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The Midnight House | [Alex Berenson]

The Midnight House

Early one morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street. That night, an army vet is gunned down in his doorway. The next day, John Wells gets a phone call. Come to Langley. Now.
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Publisher's Summary

CIA agent John Wells returns in a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense from the number-one New York Times best-selling writer.

Early one morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street. That night, an army vet is gunned down in his doorway. The next day, John Wells gets a phone call. Come to Langley. Now.

The two victims were part of an 11-member interrogation team that operated out of a secret base in Poland called the Mid­night House. For two years, they put the screws to the toughest jihadis, men thought to have knowledge of imminent threats. The interrogators used whatever means necessary. When they were disbanded in the wake of public controversy, they were given medals for their heroism, Prozac for their nightmares.

Now Wells must find out who is killing them. Islamic terrorists are the likeliest explanation, and Wells is uniquely qualified to go undercover after them. But the trail of blood he discovers will lead him and his boss, Ellis Shafer, to a place they wouldn't have imagined - and leave Wells facing the hardest of questions about the men of the Midnight House.

Berenson's work has been called "superior entertainment" (The Washington Post), "heart-stopping adventure" (USA Today), and "a superb yarn reflecting the myriad dangers confronting our country today" (The Providence Journal). He is one of the world's best new thriller writers-and he is just getting started.

©2010 Alex Berenson (P)2010 Penguin

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    James 04-27-10
    James 04-27-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Another hit by Alex Berenson"

    I have been reading Alex since his first book came out and he never fails to deliver a combination of intense action with believable characters. I look forward to the continuation of the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Newport Beach, CA, USA 03-20-10
    Joel Newport Beach, CA, USA 03-20-10
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    "Good but Not Great"

    To me The Midnight House had all the right pieces for a great thriller but it just never grabbed my attention like it was intended. I found the book to be an easy listen, and an enjoyable one, but not memorable. I have never read Alex Berenson before but I would again after reading The Midnight House as I think he has a great thriller in him. A worthy read just not a perfect one.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Moku 10-09-10
    Moku 10-09-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Finely crafted"

    I've enjoyed all four of Alex Berenson's John Wells books. Like the ones before it, Midnight House is a tightly plotted and well-written adult thriller. The pacing is a bit slow, but the story nevertheless holds your attention. The ending is an enticing setup for the next book in the series. As always, George Guidall's nuanced, intelligent narration adds enormous value to the experience. Guidall remains, in my opinion, the best narrator in the business, and he is in top form here.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 03-21-10
    Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 03-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "clever"

    a bit bloody and grim, but entertaining

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim auburn, AL, United States 04-04-10
    Jim auburn, AL, United States 04-04-10 Member Since 2007
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    "I wanted to like it, but didn't"

    This book had all the key elements that could have made for a good listen--secret interrogations, tough protagonist, terrorists, a great narrator, etc. Unfortunately the story line fell a bit flat and there were too many people coming in and out of the investigation. I struggled through it and wish I hadn't.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John R. Holmes, Jr. Anacortes, Washington 07-18-12
    John R. Holmes, Jr. Anacortes, Washington 07-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is boring. It's supposed to be a thriller about global terrorism, but it's slow, slow, slow. I'm not sure whether this is a morality play about the evils of the U.S. government's anti-terrorism efforts or merely an artless tale. Either way, it's stultifying.


    What was most disappointing about Alex Berenson’s story?

    Slow and boring. It starts with two long, anecdotal tales of security people, when the only thing they contribute to the story is that they're two murder victims in what turns out to be six people that used to work together. What takes an hour to unfold in the audiobook should take 5 minutes. In fact, most of the background and characters in this story seems to be irrelevant.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this audiobook. A good narrator can't salvage a weak story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 04-02-10
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 04-02-10 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "my first Berenson"

    I picked this book as it seemed to be relevant to today's world situation. From that perspective I enjoyed it. While it wasn't the greatest book I've listened to it was an joyable story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juanita Whitehall, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 01-25-11
    Juanita Whitehall, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 01-25-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Slow and not much excitement"

    Not a page turner. Well read but story shallow and little action in a 14 hour book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 04-26-14
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Ho Hum"

    The Midnight house wasn't the best in the story in the saga of John Wells. The narration saved it for me. It was pretty easy to figure it out from almost the beginning. What is funny is that the story could be believable. I would not go as far as to say that it's a waste of a credit if you are a Well's fan but just don't get your exceptions to high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gerald SanDiego, CA, United States 03-24-14
    gerald SanDiego, CA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent NARRATOR"
    Would you try another book from Alex Berenson and/or George Guidall?

    We found the story subject matter to depressing and morally degrading.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he is excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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