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Man in the Middle
Chuck rated it liked it Feb 17, His book manages to describe what was a financially successful life but was personally heart-wrenching. Brian Haig does a wonderful job of story telling. Jan 22, Dotty rated it liked it Shelves: Other books in the series. I love the Sean Drummond character series by Brian Haig. The Sean Drummond character is excellent.

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And a great ending will make you wish there were a dozen more books to read! Haig is a master of his art, to be certain. He has a satirical way of expressing himself, a la Nelson DeMille, which adds to the seriousness of the story and makes it that much easier to read. Anyone interested in the JAG Corps will enjoy the earlier books in the series and those who like more investigation and less law will enjoy these latter books in the series.

While I lament the end for now of the Drummond series, I know Haig has branched out to pen some excellent stand-alones and is about to engage in a powerful series with another excellent author, Vince Flynn.

These will surely also be great reads, which I shall add to my list. You have a great gift! Dec 06, Dazz rated it it was ok. There's an inherent beartrap when an author tries to capture the nuances of the "shadier side of Washington," CIA conspiracies, circles within circles, betrayals heaped upon deception, and tries to keep the reader guessing.

Ultimately you can finish up with something so convoluted, that nothing makes sense. Yes, people are complicated, politicians and I imagine spies even more so. Their morals are questionable, and their motivations are often at odds with the public good. So sure, I can well im There's an inherent beartrap when an author tries to capture the nuances of the "shadier side of Washington," CIA conspiracies, circles within circles, betrayals heaped upon deception, and tries to keep the reader guessing.

So sure, I can well imagine them going to extreme lengths to achieve their goals. I can even accept them being human and making mistakes, and that their character and environment can imbue them with a propensity to habitually equivocate and prevaricate. But ultimately they do things for a reason, and the knack of a good storyteller is to pull all the disparate threads together, so that the average reader will eventually conclude "oh, ok, I understand now.

It also doesn't help when you have a hero, who whilst flawed, is also supposed to be sharp and insightful, and yet in this book is portrayed as a complete rube, bumbling his way through the story like an afterthought or piece of colour. Sep 08, Nick Brett rated it really liked it. You feel this was a deeply personal book for the author based on his genuine experience and knowledge.

When a defence contractor appears to have committed suicide, newly promoted Lieutenant Colonel Sean Drummond is asked to take a look. Given Drummond is seconded to the CIA there is obviously an intelligence concern. Drummond ends up working with a female from the military police and together they work out that the suicide might actually be murder.

To further complicate things, the dead contracto You feel this was a deeply personal book for the author based on his genuine experience and knowledge. To further complicate things, the dead contractor may have been involved in something much deeper that may have taken the US into Iraq under false pretences.

I enjoyed this as I have all the Drummond novels and would have no hesitation in recommending them, but this one does make you think.

I appreciate that there are some reviews that suggest the author is lecturing the reader, but I see it more as educating the reader and explaining elements of the Middle East and the relationships between differing Muslim factions. Considering when this book as written and the current situation in the Middle East it has certainly provided me with additional perspective.

But this is a thriller and I also enjoyed it just on that front. Apr 12, Lorin Cary rated it liked it. The plot revolves around the question of whether or not the US was deceived to invade Iraq by an Iraqui, Charabi, who hopes to replace Hussein as leader of the country, In the process the why of the murder unfolds.

The novel has its moments of tension and Drummond is an interesting character with edges, as is the Army major he's tossed together with, the attractive Bian Tran. There is an excellent brief explanation of Sunni-Shia differences, as well as some interesting presentations of an Arab perspective of the US.

Descriptions of the result of terrorist actions are vivid. I thought, however, that the story needed paring down; some sharper editing would beef up the action and strengthen the story line. The conclusion is in narrative as Drummond figures out what transpired; it's a long effort and not entirely satisfactory, for me. Jul 28, Robert Enzenauer rated it it was amazing. Brian Haig is maturing very quickly as an author, and this latest effort is clearly his best.

LTC Drummond is still an excellent wise-cracker, and Haig has again linked Drummond with an alluring female. This time, however, it is not another attorney or a law-school classmate, but an exotic West Point graduate just returned from the combat zone. Haig also convincingly describes the dysfunctional cooperation between the DOD, the CIA, and the FBI that was allegeldly fixed with the asignment of an " Brian Haig is maturing very quickly as an author, and this latest effort is clearly his best.

Haig also convincingly describes the dysfunctional cooperation between the DOD, the CIA, and the FBI that was allegeldly fixed with the asignment of an "intelligence czar. LTC Drummond waxes poetic, describing some excellent advice that he got from his career military dad. Of all of Brian Haig's books, I hope that this quickly becomes an action movie really soon.

I also sincerely hope that readers do not have to wait another 18 months for the sequel. Mar 05, Gerald rated it really liked it Shelves: Initially tasked with investigating an apparent suicide which suspiciously looks like a murder, he soon finds himself with a female partner heading to Iraq to investigate related aspects involving treason and terrorism.

