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The Night Ranger

Book 7, A John Wells Novel

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When four young volunteers in Kenya decide to take a break from working at a Somali refugee camp, they pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. But they get more than they bargained for when they are kidnapped. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages.

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 and the White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia. Wells has a unique ability to go undercover and stir things up, 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 10, 2012 – The chaos of East Africa and the complex realities of relief efforts in that region form the backdrop for Edgar-winner Berenson s gripping seventh thriller featuring ex-CIA agent John Wells (after 2012 s The Shadow Patrol). Wells s estranged son, Evan, who views his father as a professional vigilante at best, a war criminal at worst, calls for help after 23-year-old aid worker Gwen Murphy, a friend s sister, is kidnapped in Kenya. Murphy, who had been working in a refugee camp, was abducted with three colleagues, including the nephew of James Thompson, head of WorldCares/ChildrenFirst, the NGO running the refugee camp. Wells, who agrees to do what he can, taps an ally in the Company for assistance. Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate based in Somalia, has infiltrated the refugee camps across the border where WorldCares is operating. Taut prose, plausible action, and plenty of plot surprises ensure another winner for this perennial bestseller.

Customer Reviews

Good story, but not the Wells I imagined

If you've liked the John Wells series, you're probably going to like this one, too. The storyline is full of potential and the East Africa setting adds a lot. The story limps as it finishes up, with loose ends left dangling. The author inexplicably has Wells packaging up a spin story that depends on some twenty-somethings reaching a lifelong agreement. This is not the Wells I imagined.

The Night Ranger

An excellent book, easy to read, easy to understand and follow characters. The story line moves along with very few slow spots and many surprises. I'm looking forward to the next book.

Night Ranger

Superb & timely. Very well structured. Good character development for the length. Highly recommend.

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The Night Ranger
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Feb 12, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 7, A John Wells Novel
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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