The Day Before Midnight

The Day Before Midnight

by Stephen Hunter

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Overview

“A breathtaking, fascinating look at what could happen—given the possibility of an atomic ‘given.’ A wrap-up you'll never forget.”—Robert Ludlum

The countdown begins when welder Jack Hummel is abducted from his suburban Maryland home ans whisked to the South Mountain MX missile site—a top-secret nuclear complex now taken over by paramilitary terrorists.

All that stands between the Uzi-armed commandos and the launch button is a half-ton titanium block. They want Jack Hummel to cut through it—so they can unleash a devastatingly brilliant plot that threatens global disaster.

Now a Delta Force veteran and a think-tank defense wizard must get inside South Mountain—by defeating their own super-security systems and a darkly ingenious enemy leader . . . 

. . . while Jack Hummel's torch burns closer and closer to the launch key . . . while the clock ticks closer to midnight—and Armageddon.

Praise for The Day Before Midnight

“Rockets toward a shattering climax like an incoming missile.”—Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder and Final Flight

“Nonstop action and mounting tension.”The New York Times Book Review

“Slam-bang action and relentless suspense.”The Washington Post

“The novel crackles and jolts.”Chicago Tribune

“The one to beat this year in the nail-biter class . . . an edge-of-the-seat doomsday countdown thriller.”Daily News, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553282351
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1989
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 227,040
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.89(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Stephen Hunter is the author of 20 novels and the retired chief film critic for the Washington Post, where he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. His novels include The Third Bullet; Sniper's Honor; I, Sniper; I, Ripper; and Point of Impact, which was adapted for film and TV as Shooter. Hunter lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Day before Midnight 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book 23 times and I swear it get's better every time I read it. Stephen Hunter is without a doubt one of the best military suspense writers of our time, or any time for that matter. I can't wait to read it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh how I wish I could read faster, because I can't wait for the next page, but then again, the faster I read the sooner it's over!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in about a 3 day period. I just couldn't put it down. Very vivid descriptions of battlefield tactics and weapons.(I love that kind of stuff) Great suspense and quite a bit of humor as well. Definately a 5 star book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent face paced book. Very very believable, which in my opinion is very important to any story. Hunter stays focused on the story, and hardly ever strays away from the plot with unneeded details. You'll find yourself sweating at the end of the book. The tension the reader experiences at the climax is amazing.
postmanCC More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it. Any suspense fan will love this. Only thing missing is Swagger.
Anonymous 24 days ago
It was a good read. Liked the action at the end
Hartman762 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Highly readable action thriller, one of the better ones that I have read in this genre. Genuinely exciting and a real age turner, I had a hard time putting this down. Highly recommended.
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