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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (March 22 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892967919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892967919
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,820,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell Andrews is one of my favorite authors. I am never disappointed in his writings, can't wait for a new book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good Techno Thriller, Quite Anti-Government April 5 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Two points about this book immediately come to mind:

1. If you're a devoted fan of Michael Moore and his Hollywood crowd and believe that the Government is truly evil, capable of anything, and putting all kinds of nefarious conspiracy plans into action, then this is exactly the book for you (the author is an actor). If you believe the Government is a bunch of folk stumbling along as best they can, then you might want to ignore this book, or perhaps just ignore the big conspiracy and read it for the rest of the story which is pretty good in its own right.

2. Surprisingly, the technical aspects of the book are also pretty good. I wouldn't put it quite up there with a Clancy, but the planes, bombs, and even the financial aspects are pretty detailed.

The story itself has a post 9/11 plot, which begins with the first suicide bomber in the US. It goes on from there to more terrorism, interconnected in some pretty strange ways.

There's also a pretty strange set of characters, especially the bad guys.

Good story, highly recommended, if the anti-government aspects doesn't get to you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not a Conspiracy Buff Sept. 15 2005
By A. Husted - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I agree with some of the other reviews regarding this novel--it's mediocre and the ending was ridiculous. Very transparent. Maybe I'm just not a hard-core conspiracy buff, but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to buy into the story.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed April 28 2005
By EdHopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan right from the first book but I have to say this is not up to his usual standard whatsoever. This book read more like a paranoid political mouthpiece than a thriller and I'm very disappointed that he thought his fans would think that was a great idea. This "thriller" was so non-thrilling the only way the author could attempt to bring tension to the story was by blatently hiding facts from the reader (for example Justin would get on the phone with another character and instead of making the reader privy to the conversation we, the reader, get to read that Justin told the other character what he wanted -- not any details. How bogus is that?

Because of the political overtones early in the story I could have written the end of the book about 1/4th of the way into it as well.

I hope this author returns to the original formula that won him so many fans.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very good March 11 2005
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The last Russeell Andrews books have left me blah.

However, in Midas, we finally find the kind of action that was noteworthy of Russell's first book.

Midas is an honest to goodness thriller. Complete with small town sheriff (Justin Westwood is back), bombs and a wonderful whodunnit with conspiracy theories abound.

This book was clearly written after 9/11 as you will find many direct references to terrorists, bombs and a general fear of the unknown.

Russell has written an extremely tight storyline - the plot holds up and for the longest time, the storyline is written as though two separate chain of events are going on.

I really enjoy the character of Justin Westwood and I absolutely loved the character of Bruno Pecozzi who is written in a complex - never sure if he is a good guy or not point of view. I hope to see lots more interaction between these two in future books.

My only negative. Midas can get extremely technical at times. Lots of descriptions (in detail) of planes, bombs and even the financial aspects are extremely confusing. So, be sure you are giving your 100% attention when you read this book or you will miss something that will, no doubt, be extremely important sometime down the storyline.

I really enjoyed this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Highly Disappointing! April 13 2007
By Michael A. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The author of this book seems to imply that there may be a big government conspiracy behind terrorist bombings and the special powers they are being given to deal with terrorist suspects both at home and in Guantanamo Bay. Justin Westwood, a police officer from a small town near the Hamptons in Long Island, New York investigates a plane crash of a small plane. From a few "suspect" things about the death of the pilot involved, Justin goes off on an investigation that causes people who know too much to be killed and top government officials to go after Justin.

I found the whole story implausible and what was really insulting is that anyone who know something seems to be wiped out without a thought by government agents but Justin being the hero is treated totally different. Another thing that bothered me is how easy Justin gets involved with a female cop who he has just hired. Being a real small town with a tiny police force a romantic involvement could really jeopardize a working relationship. Justin supposedly being so smart should know better.

Justin seems to be like Jim Garrison from JFK in pulling together all these "facts' that nobody else can get to piece together the whole organization of the conspiracy. This book did not leave me in the end with any desire to get any more of the other Justin Westwood books. This was a bad attempt by the author to put his "Michael Moore" type theories into a book. He should have just written a political commentary instead.

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