The Night Ranger [ Read ] by Alex Berenson


10 thoughts on “The Night Ranger

  1. says:

    I liked this book less than the previous John Wells books but not because the plot seems smaller I actually liked that Wells isn't saving the entire world for once The problem he's solving here seems to have a realistic scale Instead I liked the plot writing and characterization less than in the previous books Wells and Sh

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    Change of scenery Wells story with our hero traveling to East Africa Kenya and Somalia to attempt a rescue of fo

  3. says:

    An outstanding thriller set amid the refugee crisis in Kenya and SomaliaThe biggest difference between a superior thriller and one that’s just so so lies in the degree to which the setting and circumstances are inherently interesting — and in the research the author has done to bring them to life in a fully credible manner Th

  4. says:

    Love this series however TNR wasnt my favorite John Wells outing Lots of unanswered uestions and the ending felt abrupt The epilogue did not feel like an epilogue to mejust a continuation of the book I would have loved a confrontation with Thompson that explained the motive for him and Scott Also wasnt uite su

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    PROTAGONIST John Wells CIA agentSETTING Kenya SomaliaSERIES #7 of 7RATING 35Four friends—Gwen Hailey Owen and Scott—have recently graduated from the University of Montana and decide to volunteer to help at a Somali refugee camp located in Kenya which is overseen by Scott’s uncle James Thompson The assignment does

  6. says:

    The Night Ranger is the latest John Wells novel by Alex Berenson Instead of Aghanistan and the Middle East this t

  7. says:

    I've been a fan of John Wells the protagonist of most of Alex Berenson's novels for a while but I found the latest installment in the series disappointing I've grown accustomed to John Wells saving the world or at least preventing a major disaster but in this book his exploits focus on the kidnapping of three aid

  8. says:

    Another John Wells thriller I hate to use the cliches associated with reading I couldn't put it down or A real page turner but with this book I found myself putting off chores to sit in my chair and read another 50 or so pages instead of doing what needed to be done That doesn't happen too often to me any The only negative I have is Berenson left too many loose ends to this story Some I can understand he would address them in the next novel

  9. says:

    The Night Ranger was an excellent book exciting suspenseful and well written It is my favorite Alex Berenson book I think I have rea

  10. says:

    Alex Berenson continues to write engrossing thrillers starring the redoubtable John Wells who is again called upon to find victims of a kidnapping but in this case its young teenagers in Africa Again and again Berenson has had Wells involved in different corners of the world in interesting plots that do not involve your standard thriller tropes Night Ranger is no exceptionJohn Wells receives a call from his son

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The Night Ranger

Ir own reasons for being there But after twelve weeks they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventureThey get 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 f. PROTAGONIST John Wells CIA agentSETTING Kenya SomaliaSERIES 7 of 7RATING 35Four friends Gwen Hailey Owen and Scott have recently graduated from the University of Montana and decide to volunteer to help at a Somali refugee camp located in Kenya which is overseen by Scott s uncle James Thompson The assignment does not meet their idealistic expectations The Somalians are not at all grateful for their aid and the work they do is not particularly fulfilling The exception is something that Gwen Murphy decides to do on her own teaching the children in the camp English although that endeavor is not greatly successful eitherAt Scott s suggestion the four decide to take a short vacation to an area near the Somalian border They are captured by a rogue group who takes them to an encampment where they are held hostage Their disappearance gets the attention of the US authorities who send in agent John Wells to get them to safety In the meantime however one of the hostages is killed and the others kidnapped yet again by a smaller force led by a charismatic young man Wizard who holds them for ransom Wells comes in and is able to negotiate with the abductors coming up with a clever idea that may save the day At the same time he has to figure out who is behind these acts of terrorismTHE NIGHT RANGER is the seventh book in the John Wells series Wells is in no way a superhero in fact he is beginning to feel the effects of age However that doesn t diminish his ability to come up with innovative solutions The book was action packed My only uibble had to do with the four students who didn t have a lot of depth to them with dialogue that was rather triteAlthough THE NIGHT RANGER is basically a standard international thriller it is saved from mediocrity by the timeliness of the narrative Certainly we are all aware of the dangers posed by the country of Somalia who have been in the news freuently for acts of ship piracy and kidnapping of their crews The other aspect that was uite interesting was around a topic that has become uite a point of contention in the US today the use of unmanned drones in a military operation PHP Pocket Reference s uncle James Thompson The assignment does not meet their idealistic expectations The Somalians are not at all grateful for their aid and the work they do is not particularly fulfilling The exception is Winds of Enchantment s The Odds Against suggestion the four decide to take a Tokyo Kill short vacation to an area near the Somalian border They are captured by a rogue group who takes them to an encampment where they are held hostage Their disappearance gets the attention of the US authorities who Unbroken The Reaper Diaries send in agent John Wells to get them to Bhishma an Enigma safety In the meantime however one of the hostages is killed and the others kidnapped yet again by a The Art of Loving smaller force led by a charismatic young man Wizard who holds them for ransom Wells comes in and is able to negotiate with the abductors coming up with a clever idea that may Jack Kerouac save the day At the Reputation seventh book in the John Wells Alfablot series Wells is in no way a Wild Gypsy Rose (Royals of Cardenas Book 4) superhero in fact he is beginning to feel the effects of age However that doesn t diminish his ability to come up with innovative Heads of the Colored People solutions The book was action packed My only uibble had to do with the four The Syrian Rebellion standard international thriller it is Lovers Destined ship piracy and kidnapping of their crews The other aspect that was uite interesting was around a topic that has become uite a point of contention in the US today the use of unmanned drones in a military operation

