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Man In The Middle (Sean Drummond #6)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  1,533 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
Despatched to investigate thesuicide of one of DC's most influential defence officials- an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq -Drummond and his female partner find themselves in themiddle of a tug-of-war between Washington's mostinfluential power brokers and his own personal allegianceto the soldiers dying overseas. What he uncovers are thesecrets that led to the ...more
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published January 6th 2007 by Grand Central Publishing
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Freda Malone
Good grief, I finished this book. *groan* Brian Haig is an exceptional writer but this particular story with Sean Drummond was long winded. Boring in the beginning, picked up the pace in the middle and slam dunked it with a ton of red herrings which ended in sad burn of emotions and a crick in my neck. This series is showing that the author is becoming more seasoned with his research and a lot of work as well as knowledge went into this espionage type of story. I felt like I was cramming for a ...more
Aug 19, 2016 Eric_W rated it liked it
When you listen to a lot of audiobooks, those in a series tend to take on the characteristics of a particular reader, especially if h/she is well suited to a given author. I’m a devoted fan of the Sean Drummond character invented by Brian Haig who has been narrated primarily by Scott Brick. The narrator becomes Drummond. Brick captures all the nuances of Drummond’s humor. LJ Ganser is fine, just takes some getting used to if you are accustomed to Brick, but he often reads the wiseacre passages ...more
I feel like a heroin addict.

I loved Secret Sanction, the first Brian Haig book I read, and I keep reading his novels hoping to get that initial rush, so far no dice.

The plot moves quickly, you just have to have a big suspension of disbelief. Some of the plot twists are just laughable. The book works well when Haig speaks as a soldier, it does not work well when Haig goes off on speeches about the war in Iraq. At times he has interesting points, but they often come off as forced sermons/monolog
Comparing it to the other books in the series, I'd say it falls in the middle. It sticks to the established formula of conflicted love interested with really hot chick. Murder mystery. Military intrigue and a little action/violence/political theme thrown in. It kind of sucks that the narrator is different in this audiobook. You get used to one guy's voice as the main character and they go and switch it up on you out of the blue. Oh well... Anyway, I didn't regret the time needed to read it and ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Mom rated it liked it
Ok Iraq war thriller with a somewhat compelling mystery but an annoying romantic theme involving a murdering rogue female soldier who commits all sorts of crimes and treason but who is excused by our chivalrous hero since she's a hottie and had a tough time recently. Gag. Not as funny as he thinks he is.
Nov 27, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
A good and interesting book. I was kind of disappointed when Mr. Haig used the same type of scenario that was in "The President's Assassin". Though overall I enjoyed the book.
Nov 22, 2016 Brandon rated it liked it
Jun 30, 2011 Mohamed rated it really liked it
In the year 2004,Sean Drummond a JAG attorney, Was currently on loan to the CIA, to be exact, the Office of Special Projects. As the story begins, Drummond was at a murder scene and he was posing as an FBI agent The crime scene was the apartment of Clifford Daniels, a high-ranking civilian on staff with the Secretary of Defense. Daniels seemed to have died from self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The question, aside from concerns about the rather unusual condition of the body, was whether ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Haig continues to amaze me with this latest installment in the Sean Drummond series. Elevated to Colonel, Drummond continues as a liaison with the CIA and uses some of his military connections to aid in solving a murder. What looks like a simple suicide opens a can of worms like none Drummond has faced in his previous written adventures. Haig takes us inside the dark side of the War on Terror and paints some of his own images to offset what media present on a daily basis. Superimposing ...more
Nick Brett
Sep 08, 2014 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
Lorin Cary
Apr 12, 2012 Lorin Cary rated it liked it
Colonel Sean Drumnmond works for the CIA. there's a suicide to investigate--or is it murder? 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 ...more
Robert Enzenauer
Jul 30, 2015 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 ...more
Protagonist Sean Drummond is a Army lawyer on temporary assignment to the CIA. 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.S. and Iraqi governments.

