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The Night Ranger: A John Wells Novel, Book 7 | [Alex Berenson]

The Night Ranger: A John Wells Novel, Book 7

Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field.
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Publisher's Summary

John Wells enters new territory, as he goes underground in East Africa to track four kidnapped Americans and the Somali bandits who snatched them, in the tough, thoughtful, electrifying new novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure.

They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, 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. The White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia. Wells has a unique ability to go undercover, and to make things happen, 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.

©2013 Alex Berenson (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-02-13
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 03-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wells is finally moving out of the desert"

    Berenson's 7th John Wells installment is another solid effort that delivers. This time around Wells is contacted by his estranged son to assist in the rescue of kidnapped Americans in Africa. While the world believes a terrorist plot, Wells pieces together a more complex and sinister evolving series of motivations. As is typical, Wells struggles with his own unique brand of morality and ethical conduct. In the end Wells functions as a microcosm of the confusing mix of US intent and policy all while out-thinking everyone else.

    The pacing is excellent with a gradual buildup, leading to an almost non-stop, but unclear where this is headed ending. This time out Wells is not officially CIA, but has their crucial support. At the same time, Berenson throws in numerous plot twists as well as doing an excellent job of interjecting contradictory governmental aims. In addition, the geographical translocation to Africa is refreshing to see Wells out of his element, but still quite capable. Berenson appears ready to move Wells in new directions, both personally as well as operationally.

    George Guidall's narration is simply outstanding as would be expected. His range of voices is breathtaking. His flow and tone perfectly match the mood of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-16-13
    Robert AUSTIN, TX, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2005

    Entrepreneur + Avid Reader + Concerned Political Skeptic

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    "Don't Look Past Berenson's John Wells"

    Alex Berenson is a seasoned reporter who has seen current combat theaters first hand - and transfers a lot of his experience through a "kick-butt" protagonist, John Wells. Wells' exploits are realistic - not supernatural - and his supporting cast should also keep a reader's interest while progressing through the seven books Berenson has written.

    Furthermore, Berenson is a really good writer. He knows how to explain the undercurrents of America's fight against extremism - and weave the many details and subplots together to create an interesting, informative book.

    Lastly, George Guidall brings this book to life with an excellent performance. I hope Berenson and Guidall continue with John Wells and cast.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-08-14
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Berenson + Guidall - I'm happy"

    I really really like George Guidall as a narrator and the combination of his voice and intonations with Alex Berenson makes me very happy for as long as the book lasts. This book (The Night Ranger) situated in Africa (Kenya and Somalia) perhaps isn't as good as his books on the Middle East - but more than good enough and gives a credible feel for life in Africa, the warlords, the instability etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 10-19-13
    Ross Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 10-19-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Even George Guidall can't save this dog"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read or listened to all the John Wells novels. I really like the character and have enjoyed every other Alex Berenson book. I struggled to finish this one, jumping out to listen to three other books before buckling down to finish this. Not because it's a good story but because I kept hoping something would happen to make it better. Truthfully the last hour is far superior, but getting there is a slog through muck and mire. I actually logged in to see if this was one of those "by famous author and some other guy you've never heard of" because it didn't read like Berenson, didn't move like Berenson and if you had never read any of his other books, could put you off the author completely. Feels like a contractual obligation, not a real effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Levin Chicago 03-22-13
    Thomas Levin Chicago 03-22-13 Member Since 2007

    TNL

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    "Not what I expected"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was not the action packed compelling story I was expecting from this writer or his character. I kept waiting for the story to take off. The book ended somewhat unexpectedly.


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

    I would like to hear the reader expand his narrative accents and character range. Seems to have only two or three differing expressions


    Could you see The Night Ranger being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A little bit let down on this one. I have enjoyed reading or listening to each of his other John wells books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta Hillier, ON, Canada 08-31-14
    Loretta Hillier, ON, Canada 08-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disapponted in this one !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Ranger the most enjoyable?

    There was some tension but not at a true adult level. The tension was glibly dispensed with.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There was nothing really outstanding or truly uninteresting. Just reminded me of a 1950's teen novel.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    I did like his effort to distiguish among characters with voice change. Dialect wasn't bad either.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction just disappoinyment.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole book smacked of 50's & 60's teen novel. Just enough bad stuff but nothing to "horrify" a conservative view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-17-14
    MidwestGeek Ann Arbor, MI, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A transparent, high-tech thriller, well read."

    This is the first of Berenson's novels I've read. If you like the sort of thrillers in which the only suspense is how the (super)hero will defeat his adversaries, then you probably will enjoy Night Ranger. I prefer stories with mystery in addition to adventure in which the identity of the villain and other adversaries isn't known. It was clear from the outset that Wells would somehow succeed; it is only a question of how. In this case, the high-tech superiority of the USA combines with Wells's cleverness and fighting skills to overwhelm relatively primitive, youthful Somalian militia. It is sort of believable but not at all surprising. The narrator George Guidall is one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 11-13-13
    Joe Bloggs WASHINGTON, IL, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Simple Joe

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    "Simple plot but it works"

    I'm running out of books from my favorite authors and discovered this book which I was pleasantly surprised to read. The plot is fairly straightforward and John Wells is the hero who is half detective, and full on kick ass commando. Not too many meaningless and unnecessary threads like some books. I wasn't into the John Wells is a Muslim thing, it just doesn't work and frankly feels pointless and preachy.

    George Guidall is a pleasure to listen to. He could probably read a cook book and still keep it interesting, he's that good.

    Overall it's excellent, but I just couldn't give it a full 5 stars. I would give it 4.5 stars if possible. I'm sort of conflicted over the issue because it's not nearly the best of the genre in my opinion, yet 4 stars doesn't quite do it justice either.

    It would have been nice to hear about some reconciliation between Wells and his son after the mission. Then again I guess it doesn't really matter. Thankfully the whole hostage thing was handled nicely and the reader (me) didn't have to feel agonized and tortured like so many hostage situations in books and movies make you feel.

    Bottom line, it's a great book and I will be listening to more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Glupker Michigan 10-24-13
    C. Glupker Michigan 10-24-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved It"
    What did you love best about The Night Ranger?

    Fast paced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of them. The narrator put a nice comical twist on some of their conversations.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's one of the best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Pacific Palisades, CA, USA 08-16-13
    Larry Pacific Palisades, CA, USA 08-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Could be Berenson's best John Wells thriller!"

    Alex Berenson and narrator George Guidall combine for the best John Wells thriller so far.
    Its filled with great characters. The least of which is Elliot Schaffer Well's friend and mentor at the CIA. He brings great comic relief to Berenson's dark plot.

    Its not often that an author's 7th novel in a series is his best, but in this case it is.

    George Guidall's narration is teriffic as usual. He is one of the best along with David Colacci.
    If you are already a fan of these books, don't miss this one!!




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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