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Ield And when he arrives he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far complex than he imaginedThe clock is ticking The White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia Wells has a uniue ability to go undercover and to make things happen but if he can’t find the hostages soon they’ll be dead – and the US may be in a war it never should have begu. Another John Wells thriller I hate to use the cliches associated with reading I couldn t put it down or A real page turner but with this book I found myself putting off chores to sit in my chair and read another 50 or so pages instead of doing what needed to be done That doesn t happen too often to me any The only negative I have is Berenson left too many loose ends to this story Some I can understand he would address them in the next novel The relationship with his son for example As his estranged son s phone call was the reason Wells became involved in the search for the kidnap victims in the first place I thought it odd that there was no communication at the end of the book There were a couple of other instances but I ll let other readers form their own opinion on those

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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 the. I liked this book less than the previous John Wells books but not because the plot seems smaller I actually liked that Wells isn t saving the entire world for once The problem he s solving here seems to have a realistic scale Instead I liked the plot writing and characterization less than in the previous books Wells and Shafer communicate almost entirely by cell phone and nothing in this book advances the plot strand about maneuvering within the CIA The plot also implies a conspiracy that s never really unraveled One major character Owen gets a personality transplant midway through the book that could have been an interesting portrayal of how a retiring nerd chooses to become a leader but isn t Meanwhile all the African characters talk in what sounds like Jamaican patois from a 90s movie which is sort of understandable when they re communicating in English with Wells but makes a lot less sense when they re having pages long conversations with each other presumably in languages they speak fluently Above all I strongly disliked Berenson s portrayal of women not ever his strong suit exactly but not something any of the previous plots has lingered over much In this book there are three main female characters two of whom drop out of the plot entirely the comely kidnapping victim the ugly but smart aid worker and the savvy sexy love interest There is something deeply sexist about the reduction of these women into such stereotypes that is really beneath Berenson s previous level of work and it s especially troubling when combined with the constant patter about rape in this book which just so coincidentally takes place in Africa It would be one thing to have three characters of this type in the story that would be fine in a page turner like this But Berenson doesn t use his narration to portray these women in any detail instead he just flat out says that Moss is plug ugly in Wells s eyes Rather than you know describing what her face looks like None of the women even the kidnapping victim who is a POV character has anything resembling a mental life at least not one that extends to thoughts beyond her looks or effect on men Gwen s inner monologue is patronizing and inane It s hard for the reader to get really worried about this blow up doll being in perilThis goes on and on page after page and I ended the book liking both Wells and Berenson less than I did before reading it I suppose this makes me sounds like a pissed off feminist but when this is the peek we get into the worldview of even a smart guy like Berenson it seems there s a lot to be pissed off aboutThis installment reads as though Berenson has a new editor and that editor is Scott Thompson the book s fratty jerk character Since I actually have some faith in Berenson and actual editor Neil Nyren I ll hope for a better book next time

  • Hardcover
  • 387
  • The Night Ranger
  • Alex Berenson
  • English
  • 09 January 2019
  • 9780399159725