Countdown to Midnight

Now it was time to find out if all their careful planning would pay off.

Dale Brown
Countdown to Midnight


Publisher’s Synopsis:
Nick Flynn is back in action, and he has a new employer–a shadowy intelligence outfit whose roots go back to the very beginning of the Cold War. But his first mission for them almost becomes his last. While meeting with a high-ranking Iranian dissident in the Austrian Alps, Flynn is ambushed and nearly killed… just after learning that Iran and Russia are working together on a mysterious project–one they have codenamed MIDNIGHT.

Flynn is determined to uncover MIDNIGHT’s lethal secrets. Why are Moscow and Tehran covertly retrofitting a massive oil tanker in an Iranian port? What purpose lies behind their closely guarded effort, the brainchild of Pavel Voronin–a ruthless billionaire allied with Russia’s autocratic president?

Flynn and his new team plan to put an end to the nefarious project, but they’re dogged at every step by Voronin’s hired Raven Syndicate killers–elite veterans of Russia’s special forces and intelligence services. As they track the enemy from the streets of Vienna to deep inside hostile Iran, Flynn and his crew must repeatedly risk their lives to pierce the layers of deception around this shadow war.

It’s a race against time to stop Voronin from launching his terrifying new weapon against the United States–potentially killing hundreds of millions and overturning the world’s balance of power forever. The odds are stacked high against Flynn and his team… but that’s never stopped Nick before.

Point of view:
3rd person. Various characters perspectives

Rellim’s Thoughts:
Another action packed addition to the Nick Flynn series. Though – maybe it should be called the Flynn/Van Horn series. Nick is a lot of fun as a protagonist and Laura Van Horn compliments him perfectly and they make a wonderful team. Also, I love authors who write strong, competent, and talented women on teams. While Flynn is the “main character” – this is a team effort. Some old favorites from book 1, Arctic Storm Rising, reappear and it’s enjoyable to see this group reunite.

Brown writes from many perspectives which lets the listener get to know many, many characters well. Even the antagonists are well developed and, while I wasn’t cheering for their success, I was still invested in their stories.

This is a complete story – well paced, full of action, and culminating in a nail-biting final showdown. However, Brown teases that evil has not been completely vanquished and there’s definitely more to come for Nick, Laura, and the rest of the Quartet Directorate.

Rob Shapiro was fantastic as always. Brown had so many characters from all over the world encompassing a variety of accents and personalities. Even if the text didn’t say, I would know exactly who was talking based on Shapiro’s unique voices for each of them. This had a lot of emotion that comes through in his performance as well. I can’t imagine reading these to myself. Great listen.

About the author:
You can connect with Dale Brown here:

About the narrator:
Rob Shapiro is a voice actor, narrator, songwriter and performer living in Los Angeles, but he’s really everywhere.

You can connect with Rob Shapiro here:

My Favorite Quotes

Being shot at sure got old fast. – Countdown to Midnight by @AuthorDaleBrown #Audiobook narrated by @RobuLuxe #NickFlynn #Thriller #Suspense

“Lean back, Nick,” Laura Van Horn said conversationally. Then she fired twice with her own pistol, the sound of the shots deafeningly loud inside the car. – Countdown to Midnight by @AuthorDaleBrown #Audiobook narrated by @RobuLuxe #NickFlynn #Thriller #Suspense

I did a lot of fishing with my grandfather when I was a kid. And I don’t remember ever seeing a worm that was worth spit when we were done. – Countdown to Midnight by @AuthorDaleBrown #Audiobook narrated by @RobuLuxe #NickFlynn #Thriller #Suspense

Now it was time to find out if all their careful planning would pay off. – Countdown to Midnight by @AuthorDaleBrown #Audiobook narrated by @RobuLuxe #NickFlynn #Thriller #Suspense

Maybe we’re not strictly bound by the laws of war, but I’d still draw the line at inflicting my mother on an enemy force—even on a bunch of terrorists. – Countdown to Midnight by @AuthorDaleBrown #Audiobook narrated by @RobuLuxe #NickFlynn #Thriller #Suspense

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