to move things along. TMH is not the best in the Wells series, but that's a high standard given the outstanding quality of the first three novels. Even so it is a worthwhile read and a nice addition to the series, and Berenson's main character and supporting cast continue to shine in comparison to most in the genre, save only those of Daniel Silva.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good, but not up to the previous novels in the series.
Mort More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend it ti any CIA "fans". I do find it sad that the trials of war sometimes brings out the worst in a person. Posdibly traits that might never have surfaced in a peaceful enviroment. For others, war is an excuse to vent their rage and might pisdibly save innocents. ~~~ Of course, these are just my thoughts.
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
A peek into the world of the FBI & CIA. Amazing what terrorists/criminals are willing to do / See what the Americans are willing to sacrifice to keep us safe.
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