The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer

The Middleman

New York Times bestselling author Olen Steinhauer's next sweeping espionage novel traces the rise and fall of a domestic left-wing terrorist group. Told from the individual perspectives of an FBI agent, an undercover agent within the group, a convert to the terrorist organization, and a writer on the edges of the whole affair, this is another tightly wound thriller, and an intimate exploration of the people behind the politics, from a master of s...

Details The Middleman

TitleThe Middleman
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Middleman

  • Mackey
    From the very first paragraph of The Middleman, I was hooked! This is a book that you should not begin reading unless you have time to read it all - at once - without stopping. It is an "unputdownable" page turning thriller! Generally I don't read books about the US government, FBI or CIA any longer. The truth in the world is too terrible and I don't like to see espionage glorified. However, the promise of a book that didn't sway too far one way ...
  • Darwin8u
    “That is why fiction existed, as a way to look at the world without being broken by it.” Olen Steinhauer, The MiddlemanI'm an Olen Steinhauer completist again. I keep hoping for Steinhauer to step up a level to John le Carré or even Don DeLillo, perhaps. Either one. But I think he is happy to stay close to Robert Harris level. Good spy fiction just not compelling literature. Seriously, I think Steinhauer has the talent but either just not th...
  • Zoe
    Intricate, fast-paced, and astute!The Middleman, the latest novel by Steinhauer, is an intriguing political thriller that takes you into the heart of American politics and immerses you in a story of left-wing ideology and the struggle to maintain morality and induce change without force in a world motivated by violence.The prose is descriptive and well paced. The characters are passionate, resourceful, and determined. And the plot is an engaging ...
  • Maureen Carden
    Opening an Olen Steinhauer book is what I imagine opening a Tiffany’s gift box would be like, with joy, anticipation, and the smug satisfaction of being one of a lucky ones. Lucky comes because Steinhauer is too unknown. Maybe his TV show-Berlin Station will bring him the readership he deserves.The Middleman returns Steinhauer, in spirit only, to the original stomping grounds of his police procedurals in an unnamed communist country. In those ...
  • Lou
    'The Middleman' is New York Times Bestselling author Olen Steinhauer's first book in his new 'Middleman' series and is another sweeping espionage thriller from a true master of the spy genre. This time the author has penned a book in which politics is heavily involved in the storyline. Although this was my first book by this author I have read widely within the espionage genre for many years.It's 2017 and summer has arrived in the United States o...
  • Jill Mackin
    A great story-line. An interesting and thought provoking novel.
  • Maine Colonial
    Thanks to the publisher for lending me a digital ARC via Netgalley.I started reading Olen Steinhauer’s books 15 years ago, with his Cold War-era novel, The Bridge of Sighs. I followed him through that series, then his Milo Weaver series and in recent years, his standalone books. I’ve always been surprised that Steinhauer hasn’t achieved a lot more recognition. He’s one of the most talented espionage writers we have today, with a real geni...
  • Cindy Burnett
    The Middleman is a timely book that focuses on politics and the difference in what the public knows and what is really happening. It is a thought-provoking tale especially in today’s political climate. Steinhauer writes beautifully, and the story, while not too fast-paced, certainly kept me engaged. The ending is not completely resolved which makes me think it must be the start of a new series. For those who love espionage, this is a good choic...
  • Faith
    This book has swirling loops of conspiracy theories. It also seems to introduce a new character on every other page. I thought it was convoluted, dull and full of people about whom I did not care. I also don't think that, given our current political debacle, this is a particularly good time to bash the credibility of the FBI. Since not all of the conspiracies are tidied up at the end of the book, I assume that a sequel is planned. I won't be read...
  • Steve
    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. And in the interest of transparency, Olen Steinhauer is one of my favorite authors.As I said in my review of Vandals, I had never really considered how the FBI or CIA would be working to cover the Antifa movement, although it makes perfect sense that this anarchist organization has been infiltrated by agents.This book was surprisingly accurate in its portrayal of our modern politica...
  • Jordan
    This was my first book by Olen Steinhauer, and it was a good one to start with! I am a big fan of thrillers, but this one had a different feel. I would classify this as a political thriller and as such, it had more moving parts. As a result of this, the pace was not what I would have expected from my usual thrillers; the complexity was greater and thus read slower; but not so slow as to lose the readers attention; The plot and suspense kept me re...
  • Paul
    Overall, The Middleman is an authentic, stand-out thriller that has had me thinking: How far will anyone go to ‘protect’ the American people... and themselves?Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, Minotaur Books, and Mr. Steinhauer for an advanced copy to review.Full review can be found here: check out all my reviews on my site:
  • David Putnam
    Steinhauer penned three of my favorite spy books, The Tourist, American Spy and Nearest Exit, excellent stories, great craft, great characters. Absolutely excellent books that I recommend to everyone who's interested in spy novels. But every book since then has not been even close to the same quality. I keep buying them thinking he'll get back to the same level of writing and story telling as in those three. He hasn't. The Middleman has far too m...
  • Barbara Senteney
