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The Middleman

Sprecher: Ari Fliakos
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 44 Min.
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"Steinhauer once again demonstrates his mastery in creating suspense.... Ari Fliakos calmly narrates while capturing colorfully the array of characters in this multilayered book." (Washington Post

In The Middleman, Olen Steinhauer, New York Times best-selling author of 10 titles, including The Tourist and The Cairo Affair, delivers a compelling portrait of a nation on the edge of revolution, and the deepest motives of the men and women on the opposite sides of the divide.  

One day in the early summer of 2017, about 400 people disappear from their lives. They leave behind cell phones, credit cards, jobs, houses, families - everything - all on the same day. Where have they gone? Why? The only answer, for weeks, is silence.  

Kevin Moore is one of them. Former military, disaffected, restless, Kevin leaves behind his retail job in San Francisco, sends a good-bye text to his mother, dumps his phone and wallet into a trash can, and disappears.  

The movement calls itself the Massive Brigade, and they believe change isn't coming fast enough to America. But are they a protest organization, a political movement, or a terrorist group? What do they want? The FBI isn't taking any chances. Special Agent Rachel Proulx has been following the growth of left-wing political groups in the US since the fall of 2016, and is very familiar with Martin Bishop, the charismatic leader of the Massive Brigade. But she needs her colleagues to take her seriously in order to find these people before they put their plan - whatever it is - into action.  

What Rachel uncovers will shock the entire nation, and the aftermath of her investigation will reverberate through the FBI to the highest levels of government.  

©2018 Third State, Inc. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"The Middleman is smart and entertaining and consistently intriguing" (New York Times Book Review)

"The Middleman, with its abundance of multidimensional characters and political viewpoints, is a thought-provoking novel that never ceases to excite as a thriller." (Wall Street Journal)  

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  • 14.03.2019

Forgettable

I've been a fan of Olen Steinhauer works since I found the Tourist in a second hand book store by sheer luck.

Here's why I think the Middleman is a forgettable book:
1. The story is full of modern day cliches and stereotypes.
2. The book romanticises and endorses far left-agenda with the typical "this time we do it right"-mentality.
3. The characters and dialogues were mostly annoying. Sometimes I felt like sitting in a classroom being lectured by students who read for the first time "Das Kapital".

I think that Steinhauer really missed the opportunity to write a dark, gritty exciting story for a mature audience. As him living in Budapest I thought that being distant from the US would prevent him from falling into this moralising, political-correct, good vs. evil, "DT is not my President"- hysteria.

Still I'm looking forward to Olen Steinhauers next book.