This was another excellent read from Noel Hynd. The second book in the series lived up to my expectations and brought me on another thrill ride. Once again, the historical research and details in this book are top notch. I learned a lot about art history from this book. Also of interest was the history of the Spanish Civil War. That is a topic that is usually never brought up in history classes and I've only read about it one other fiction series, so to see it here was a delightful surprise. If only for the historical facts alone, this book is a gem. I really like how the author uses current events to develop the story without having to resort to using pop culture references that go out of date almost immediately. The locales in this book are exotic and I really enjoyed reading about the history of Spain. It made me feel like I was actually there. A lot of the conversation deals with political issues, which can possibly get boring at times, but if you want to learn while you read, this is a fun and exciting way to get some knowledge.There is, again, quite a bit of violence in this book. There's nothing gory, but the action sequences are very intense and there are many of them. The scene near the end is quite nail biting and a bit terrifying. There is some language but it's been bleeped out. The only thing in the book I did not seem to get was Alex and Peter's relationship. One minute Peter's the good guy, the next he's the bad guy and by the end of the book I still couldn't tell which side he was on. It made me wonder if Alex was able to tell as well. As I finished this book, all I could think was that Noel Hynd has become one of my new favorite suspense authors. I've honestly never really enjoyed reading a book more. This series is on par with mainstream books and would hold up to all the major suspense kings of literature. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. HIGHLY recommended.
There is no doubt that Noel Hynd is a premiere writer of espionage, and Midnight in Madrid highlights his talents in no uncertain terms. Political intrigue permeates this action thriller that I found a little slow to begin but once the pace picked up there is no letting up. Alex continues to comes to terms with the loss of her fiance and explore her faith while searching for a relic that men are willing to kill for. Hynd pushes the envelope for a Christian novel with some graphic violence and edgy language. Characterisation is solid, the intrigue and suspense gripping while fascinating descriptions of Spain and other locations all contribute to a top notch read.
I've now read two books in this series and I am A FAN, waiting for the third. I like the way the author works history and current poilitics and questions of Christian faith into the story. He gives us great entertainment without a lot of needless smut and gives us something to think about. To me, that's an ideal read, especially if you like action or spy stories.