    Great thrills, wonderful flow, however political thrillers, and also spies are not my favorite books. The writing is excellent and I think for many this would be a favorite, and get 5 star ratings.
  • Robert
    A timely novel mirroring the thinking of some fringe groups today in excruciating detail. A political cult recruits disaffected people, most of whom don't realize what they're signing on for. When they go too far the FBI cracks down on them. Then the storyline abruptly shifts to the internal struggles within both organizations.Eventually it morphs into a mystery novel centered around some unanswered questions. Lead investigator Rachel Proulx goes...
  • Rachel
    MehI can’t put my finger on what didn’t work. Maybe it’s just my current mood, but I was underwhelmed by the book and struggled to finish it. Part of the problem may be that it is a little too timely. I read to escape, and this felt like reading the newspaper. Trump and his cronies, the current state of the Republican Party, the entire political landscape of my beloved country, all terrify me. The news brings nothing but sadness and disappo...
  • Molly
    THE MIDDLEMAN Young people start disappearing. They leave behind their cell phones, credit cards, and all personal belongings. This was complex story involving the interactions between a radical leftist group and the FBI. The Massive Brigade was initially developed in Europe as a peaceful movement with Socialist leanings. But things go wrong, violent events happen, and the group is labeled as a terrorist organization.Rachel Proulx is the lead inv...
  • Jade
    The Middleman is pretty much what is happening today in real life with some real people whose names have been changed and then some made-up people who probably exist in real life anyway. Of course the plot isn’t real life but it’s so close to real life that everything seems 100% plausible… I mean The Middleman could technically be a leaked very secret classified FBI or CIA file for all we know… Anyway, The Middleman reads as a thriller an...
  • Ben
    Competently plotted, but the writing needs more personality.
  • Jay bookworm
    Thank you Minotaur Books and Goodreads for this advance reader edition. I enjoyed being thoroughly freaked out and worried that this could actually happen. Thanks for the amazingly vivid, “what could the world come to?” pontification. I think many of us are looking for a way to resolve what we see (in our millions of different viewpoints) as a world that isn’t living up to our expectations. In this book, a charismatic leader appeals to the ...
  • Shannon
  • Maja Lisa
    Olin Steinhauer's new thriller is a zeitgeisty look into the world of domestic terrorism and cult leadership. Special Agent Proulx leads the investigation in the disappearance of followers while the media speculates what Bishop’s group could be up to. What stands out to me most is that the writing is current and attuned to the current political climate. In this story, a political cult recruits fringe lunatics and disaffected people, who then en...
  • Helen
    I won this espionage novel in a Goodreads giveaway. I'd almost given up hope of receiving it when it finally arrived after almost 2 months of waiting.The beginning started off a bit too slow for me. I usually like a book to grab my interest in the first couple of chapters so I'll want to keep reading. It does pick up after you get to know a few of the characters better. If you are a fan of political thrillers, then this could be the book for you....
  • Linda
    This is a complex thriller that engages from the first page. Mr. Steinhauer begins by introducing several characters in several locations who don't really seem to be connected. Quickly the reader is pulled into a mysterious, yet plausible, world where events seem to be grabbed from real-life headlines. On the west coast a young man, Kevin Moore, receives a phone call from "George" telling him it's time to go. On the east coast attendees at a summ...
  • Barbara
    The back cover of this book reads "DEAR 2018, YOU HAVE YOUR THRILLER." I was so hopeful and keen about starting this book and it started off great - very exciting. But then the pace slowed down and became somewhat blah.I believe that you should have some current knowledge of American politics before starting this book as it will help give understanding to what is going on, especially where it relates to domestic terrorism and the FBI. The topic i...
  • Jackson
    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway and was excited to start reading the "2018 Thriller".Was this a good read? Probably. Was it a thriller? Probably not, at least not for me.A thriller is a page turner in which my mind is completely engaged in the characters, in the twists and turns of the plots and the subplots, and in the outcomes.I thoroughly enjoy a Le Carre and Ludlum novel, so why did this not hit the mark for me?I think, perhaps, ...
  • Amanda
    I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Admittedly, the biggest problem I had with this book was probably that it's simply not a genre I enjoy. I've never been a fan of political thrillers. Typically I try to make it through at least half of a book before I give up on it, but I was so painfully bored reading this one that I didn't get through much more than 50 pages. I wouldn't say it's badly written or there's really anything wron...
  • A. S.
    “The Middleman” by Olen Steinhauer follows Kevin Moore, a retail worker with a military past, who is one of the four hundred people to disappear—leaving behind everything, including his job, cell phone, and IDs. He is a member of the Massive Brigade—a mysterious organization led by Martin Bishop, who aims to rebel against the current state of society. Soon, politicians start getting killed off.While Moore is travelling with his fellow Bri...
  • Kurt Mensching
    Olen Steinhauer is one of my favorite authors and I was very excited to find the book available at the library. I tried once or twice to read it and kept stumbling over the first few chapters wondering why it felt so much different. It turns out it was one of the more difficult books for him to write too. I wouldn't say this was my favorite that he has written, but I will say that once you start to make it into the meat of the story it picks you ...