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As aggressive, relentless, and stubborn as ever, Alex crisscrosses Europe through a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal, joined by a polished, mysterious new partner. With echoes of classic detective and suspense fiction from The Maltese Falcon to The Da Vinci Code, Midnight in Madrid takes the reader on a nonstop spellbinding chase through a modern world of terrorists, art thieves, and cold-blooded killers.
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Publication Date: 2009
Series: Russian Trilogy
When a mysterious relic is stolen from a Madrid museum, people are dying to discover its secrets. Literally. U.S. Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca returns from Conspiracy in Kiev to track down the stolen artwork, a small carving called The Pietà of Malta. It seems to be a simple assignment, but nothing about this job is simple, as the mysteries and legends surrounding the relic become increasingly complex with claims of supernatural power. As aggressive, relentless, and stubborn as ever, Alex crisscrosses Europe through a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal, joined by a polished, mysterious new partner. With echoes of classic detective and suspense fiction from The Maltese Falcon to The Da Vinci Code, Midnight in Madrid takes the reader on a nonstop spellbinding chase through a modern world of terrorists, art thieves, and cold-blooded killers.
Meanwhile, in Switzerland someone murders a Chinese man who is searching for the Pieta, and in Spain terrorists seek access to the ancient subterranean levels of Madrid. Once in Madrid, Alex teams up with undercover CIA agent and retired Italian policeman, Gian Antonio Rizzo, whom she has known before, but an attempted abduction puts Rizzo in the hospital and obligates Alex to a mysterious Chinese man, Peter Chang. When her CIA supervisor, whom she has been instructed to work with, demands that she work with this man, Alex has to decide whether he is friend or foe. From Switzerland to Italy, they sweep Europe for the missing Pieta. As terrorism seems the likely purpose for the theft, the question remains whether they can stop the terrorists in time.
Midnight in Madrid races forward as terrorists pursue the mining of a site beneath Madrid and civilizations defenders search Europe for the identity of the thieves. As threats and danger target them, Alex and Peter Chang debate the necessity of killing in saving lives in some situations. Alex also argues over the nature of redemption and forgiveness with Russian mobster, Yuri Federov. Federov challenges her to live up to the scripture she claims to believe about forgiveness, Matthew 18:21-35.
Hynds writing is less detailed than Tom Clancys while maintaining believability, and is less frantically paced than Robert Ludlums The Bourne Identity while holding interest. Its a good balance between the two. Plus the action flows through the hands of well-drawn and distinct major and secondary characters.
I do have a problem with the book, but it may be because I havent read Conspiracy in Kiev. Alex does a lot of drinking, even feeling quite a buzz after going out with her Chinese partner to meet his underlings. I know thrillers are not character driven so much as plot driven, but Alex seems to see no problem with the amount of drinking she does and her Christian testimony. Midnight in Madrid is an intense, exciting story that will appeal to both men and women. Debbie W. Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
SazavAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5February 16, 2012SazavAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An excellent, realistic read. Noel Hynd does an outstanding job bringing the reader into the life of the character. A book that blends real world with spiritual.
Ben3 Stars Out Of 5June 6, 2010BenIn reading Midnight in Madrid, by the bestselling author Noel Hynd, I discovered several things. One is that Noel Hynd is a prolific writer. Two is that Midnight in Madrid is a nearly overwhelmingly detailed book, chock full of colorful charactersalmost straight out of The Maltese Falcon. The historical details the author stuffs into Midnight in Madrid certainly make for interesting readingto a point. They were also overloading, and felt like they slowed down the pace of the novel too much. While I am one of the first to appreciate precise geographic and spatial detail, Hynd seems to pack as much as possible into the story, again overwhelming the reader. The mundane and mild also seem to try and outdo the action in the story, as for the casual reader, it proves to be a morass that is difficult to wade through. Some of the sentences and literary structure are stilted, choppy, incorrect, or otherwise unnecessary. While illumination of the characters thought processes are good, even essential for a good story, Hynd seems to take this too far, becoming wordy, choppy, or otherwise stating the obvious. While the storyline has potential, it is hampered by too much detail, a slow plot, and somewhat choppy or stilted grammar. I wish the best to the author, but Im afraid Ill have to pass on this book.
