The Midnight House

The Midnight House

Audiobook CD - 2010
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For almost two years the ten-members of an interrogation team operating from a secret base in Poland called the Midnight House have been putting the screws to the toughest jihadis. They used whatever means necessary, and when they disbanded they were given medals for their heroism. Now someone is executing them, and its up to CIA agent John Wells to find the killer.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books ; [New York] : Penguin Audio, [2010], ℗2010
ISBN: 9781440786471
144078647X
9780143145394
0143145398
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ber
Description: 9 audio discs (11 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Guidall, George

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billmacrotarian
Aug 03, 2015

The Midnight House is a change of pace for this series which has featured planned mega-terrorist attacks in the form plagues and nuclear weapons. Instead the reader sees John Wells trying to solve the murders of a unit which interrogated suspected terrorists in a location called the Midnight House. The novel switches from Wells’ investigations to flashbacks in the Midnight House. Berenson conflicts the reader by placing a vile terrorist along with a victimized boy in the unit’s care. On the one hand the reader wants to see the terrorist talk and on the other we see somebody who needs help. In doing so the author brilliantly allows the reader to see both sides of the “enhanced interrogation” debate that was going on at the time the novel was published. It’s clear that the process is soul destroying for the interrogators as well as brutalizing the prisoners. As always Berenson’s novels are more thoughtful and nuanced than those of the late Vince Flynn or Brad Thor. If John LeCarre doesn’t like this series, he should.

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JudithE
Sep 15, 2012

Well-written but grim. At its core is the torture of "enemy combatants" by US forces to gain information, so I found it difficult to listen to.

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nitetraino
Apr 19, 2010

This could have been more interesting and exciting had the author and editor not chosen to be repetiitive throughout. As a result, the story bogs down in the middle. 5 of 10 stars

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