This leads to most surprising suspects at the highest levels of both the U. LtCol Drummond faces harrowing circumstances which not only challenge his ethics but his very life o Protagonist Sean Drummond is a Army lawyer on temporary assignment to the CIA. LtCol Drummond faces harrowing circumstances which not only challenge his ethics but his very life on numerous occasions. At times it seems that he cannot trust his own boss any more than he can trust the enemy.

This is an exciting tale with many twists and turns and a most unexpected ending. I enjoyed it a lot. Feb 21, Gary Stewart rated it really liked it. I really like the plots of these books even tho the "smartalecky-talk" I bet his parents hated listening to this all of the time, altho, perhaps Alexander was never around to listen to his son. It was well hidden to me until something raised suspicion about half way thru the book that it might be Bian Tran. His apparent understanding of all things military in Iraq and all things CIA in the US may just be imagined but they sound authe I really like the plots of these books even tho the "smartalecky-talk" His apparent understanding of all things military in Iraq and all things CIA in the US may just be imagined but they sound authentic so, I guess, what difference does it make.

Nov 09, Vinay Badri rated it really liked it. Yet another strong episode in the lives and times of Sean Drummond. The trappings are similar - a dead body, inklings of an overarching conspiracy and an alluring, sexy, intellectually capable female co-lead for Sean. Despite familiar trappings, this has to be the strongest and the most controversial one given that it takes on the Iraq war and the excuses behind it. Brian Haig's feeling behind the war find its way through his proxy in Sean and its thankfully not a blatant message but conveyed qui Yet another strong episode in the lives and times of Sean Drummond.

Brian Haig's feeling behind the war find its way through his proxy in Sean and its thankfully not a blatant message but conveyed quite naturally as the story flows and the conspiracy unraveled. Dec 11, Shelley rated it liked it. Dispatched to investigate the suicide of one of DC's most influential defense 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 greates Dispatched to investigate the suicide of one of DC's most influential defense 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.

Now, Drummond faces the greatest moral quandry of his life: What is the true meaning of patriotism? Mar 06, Kay Miller rated it it was amazing. I love the Sean Drummond character series by Brian Haig. I think there are six of them all together. Sean is a JAG lawyer for "special circumstances" so he only handles special cases. His character is funny and stubborn, but usually does the right thing. He also has a way of making everybody he works with mad and is a major headache for his boss.

His boss tends to lend him out to other agencies as much as possible just to get rid of him. If you love books about lawyers and their cases you will l I love the Sean Drummond character series by Brian Haig. If you love books about lawyers and their cases you will love these books. Nov 03, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: This person's review says it all: Two and half stars -- it DID entertain me, but still Mar 12, David rated it liked it.

I was torn between a three or four with this book until the author had to explain what I had read in the last chapter or two The dialogue often got bogged down for entirely too long with investigative questioning.

The humor and wit of Sean was great as usual, but felt the overall story got deeper and mired into a complexity that was not desirable from this readers perspective. May 05, Lee rated it really liked it. This was my first Sean Drummond main character book. The character was good but a little overboard cocky and wise cracking at times.

It was an interesting setting and the author wanted to use the story to educate people about the different factions in Iraq. It is already a little dated but I found it helpful to understand some geo-political dynamics while enjoying a good murder mystery. I will read another Sean Drummond book and see how the author handles the character and story.

Jan 27, Robin Smith rated it it was ok. A dull and repetitive entry in the Sean Drummond series which I would have stopped reading about a third of the way in if not for the fact I have read the other books in the series. Sadly, the ending did not make the journey worthwhile. I love the character, but the author spent far too much time pontificating about the Iraq War and too little time on plot. The less said about the ending particularly in the context of the series the better.

As always a very good story. The Sean Drummond character is excellent. Brian Haig does a wonderful job of story telling. I have read all the Sean Drummond books I hope he continues the series. Carl Clause Sean Drummond character is excellent. I have read all the Sean Drummond books and I hope he continues the series. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Since retiring from duty and has been a special advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now runs a large Helicopter company.

Why rated so highly? Because he's a fat gay low-bullshit atheist nerd who likes Star Trek and doesn't think basketball is the most important thing evar. And having heard him speak, the book is definitely in his voice. Amaechi if you wrote it yourself. Review now enhanced with real quotes from Amaechi's presentation.

Not found in the book! This is pure bonus material! It's like repeating the rantings of a toddler People with anachronistic views should not be allowed to prosper The meteor is coming pause for them. I think it's an incredibly weird thing to be asked by strangers about the size of one's body parts.

That's not good, but it helps me get by. Oct 07, Melanee rated it liked it Recommends it for: Amaechi has some good insight into the world of sports and the NBA. He also has some intelligent points about politics, the war and class issues in the US. Lots of patting himself on the back. Came out after he was in the NBA. Maybe could have made a bigger difference if he came out while he was still playing.

