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Midnight Sun [Kindle Edition]

Basil Sands
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Amazon #1 Bestseller in Thrillers, Action, War and Spies/Espionage

“Basil Sands is one awesome writer, penning stories pumped with enough adrenaline that you’ll suffer from insomnia until you read the last word. This is one writer not to be missed.” Jeremy Robinson, author of PULSE and INSTINCT

Never Upset Your Best Hit Man.

Kharzai Ghiassi. The best infiltration agent they've ever had. Death is not just his business, death is his life. When his controller botches a mission that results in the loss of the only thing he cares about Kharzai vanishes off their radar, and now all the CIA knows is that someone is in serious danger.

When a former soccer star turned Islamic terrorist shows up in Anchorage Alaska, retired Marine Corps Special Operator Marcus 'Mojo' Johnson and his wife Alaska State Trooper Lonnie team up with the FBI’s Mike & Hilde Farris to put a stop to the threat that hangs over the city like a hammer about to fall. No one is safe. No on can hide in the Land of The Midnight Sun.


"Sands is fearless in his storytelling, and tireless in his quest to connect directly with his audience." - Scott Sigler, NYT Bestselling Author of Infected, Contagious and Ancestor

"Basil Sands has a knack for blending action and intrigue in an all-too realistic setting. I just hope there are heroes like Basil's heroes fighting on our side." - Evo Terra, Founder of

˃˃˃ Cover art created by Anders Nyman at Brun Media,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147837764X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sandman Productions of Alaska (9 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VJSOR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #459,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor 14 Dec. 2012
By kcanti
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It opend on my kindle with about 2 words per line and 1 inch gap between lines, no matter how small i made the font and line spacing it didnt work, dont waste your money on this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 25 Nov. 2012
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Midnight Sun was my first foray into the books of Basil Sands, and was thoroughly enjoyable. The Mystery/Thriller genre is where my heart lies, and I'm always eager to try a new (to me)author.

It was an interesting change to find the main action taking place in Alaska, and I found the characters of Marcus and Lonnie very believable. I felt Lonnie's frustration in not being able to do as much as she wanted, being held back by the fact that she was eight months pregnant.

I liked the fact that all the way through the story, you couldn't quite work out just which side Kharzai was on as he was forever popping up when you least expected him to, helping the good guys when required. He was constantly 'running with the fox and hunting with the hounds' which made him a bit of a mystery.

The main 'terrorists' were quite an unlikeable bunch, which is just how they should be. I couldn't bring myself to feel any sympathy for Farrah, even though he had lost his parents in such a cruel way. the local thugs they hired to carry out the lesser tasks required all managed to meet their maker in a bloodthirsty way, but even so, it wasn't too gory to read.

I read this book in two hits, which is why I gave it four stars (a 5* is finished in one hit). I can happily recommend it to other Mystery/Thriller readers, and am now ready to go onto my next Sands book, 65 Below.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Yarn 24 Aug. 2012
By Jonathon K - Published on
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Midnight Sun is a decent thriller. It offers non-stop action from start to finish.

The start is actually a highpoint of the book. The first chapter is extremely well-written, compelling, gut-wrenching, and offers some dynamite literally tension for the rest of the novel.

The setting is interesting, too. Not many books seem to be set in Anchorage, but the author does a good job of giving a feel of the city without resorting to a tour guide monologue. The setting provided a nice backdrop to the story without getting in the way.

One point I really liked is that the main antagonists were well-developed. They may be baddies, but there was a logical and believable reason for their feelings and what they wanted to do.

There were some nice turns of phrase, too. I laughed out loud at the "Darth Visor," what the author called the huge visor/hats worn by some middle-aged Korean women.

While there was a lot to like about the book, there were some other areas in which I thought it could be improved. One of my biggest problems was in the huge number of coincidences which took place seemingly every time I clicked the page forward on my Kindle. Some were essential to the plotline, and you have to give the author leeway on that. But others were essentially gratuitous and offered nothing to the plot. One example of that was when one character was standing in a crowd next to another, and out of the blue, they start talking about soccer, and the one character played soccer in the UK with the brother of the other. This was unnecessary, and when added to characters being on-hand at accident scenes where others were filmed, characters just happening by when something serious was occurring, and just the right people with certain needed skills spotting the baddies by happenstance, well, it all got to be a little much. (If some of that was vague, that was to avoid spoilers.)

