Friday, December 11, 2009

The Midnight House-Alex Berenson

The Midnight House
Alex Berenson
Putnam, Feb 9 2010, $25.95
ISBN 9780399156205

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

2 comments:

Lydia Ruth said...

Good afternoon, Harriet:

I'm delighted to see you enjoy Alex Berenson's thrilling novels! If you would be interested in an advance review copy of his upcoming book, THE MIDNIGHT HOUSE, also featuring John Wells, please contact me at lydia.hirt@us.penguingroup.com

Thanks and I hope to speak with you further.

Best,
Lydia

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