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
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
When Audible put all Alex Berenson's John Wells series espionage thrillers on sale for $4.95 it gave me the opportunity to buy at a low price the 2 of the 9 books I did not have. All of the John Wells series are 4 star or better. Midnight House is no exception. Wells, an ex-Army Ranger and ex-CIA agent, is also a (marginal) Muslim. He is one of the more interesting of the espionage thriller protagonists.
George Guidall narrates as usual and he does a great job.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't buy this audiobook. A good narrator can't salvage a weak story.
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.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I bought the first 6 books from this series when they were on sale. And I really enjoyed the first three. I find the character of John Wells to be intriguing and interesting. But the storyline for this book was slow and boring. I couldn't stay with it. I found myself rewinding to hear what had happened because I had tuned out. I do that sometimes when the story isn't keeping my attention. I hope that number 5 is more similar to the previous 3.
I enjoyed the book, and I think this is one of the better John Wells books. It seemed like there wasn't a lot of action though, and that's why I gave it four stars and not five.
One thing that drives me crazy is the concurrent stories that hopefully mesh together to tell the complete story. The concurrent story here was what was happening at the torture facility back a year before. It just wasn't all that relevant until the end of the story and then I was like, yeah that makes sense but why did the author take that approach? The concurrent story could have been cut down considerably.
There is just something about the book that bugs me, but I cannot figure out what exactly it is. Maybe it's all the hard luck stories. Everyone from Wells to the killer to one of the people at the Midnight House is a hard luck story. Maybe it's just that I want the book to be better, but it isn't. It's good, but somehow it misses being great.
Not a page turner. Well read but story shallow and little action in a 14 hour book.
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