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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Darren
    I won this book as a ARC as part of a good reads giveaway. I enjoyed reading it. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. It was such a good book I read in about five reading sessions in one day. I look forward to the next book by this author. It is the first book I read by this author.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    A tense political thriller combined with a police procedural.A multi layered involving book could be torn from today’s headlines.Thanks to St.Martin & NetGalley for advanced copy,
  • Liz
    This is a complex and intense thriller that had me engaged until the last page. Although it was easy to identify one of the turn-coats in the story, the intricate machinations of the plot created an engrossing story that turned into a page turner. It had a taken-from-real life tone that makes one shudder to imagine how much of this could really happen. I especially liked the two main characters, Rachel and Kevin, and hope to discover them again i...
  • Melinda
    I received this ARC book courtesy of Netgalley in return for my honest opinion. This was my first book by this author. It took me a while to get into the book, but once I did, I found it very interesting and wondered where the story line would go. I don't need to rehash the story as you can read the synopsis, but I enjoyed the book which was filled with a lot of intrigue and well written. I will definitely look for other books by this author.
  • Meg
    The author's social commentary is at the crux of this story and propels this political thriller to its conclusion. Initially, the characters are isolated from each other; but when they begin to interact, the story takes the reader on a verbal roller-coaster ride. The ride ends at a satisfying point but it leaves the reader wondering if the ride really has ended..... I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.
  • Tera
    Before I forget I won this book in Goodreads giveaway. That was a very good thing because this book was fantastic. Great plot, well written, interesting characters and realism that is downright scary. I picked it up and 4 hours later I'm looking for more! A definite book to be added to anyone's TBR pile. Enjoy.
  • Earl
    The Middleman from Olen Steinhauer is a thriller that is as current as the latest asinine Presidential* tweet, except this novel is from an intelligent mind and makes sense. This is about both domestic terrorism and corrupt government. Neither side comes out clean and, just like life, neither side is perfect.One of the valuable points here is the danger of a charismatic leader, whether that person wants to do good (as in the novel) or wants to do...
  • Tashfin Awal
    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it.This book was a very exciting read! The only thing I wish I could change was the shifting of perspectives, there were some points-of-view that were far more interesting and enjoyable than others and I wish I could have implored the author to further develop those points-of-view. That being said, this book is exactly as it fronts it is: an ...
  • Kim
    This book was a good read, especially for the times we live in. As I was reading this book, I was never exactly sure who the bad guy was. I do wish Steinhauer had gone heavier on the conspiracy and less heavy on the hiding out and moving around aspect of the novel. All in all an enjoyable read!