The Middleman

The Middleman

Large Print - 2018
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Traces the rise and fall of a terrorist group from the perspectives of an FBI agent, an undercover agent, a convert, and a writer.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432859060
1432859064
Branch Call Number: LT FICTION STEIN...O
Characteristics: 563 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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kmre_37
May 02, 2019

Slow starting, very boring storyline & too many characters to follow !

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csut2
Jan 11, 2019

Very interesting start. Then slows down.

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capitalcity
Jan 08, 2019

Full credit to Olen Steinhauer for his astuteness in illuminating, albeit in subtle fashion, that it's all about the money. In his novel The Middleman, the Plains Capital and IfW inquiry may receive only fleeting tertiary commentary, but money laundering is the avenue for control of society. Everything else is misdirection, collateral noise to keep peasant rabble from focusing on the fact that as long as supranational Brahmins successfully cloak money flows, and digitally control one's access to money (outlaw cash; fintech is the future), then revolutionary gauleiters, street rioters, anarchists, etc. are nowt but manifestations of smoke and mirrors, circus antics. 99% of the novel deals with the Massive Brigade machinations, but it's only the assassination, attempted and successful, of the legislators investigating the money laundering that has enduring consequence. Apparently unbeknownst to the self adulating Silicon Valley techies wrapped in missionary zeal, is that they are nothing more than unwitting mercenaries for globalist banksters, whose cadres of corrupt/co-opted politicians, regulators, shysters, predatory so-called law enforcers, main stream media shills, and corporate greedmeisters continually mesmerize, outwit and swindle a clueless, duped public.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Dec 19, 2018

Twisty, complex, smart -- everything we've come to expect in a Steinhauer, with the added bonus of being exceedingly timely. Very satisfying, and yet also clearly postioned for us to hear more about Special Agent Rachel Proulx.

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cougarmay
Dec 10, 2018

Brilliant storytelling with a message and method for effecting socio-political change in the USA. I enjoyed the story and wholeheartedly recommend the book in the "Tourist" series to all readers.

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enavazio
Dec 10, 2018

As stated above: "This stunning stand alone from the author of New York Times bestseller The Tourist, follows the people on all sides of a domestic terrorist group, from the group's converts to the FBI agents investigating them."

Steinhauer offers a "manifesto" on "peaceful civil protest" . . . which unfortunately gets contaminated and goes awry. The "beauty" and brilliance of Steinhauer's offering remains that it does offer a clever, thrilling, suspenseful story that can be meaningful for the "politically astute" who seek to change the political methodology.

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ati3414
Oct 28, 2018

Total rubbish

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segalmi
Sep 04, 2018

Olen Steinhauer is one of the best authors of our time and The Middleman is another proof of this. The book is a riveting fiction story tied closely to the current events of the world we live in. A must read that makes you think as much as it entertains.

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maucarden
Aug 07, 2018

Opening an Olen Steinhauer book is what I imagine opening a Tiffany’s gift box would be like, with joy, anticipation, and the smug satisfaction of being one of a lucky ones. Lucky comes because Steinhauer is too unknown. Maybe his TV show-Berlin Station will bring him the readership he deserves.
The Middleman returns Steinhauer, in spirit only, to the original stomping grounds of his police procedurals in an unnamed communist country. In those books, terror is mostly a product of the state, as is media control. There are also tiny pockets of resistance, sometimes only by individuals. In The Middleman the country is the United States, not some unnamed communist country. Also, this is not in some dystopian future, this is now.
One day, four hundred people walk away from their lives. The FBI knows a bit about the Massive Brigade, the group these people are joining. As the FBI does with many groups, even those not considered to be a threat, it has assigned S/A Rachel Proulx to monitor the group. With the disappearances, Proulx is suddenly given a much larger budget, a larger office and more people to work with. The Massive Brigade could be hot stuff! The end of the world as we know it, as certain media commentators would have us believe.
Maybe The Massive Brigade is hot stuff, because the world is most certainly changing and maybe the four hundred people of The Massive Brigade are enough to hold back the tide and make their own changes. Steinhauer is masterful in portraying “the what ares” and “the what ifs.”
Told by four major POV’s, The Middleman explores the motivations and the growth of those characters, including us on their journeys. The journeys sets the four antagonists on their separate dangerous paths, bringing them together at various times in surprising ways.
They are all pawns in a fascinating, topsy-turvy world, pawns just not in the United States but in Europe too.
Here is where I am disappointed, the diamond in my Tiffany box doesn’t fit, too large, maybe? The ending is just too convoluted. I had to read it twice, and even then I had questions. As a gift to Sheinhauer’s fans a character from a couple other books shows up to explain his role as a sort of deux ex machina.

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