The Night Ranger

The Night Ranger

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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 -bestselling 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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780399159725
Branch Call Number: FIC Beren
Characteristics: 387 pages.


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Jun 13, 2016

Berenson is becoming like Clancy, much too infatuated with the technology over the skills of his secret agent. Huge disadvantage of relying on technology is you are putting your life in someones hands 5000 miles away-secret agents just don't do that. His strength is an insight into the Somali terrorists/bandits. They are driven by boredom, money and searching for power not ideology. Pirates out for a buck is the best description, bored little boys with AK's.

Jul 21, 2015

Excellent book, well written, believable, and fast-paced

Sep 25, 2013

This is my first John Wells, and I really like the character. Berenson gets the details right about the politics, the culture and the military perspective. I really enjoy the accurate insights regarding the Montana aspects of the story, because they ring true. I lived there and he's spot on. I hope to relish the other 6 books in this series as much as I enjoyed this one.

Apr 20, 2013

An excellent adventure. Excellent plot and well-defined characters. Would definitely recommend it, and will read his other books.

ChristchurchLib Mar 11, 2013

"Meticulously researched (details abound about refugee camps, drone technology, and Somali culture) and incredibly tense, The Night Ranger is the 7th in a consistently nerve-wracking series. The 6th (The Shadow Patrol) made it onto the 2012 Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger long-list, and if you enjoy this series for its honourable hero, fast-paced plotting, and believable enemies, you may want to try Jack Higgins' series featuring Sean Dillon, an ex-IRA terrorist turned (eventually) British anti-terrorist agent." March 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

Mar 03, 2013

Berenson is back to the reason I started reading him. This book changes his usual story location. This is close to the best he has written.

Feb 20, 2013

In my opinion, typical Berenson - slow start; fast finish. If you like this author, worth the read.


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May 20, 2013

Did these foreigners know that their plastic sacks of grain and sugar fed - literally -- the war and the soldiers who fought it?

May 20, 2013

The endless assassinations damaged America's moral standing. They would inevitably create a new generation of terrorists desperate to revenge themselves on American soil.

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