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The Night Ranger

A John Wells Novel

By Alex Berenson

The Night Ranger
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2013,
    400 pages.

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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.

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"Taut prose, plausible action, and plenty of plot surprises ensure another winner for this perennial bestseller." - Publishers Weekly

"Berenson gives readers top-notch, fast-paced excitement in a part of the world unfamiliar to many Americans. [John Wells] is a worthy hero readers can count on." - Kirkus

"Maybe another No. 1 New York Times best seller for Berenson." - Library Journal

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Alex Berenson Author Biography

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Alex Berenson was born in New York in 1973 and grew up in Englewood, N.J. After graduating from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics, he joined the Denver Post as a reporter. In 1996, he became one of the first employees at TheStreet.com, the groundbreaking financial news website.

In 1999, he joined The New York Times. At the New York Times, he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina; in 2003 and 2004, he served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq, an experience that led him to write The Faithful Spy, his debut novel, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel.

He has now written seven John Wells novels and one work of non-fiction, The Number. He left the New York Times in 2010 to devote himself ...

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