LtCol Drummond faces harrowing circumstances which not only challenge his ethics but his very life o
Gary Stewart
Sep 04, 2012 Gary Stewart rated it really liked it
I really like the plots of these books even tho the "smartalecky-talk"...charming for a while...does become a bother. I bet his parents hated listening to this all of the time, altho, perhaps Alexander was never around to listen to his son. Ahhh, the plot. 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 ...more
Vinay Badri
Nov 12, 2015 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
Dec 11, 2010 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 ...more
Kay Miller
Mar 06, 2011 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 ...more
This person's review says it all:

Ok Iraq war thriller with a somewhat compelling mystery but an annoying romantic theme involving a murdering rogue female soldier who commits all sorts of crimes and treason but who is excused by our chivalrous hero since she's a hottie and had a tough time recently. Gag. Not as funny as he thinks he is.

Two and half stars -- it DID entertain me, but still...
Mar 18, 2016 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.......never a good thing for me, so a three it is. 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, 2013 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.
carl clause
Sep 11, 2015 carl clause rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Brian Haig does a wonderful job of story telling.I have read all the Sean Drummond books and I hope he continues the series. Thanks, Carl Clause
May 05, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed this series. Sean Drummond turned out to be one of my favorite characters in any series-funny, smart, patriotic & all-round good guy. Haig finally got around to injecting a bit of personal feelings in his story with this one. This was a fairly complicated plot, but was wrapped up nicely in the end. For those who don't want something really dark, which so many books are now days, this is great entertainment!
Jamie Lyn
Oct 12, 2009 Jamie Lyn rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
As much as I enjoy the Sean Drummond novels, this was my least favorite. He reused a lot of plot lines in this. I guess because I read all the previous books, this one was very predictable, I don't think I was shocked all the much. I did like that the setting for this one was Iraq though, it was interesting to see where he went with it.
Mar 22, 2009 Alice rated it liked it
This was the only one of Brian Haig's books that I didn't care for. It took forever before any action took place, and it had long lectures about Iraq that drove me crazy because it was pretty much common knowledge by the time I was reading the book. Once the book took off, it was excellent--about from the midpoint to the end.
Neil Smithline
May 18, 2014 Neil Smithline rated it really liked it
Started out ass 3 stars. Drummond is a perpetual smart aleck jr high kind of guy, but turns more serious about 1/3 way thru.
Very contemporary theme. We disturbed the mid east bee hive not understanding a Shiite from a Sunni. SO we removed the stable buffer between them--Saddam-- probably duped as the book suggests by Iran, and ended up starting a civil war in the entire region.
May 30, 2013 piyush rated it liked it
Haig drifts off slightly from his usual writing style of his earlier books which were a treat. The book has a more spread out plot than others and therefore dwells little on the shenanigans of the central character "Drummond".

In isolation it is nevertheless a very good read, it scores a few notches down as compared to his earlier books

Feb 06, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
This is the first one of the Sean Drummond books I was able to figure out before the character did. I've ever read so many of them that the plot twists have become predictable, or I'm getting better at spotting clues and solving mysteries. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the older books in this series.
Sep 21, 2007 Geoff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Crais, Lehane, Coben, Child
A little disappointed with the writing and editing. Some blatant typos and misspellings. The premise was o.k., but Haig put such obvious clues in the first 25 pages that I had it figured our with 300 pages left (and I'm not that smart). could have been better than it was, but all in all a quick and entertaining read.
Mar 18, 2009 Pete rated it really liked it
Sean Drummond is thrown into an impossible situation with far reaching social and political implications which he smashes through with reckless abandon and sarcastic comments. This does not dissapoint.
Jul 13, 2012 David added it
Spy novel meets murder mystery all set against the backdrop of the 2nd Gulf War. While this book is set is a hyper-topical context, I think it'll hold up over time as it's still a well written spy novel and murder mystery. It's kind of Tom Clancy meets John Grisham.
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Brian Haig is the son of former US Secretary of State Alexander Haig and has been born and bred in the American military.Since retiring from duty and has been a special advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now runs a large Helicopter company.

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