Amaechi shares his road to the NBA as an awkward, overweight, English kid and then into the basketball powerhouse he became. Ok, not really but the dude made it to the big s Ok light read. Ok, not really but the dude made it to the big show so he was at least fundamentally good.

Interesting insight also from a black, gay man in the hyper-masculine world of sports. Lots of typos in this book. I felt like I was reading a proof. Sep 20, Jessica rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Ok, so John Amaechi is gay, and he plays basketball. But in view of everything that goes on in this book, those two factors seem pretty insignificant.

It's a great story about getting where you want to be without losing your integrity, and without major interruption from all the bullshit that lesser people might have in store for you. It also paints a more hopeful picture than you might think about some players in the NBA- here you have a 6'10" ex-fat-kid-earl-grey-drinking-erasure-listening-exe Ok, so John Amaechi is gay, and he plays basketball.

It also paints a more hopeful picture than you might think about some players in the NBA- here you have a 6'10" ex-fat-kid-earl-grey-drinking-erasure-listening-exercise hating-Brit who managed to find some genuinely wonderful people who appreciated him on and off the court even if they knew his whole story.

It reads like candy but satisfies like a meal. Feb 02, kwain rated it really liked it. The book gave a interesting look into the personal life of the man behind the basketball. This is a person who I feel through his characture, personality and commitment, deserves all the good that life has to offer. I was impressed with his focus and determination to stay the course he set for himself, inspite of the obsticles and personal sacrifices he would have to indore in order to reach his goals.

After reading his book, I'm a bigger fan of the man. Oct 18, Farrah rated it really liked it. This was pretty good. He is an interesting person and reading about his life in England as a child and how he got into basketball was enjoyable. He didn't spend a lot of time in the NBA to really dish, but of course it was fun to read about the Jazz and some of the other teams he played with.

Overall, it was a really quick, enjoyable read for anyone that's interested in what it must be like to be a gay professional athlete.

Oct 12, Caitlyn K rated it really liked it Recommended to Caitlyn by: I'm currently reading, and just picked this up after meeting Amaechi during a Coming Out Day event, though I was vaguely acquainted with his story prior to meeting him. There's a place on every bookshelf for a good biography, and this book isn't only relevant to sports players and gay people though I highly recommend Amaechi's story to any GLBT person, because he is becoming a real figurehead for the GLBT rights movement, and has an inspiring story to share.

Jan 27, Dale Stonehouse rated it liked it. The part I liked best was when he saw all the non-gay NBA players preening themselves in the locker room after games and wondered about the stereotype that gays are more concerned with how they look than "normal" people.

His perspective and sense of humor about being gay in the macho world of pro sports, and not insignificantly, his view as a non-US native, were informative. Feb 08, Kayla rated it it was ok. I enjoyed learning about the struggles of making it in the NBA. The parts about European basketball which were most of the book bored me.

I also thought that Amaechi being gay in the NBA would have been more of the focus of the book but it wasn't. It was basically the story of anyone trying to make it big in the NBA except Amaechi didn't really have a love life. Oct 03, Nancy rated it really liked it. A fantastic book written by a fantantic man.

This book is much more than a basketball book. Amaechi is poignant, candid and witty. His life story is amazing and inspiring. Apr 23, Jeffrey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: His book is honest, frank and brave given the climate in which he had to work. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in living your own life and being true yourself, above all else.

A very good read. Aug 23, AL rated it it was amazing. I read this book last year and from what I can remember it was a very inspiring book. John is like many, I have not doubt, in the the national spot light unconditionally required to hide his sexuality. Oct 23, Gavin Otteson rated it liked it Recommends it for: I was truly surprised by the interesting life story of Amaechi and how well those stories were told the the reader in "Man in the Middle.

Dec 29, David rated it really liked it. He is truly a great role model. Apr 11, Chi rated it liked it Recommends it for: Jan 22, Dotty rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 12, Rich rated it really liked it. A book that will be missed by most, but should be read by more.

Oct 12, Jessi rated it liked it. Mar 06, Ryann rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: An engaging story, and exceedingly well written. I read it cover to cover. I'm left feeling as though I made a new friend. Eileen rated it really liked it Apr 16, Garrett Burnett rated it liked it Oct 05, Luciano rated it liked it Apr 28, Andy C rated it it was amazing Oct 23, Julie Perkins rated it really liked it Aug 30,


Man in the Middle [John Amaechi] on wow-cataclysm-guides.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Man in the Middle chronicles John Amaechi s extraordinary journey from awkward, overweight English lad to jet-setting NBA star.4/5(35). In Man in the Middle, the scene is the post-war days in Iraq, the messy circumstances facing the US Army with terrorists attacks and fumbled US politic as portrays by Phyllis his CIA boss and her superiors/5(). Quotes from Man In The Middle “stereotypes are such dangerous stuff; they narrow your frame of mind, and shape your reference and behavior.” — 1 likes “Men have two brains in constant warfare over the body’s blood supply.4/5.