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Brian Haig
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24 May 2007

Despatched to investigate the suicide of one of DC's most influential defence officials - an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq - Drummond and his female partner find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Washington's most influential power brokers and his own personal allegiance to the soldiers dying overseas. What he uncovers are the secrets that led to the war, secrets that once exposed would destroy public support and undermine the presidency.

Now, Drummond faces the greatest moral quandary of his life: What is the true meaning of patriotism?

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Warner US (24 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446530565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446530569
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"A sizzling thriller...the mouthy lawyer with the susceptible heart is as good as the genre offers."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on THE PRESIDENT'S ASSASSIN --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Ripped from today's headlines, Army lawyer Sean Drummond is caught between duty to Washington's elite and the soldiers in Iraq.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of this, please! 30 Mar 2011
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I don't understand why now Haig is creating stand alone novels that nobody really likes, whereas the Drummond series is (was?) such an entertaining and satisfying production.

The author's excuse is that the last Sean Drummond episode didn't sell too well, so he's now writing stand alone books and possibly, in the near future, even co-authoring novels with -- godforbid -- Vince Flynn (see his mediocre American Assassin etc... aggressively boooooring-g-g-g!)

This, then, being the delinquent Drummond episode in the series, presumably the one that didn't sell too well.... I'm flabbergasted! I think this book is brilliant, exceedingly great, utterly remarkable, a combination of action, wit and wisdom -- ingredients not easily found within the current genre. Haig is a master of fast-pacing, suspense, wisecracking, political/legal intrigue and a page-turner of the 1st degree. For instance, how about this episode's twisted plot half in the US and half in Iraq, where Sean finds himself in deep navigating the shadowy minds and motivations of American intelligence agencies and deviant Arab spooks? Super fun, although at times disquietingly real.

That being said, I beg the author to shelve away any further plans for stand-alone novels, and instead to continue pleasing his many, many readers with the continuing adventures and mishaps of Colonel Sean Drummond.

Pretty please?
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I have read all of Brian Haig's books and enjoyed them so this was an easy choice to buy.
As with the previous book the main character is Sean Drummond a former special forces soldier turned lawyer. Before you stop reading this and move on, he isn't your typical former special forces soldier, he's very human. He doesn't kill 30 people in the first page just using his Iphone stylus. He is totally different from all of those other invincible characters from Brad Thor and Vince Flynn books.
He has been tasked to work with the CIA and trusts none of his colleagues (for good reason it seems). He ends up investigating what could either be a murder or a suicide in Washington and then the story takes him to the middle east. He teams up with a US army MP and they chase around trying to solve the crime. I won't relate the plot as that would ruin reading the book.
The characters are very well developed. Sean is very cynical, lazy and funny and he's the sort of person who if you sat next to at a dinner party you wouldn't end up talking to anyone else.
The book is exciting, interesting and very funny and there are plenty of twists and turns. It was one of those rare books where I started to slow down reading nearer the end, not because I wasn't enjoying it but I didn't want it to finish. By reading it more slowly it lasted longer.
If you are looking for a dumb superhero who kills everything in his path, don't bother reading this but if you enjoy reading great books with an interesting and credible plot with real characters then you won't go wrong with this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Briand Hague latest 6 Jan 2010
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Been looking forward to this for a while but its not as good as his previous books, still worth a read though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whew, what a great read. 27 Dec 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on
Sean Drummond is back, with a new rank and a new assignment, however his cynical attitude remains the same.

At the scene of what readily appears to be the suicide of a shadowy member of Washington's intelligence industry, Drummond meets a gorgeous U.S. Military Police Investigator Bian Tran. Closer examination of the scene, the body and the effects left at the scene, clue the two investigators that more is behind the death than a simple suicide of a man about to be exposed as one of the catalysts that sent the U.S. to war in Iraq.

After thorough examination of the crime scene and in-depth questioning of the victim's wife, Tran and Drummond surmise the victim was murdered, but forces above their pay grade in the Pentagon and State Department are blocking all attempts to call it anything but a suicide. Frustrated by this, Drummond finds himself in front of his own superiors, who lay out the case's intricacies in order to rein in their investigation. It all seems to begin and end with the next Prime Minister of Iraq, an ex-patriot before the war, now the most powerful man in the country, who may have switched sides and is now in bed with Iran.

Here begins an odyssey that takes Tran and Drummond to Iraq and into the deep, dark depths of U.S. operations inside the beleaguered country. As they peel away the layers of deception put up to stop them, the two investigators and the in-country soldiers and spooks tasked to assist them, encounter one deviation after another. Drummond perceives he's being set up, for what he cannot tell, but it's coming and he's powerless to stop it. Nefarious deals and random killings are a part of life in Iraq--and he is in the thick of it.