Linda Brandau5 Stars Out Of 5November 8, 2009Linda Brandauget so excited when I find a great book by an author I have not read before! Noel Hynds book Midnight in Madrid, one of The Russian Trilogy, was so good I didnt want the book to end. The book has political intrigue, non-stop action, historical references, and descriptive locations. It is a political/spy thriller about international crime.The story is wonderfully descriptive and includes information about art theft and historical references of Spain. The book is so well-written that the story just takes off and does not stop the suspense and surprises until the very end. The main character of Alex (Alexandra LaDuca) is very likeable as she struggles with the moral and ethical decisions she has to make in the course of her high-stakes job. She relies on her faith, but also struggles with doubt and questions as do real people of faith. This book is not a Christian book that preaches anything; it is a book by a person of faith who creates characters that struggle with faith and moral issues. The other two books in this trilogy are Conspiracy in Kiev and Countdown in Cairo. Noel Hynd has also written the novels, The Enemy Within, Flowers from Berlin, and Ghosts.
Amydeanne4 Stars Out Of 5September 11, 2009AmydeanneIt reminds me right away of the James Bond. The story line is solid, I couldnt put it down! It was face-paced and explosive!The characters in this book are well developed and detailed a lot. I like that you could get a good sense of them through out the book by Hynds writing.There is a lot of history put into this book, you could possibly get stuck on so many details , but than again some people (thinking of my father in law who loves details) would really enjoy it. For myself it was somewhat of an overload, but it worked. I love that Hynd included current politics; it definitely livens your imagination as you read through this book. As well, his descriptions of Spain makes me want to go and check it out!This is the second book in The Russian Trilogy and I dont actually think you need to read the first, though I have a feeling it might help. I am curious enough I want to get the first book though!I like that this book made the characters realistic and in the real world. That they were not in an imaginary Christian world. It made the story very believable. I am left wondering where the characters were going next and if Alex would meet up again with the mysterious Peter, or kidnapped by the Russians again!If youre looking for adventure and intrigue.. a good whodunit youll enjoy this book!
Michelle Padrelanan5 Stars Out Of 5August 17, 2009Michelle PadrelananMidnight in Madrid, written by bestselling author Noel Hynd, is a fast-paced, spellbinding chase entering the world of terrorists, art thieves and cold-blooded killers. When a valuable and ancient relic called The Pieta of Malta was stolen from a museum in Madrid, US Treasury Agent Alexandra La Duca is sent to investigate it. Still recovering from the death of her fiance, Alexandra or Alex agrees to investigate. Not long after she arrives in Madrid, she discovers that people are dying in connection to the theft making her believe that there is more to this theft than meets the eye. Despite the constant threat and danger to her life, she pursues the investigation doggedly. She is joined by a new partner, an Asian man whom she is not sure that she can trust. As more and more people die in connection to the theft of the Pieta, she becomes convinced that there is a conspiracy brewing against the US embassy which threatens to harm thousands more. Throughout the story, Alex struggles with the reality of her faith in God in relation to her work. She holds unforgiveness in her heart for the people that killed her fiance. Midnight in Madrid takes its readers on a non-stop chase I mentioned in another review that I love suspense/thrillers. Well, I also love government conspiracies. My favorite author in this genre is Jeffrey Archer. It was a pleasure reading Midnight in Madrid by Noel Hynd. The book is full of exciting twists and turns in the story that I read it quickly through the first time, and read it again slowly the second time to get in more of the details. The book has some violence to it since it involves terrorists and criminals, without it this book would not be realistic. There are no sex scenes in this book and I appreciate that the heroine is very decent. Noel Hynd has over four million books in worldwide and is also the bestselling author of The Enemy Within, Flowers from Berlin, and Ghosts.