The "minor" baddies were not so well developed as the major ones. All were cardboard cutouts. One, called "Bones," was evil incarnate. To make this point, he was characterized as being a child rapist and murderer, a man who although was kicked out of the Marines for taking "war trophies," somehow still had those trophies in the form of finger bones around his neck.

Lonnie, the wife of Marcus, one of the primary protagonist, is an Alaskan State Trooper. In the course of the few days covered by the book, just about everything bad which could happen to someone, happens to her. Luckily for her, though, there are men around who can rescue her in the nick of time, even if she is a competent police officer. I found all of this to be just too much, as if it was an excuse to throw in more action.

Editing was good for most of the book, but it went downhill over the last 15% or so. There were some pretty major errors in sentence construction, word choice, and punctuation.

There were a few questionable decisions (why name a Korean woman "Suki," for example? Sure, Suki Kim is a known author, but the name means "beloved" in Japanese, so wouldn't a Korean name be less jarring?) But I had more problems with the references to the Marines, which is surprising as the author served in the Corps. Things such as describing the sound of a 60 mm mortar were off, and the simple referencing of past service was inaccurate (e.g., Marines who served in Force Reconnaissance do not refer to it as "Force Recon" with each other, but rather as "Force," as in "I was with 1st Force.") And there was a major mistake with another Marine who was wounded after 18 years of service. He lost his retirement and was only given a 70% disability from the VA. However, if he was given the VA disability, he would have received a medical retirement from the Corps at 70%, tax-free, not the 50% taxable retirement he would have received had he done 20 full years. But what really bothered me was the constant pushing that many of the characters served with "Special Operations" in the Corps, snooping and pooping on clandestine missions around the world. In reality, the Marines as a matter of policy decided not to participate in the special operations theater. While a few individual Marines served a tour within the special operations community, Force and Battalion Recon were there to support Marine Corps missions, not to take part in special ops missions. It was only recently that the last Commandant decided that the Marines needed to be part of special ops. It would have been far more reasonable to have Army Special Forces and Navy SEALs (not "Seals," as in this book--the phrase is an acronym) be the branches for some of the characters.

There is a lot to like about the book. I did enjoy reading it. And while some of the things that bothered me were perhaps essential to the storyline, much of what bothered me could have been easily fixed. Regardless, I still recommend the book to anyone considering downloading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced - can't put it down 28 Dec. 2012
By Ted - Published on
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It was like part II of "65 below" with the main characters continuing with their roles. In typical Sands style, the terrorist plot unwinds with surprises around every chapter. I liked how the characters from "65 below" remained true to their character as it made the reader "comfortable"; like returning to old friends even though this was a totally new adventure. Good read, recommend it.
3.0 out of 5 stars The overall story was a fun read, but I am kind of weary of ... 21 Oct. 2014
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Not a marine, nor do I know one, but I found some of the over the top military stuff just a little unrealistic. The overall story was a fun read, but I am kind of weary of the invincible super heroes everyone wants to create. When real heroes are held up against such, they are found wanting, and that makes me sad. There are so many valiant, courageous men and women who serve without superhuman abilities and are judged by media and the public as worthy of scorn.

Found the author's female secret service character right on the money as the recent scandals continue to unfold at that government agency. Kind of sad, really.

In reality, not all good people are all good, nor are all bad people all bad. It is fun to imagine that our side wins every fight because we have truth and justice on our side. Reality is different. Ordinary, fallible people are often our biggest heroes. Still a good little story, so have a read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars inexperienced author. 24 Oct. 2014
By Tim McCarthy - Published on
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Unbelievable story, I spent far too much time trying to figure out characters who were not relevant to the story line. Story line?
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and quick read 9 Nov. 2014
By Anymouse - Published on
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Excellent character development and setting descriptions without going overboard. That seems to be a difficult balance for many authors to achieve. Here you get drawn in, the story moves along quite rapidly, and the next thing you know you've reached the end. Some of the character timing requires a bit of suspended disbelief, but that isn't uncommon for this type of story and it is offset by other characters being quite human. A very enjoyable read.
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