I enjoyed Books 5 & 7 of this series, but Book 6... I struggled to get through this book. The narrator is irritating, like fingernails on a chalk board, & a far cry from the soothing yet engaging narrations of Scott Brick & Christopher Lane. Still, the entire time I listened to this book, I kept asking myself if the narration could have such a significant impact on my poor opinion of the story. In the end, I decided that, while the narration didn't help, this story is very "jerky" and poorly resolved compared to Books 5 & 7. I enjoyed the book more as it came to a close, but it wasn't enough to change my opinion. Books 1-4 are not available on Audible currently, so I haven't listened to those, but will continue to consider to Brian Haig books due to the quality of Books 5 & 7
First off, contrary to what other reviewers have said, I thought Ganser was a better narrator than Scott Brick. I've heard lots of Brick's work (how can you miss it?) and generally like him, but his performance on The President's Assassin was nothing to write home about.
This was the second book of Haig's I have listened too. I did The President's Assassin first, and then Man in the Middle. Man in the Middle seems to follow pretty much the same formula as The President's Assassin. I won't give plot details away for either book. I'll just say that Haig seemed a little lazy, like he was recycling the plot with just enough changed so it wasn't duplication. I could give a dozen or so examples to support this claim, but they would give away the plot for both books. The other similarity between the books, and here I don't think I am giving anything away, is that Haig seems to think that EVERYONE is solely motivated by the need to avoid embarrassment. I don't think this is true, and as a result I found a few of the plot details difficult to swallow. It's still a fun and pleasant story with enough intrigue and plot twists to keep you listening.
I enjoyed reading "Secret Sanction" a few years ago and I enjoyed it. But now, I see that Brian Haig has gotten better and better and has written a masterpiece with "Man in the Middle."
This novel has everything: action, mystery, sex, humor. Plus: it contains debate on US activities in Iraq with different characters having different viewpoints on moral issues.
The overall result was superb. I highly recommend this novel and I plan to read more by the author.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
The Sean Drummond books are all intricately and tightly plotted with compelling characters who pull the reader into a world of suspense. The same is true of Man in the Middle, and remembering it as a complex story that I could read and enjoy again, I purchased it as an audiobook.
Alas, I forgot that after checking it out on CD I had ended up returning it to the library and checking out the print version instead. Scott Brick so perfectly embodies the wise-guy persona of Sean Drummond, I could not make the transition to another reader. Add to that Ganser's distracting deep inspirations between sentences, and I gave up on the audio for a second time. If you've never heard Scott Brick, and can ignore the intrusive breathing, then the book itself is a terrific read. Otherwise, buy the print book and imagine Brick's voice as you read.
After reading many of the other reviews, I thought the premise of the book seemed interesting enough to purchase it anyway. Since I have never read/listened to any books by Brian Haig I didn't think the reader would bother me that much. However, this reader must have other skills because reading audiobooks is NOT one of them! I had to give the story some stars in order to write the review so I gave it three. I am just 20 minutes into the book and I can honestly say PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYONE who states how poorly this reader reads this book. It sounds like he is in a race to just get through the book. Everything sounds the same and it is EXTREMELY MONOTONOUS, so much so that the story plot is just drowned out. I will continue to try to listen to it as I HATE to waste any credits....but I already know it will be difficult and I will make sure I NEVER purchase another audiobook read by this man.
The narrator seemed to pronounce all the words correctly.
Absolutely. How many times can one listen to the same few trite expressions?
It would require a compete rewrite. The dialogue would be perceived as a sarcastic satire of this genre, yet the writer seems to consider himself to be clever.
I will be much more selective in buying the $4.95 books in the future.
Sean Drummond says or thinks what many of us have or wanted to when having to deal with the officious. Great humor in a serious subject - a little of Robert Crais' Elvis Cole in Sean Drummond.
Get over the narrator and enjoy the book - it is worth the ride.
If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
It is awesome when I find another author to enjoy, and none of Brian Haig's books have failed me yet. He is kind of a cross between Nelson DeMille and Scott Turrow.
Brian Haig is a writer who deserves more recognition than he gets. His main recurring character, Sean Drummond, has a sharp tongue and a wit to match. The plots keep you guessing and have more twists and turns than a pretzel. If you like mysteries, military action / adventure, conspiracies, spies, and legal drama, you will like Man in the Middle and the other works by this author.