The Midnight House by Alex Berenson

In The Midnight House Alex Berenson goes from John Wells savior of the world/USA/Taiwan from imminent mass murder to John Wells the detective.  Members of a super-secret interrogation squad are dying and someone needs to figure out why.

John Wells is more developed in this story.  The scope of the story is much smaller – instead of trying to stop a nuclear weapon from killing millions, this book dives deep into the story of a small team of interrogators and two of their most important subjects.  This book explores the personal side of interrogation – what happens in the minds of both the interrogated and the interrogator.  Each side of the table pays a high price for their involvement in the struggle.  Each loses hope, humanity, and sanity.  As Wells gets to the bottom of the repugnant actions that occurred at the off-grid “black site”, Berenson makes his belief that harsh interrogation techniques (not torture, mind you, but up-to-the-line-not-over-the-line) are not worth the human cost.

If you are a person who hates flashbacks, don’t get this book.  Berenson weaves the present day sleuthing of John Wells into chapters from the interrogation squad’s time deployed, giving you some pieces of the deployment storyline, but not enough to piece everything together until the end.  The Midnight House was a pleasant change of pace and focus for the John Wells series, but the next story in line, The Secret Soldier, ranks right next to the compelling start of this anthology.

The first chapter of the book is available from here.


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