Brain Haig is able to recreate the dust, dirt and grit of Iraq as only a person that has been there can do. The deception and callous expenditure of life both inside and outside of the world's intelligence agencies is recreated into a story that hooks you from the start and keeps you reading to the end.

Armchair Interviews says: Well-set-up thrills and chills.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haig surpasses himself 2 Jan 2007
By Michael S. Grollman - Published on
It is 2004. The United States military is bogged down in a supposedly liberated Iraq trying to keep the nation from collapsing into all-out civil war. M eanwhile, back in Washington, Clifford Daniels - one of the architects of that war of liberation - has died under rather mysterious circumstances and Sean Drummond, Army JAG attorney on loan to the CIA's Office of Special Projects, is tasked with seeing exactly where the evidence surrounding Daniels' death may lead...And, as Drummond's luck would have it, it leads him to Baghdad's Green Zone and a tangled web of deceit and deadly lies.

It is not hyerpbole to state that there is not likely to be a work of fiction this year that will be as timely or, in many ways, as heartbreaking as Brian Haig's Man in the Middle. There is a saying that sometimes the only way to speak truth is through fiction and Brian Haig, within the framework of a crackling-good murder mystery, shines a bright and sometimes harsh light on some of the ugly truthes of war in general and this war in particular.

Without a single polemical word - or even once breaking stride from his breakneck plot - Haig shows us how the noble motives that led the United States into Iraq quickly unraveled due to lack of clear objectives and proper planning in support of same and how the price of such folly is paid with the blood of too many young men and women.

With each successive novel, Brian Haig grows more and more impressive as a storyteller and now, with Man in the Middle, he tells not only a whale of a good story, but an important one as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Everybody involved in this thing had an agenda." 15 Feb 2007
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
Brian Haig's "Man in the Middle" is Army Lieutenant Colonel Sean Drummond, an attorney for the Judge Advocate General Corps who is temporarily assigned to the CIA. Sean's boss wants him to investigate the death of a Defense Department civil servant named Clifford Daniels. The circumstances of Daniels' death are not clear-cut; he either took his own life or was murdered by a clever killer with a knowledge of forensics. Working with Drummond is Major Bian Tran, a member of the Military Police Corp. Tran is a beautiful and exotic woman as well as a tough soldier who completed a tour of combat duty in Iraq. Although Bian and Sean are physically attracted to one another, they develop a prickly and somewhat competitive relationship. Before long, it becomes apparent that Cliff Daniels was just one part of an intricate puzzle with many ugly elements, including espionage, ruthless ambition, betrayal, and treason.

Haig, a former special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offers compelling background information and insightful perspective about the bloody conflict in Iraq. The author understands military matters, the workings of government bureaucracies, and the social, cultural, and religious problems plaguing the Persian Gulf. However, "Man in the Middle" is a flawed work of fiction. At four hundred and fifty pages, it is bloated novel with too much stilted banter and long-winded explanations that slow down the book's momentum considerably. It takes Haig a few hundred pages to rev up his plot, and only extremely patient readers will want to stick around for the finale. The characters are, with one or two exceptions, one-dimensional and poorly developed. To his credit, Haig delivers an exciting climax with some nifty twists that culminate in a fairly satisfying resolution. However, "Man in the Middle" earns only a marginal recommendation; it needed better editing and a tighter, more focused plot.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Drummond is back in full glory!!! 1 Mar 2007
By Socrates - Published on
Sean Drummond is back. And he is mouthier, funnier, and more arrogant than ever before. As any other Brian Haig's novel, Drummond is the main protagonist, battling global conspiracies, bureaurcrats, and his own tendency to always get in the middle of everything, i.e. trouble.

Man in the Middle is not only entertaining, but also shows innate understanding of the American army workings; knowledge of the Middle Eastern region and cultures, as well as great narrative.

I am amazed at how real Brian Haig makes Drummond, with all his flaws, insight, and moral principle. If you like a good story teller and a good narrative, Man in the Middle will not disappoint you!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 100 Pages 2-Long 13 Jun 2007
By L. Cary - Published on
Had to force myself though the first 100 pages. The plot line is as convoluted as the Iraq War. I'm thinking that was the real agenda of the book: Iraq is a complex mess, and here's a mystery novel with it as the setting to match. Okay. But look, I know that already, and I don't need to be pounded with it in my leisure hours when I want read a mystery novel.
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