A story torn from today's headlines - "New York Times" reporter Alex Berenson has drawn upon his experience covering the occupation in Iraq to write the most gripping and chillingly plausible thriller of the post-9/11 era. "The Faithful Spy" is a sharp, explosive story by an author who truly knows his territory. John Wells, the only American ever ...
A story torn from today's headlines - "New York Times" reporter Alex Berenson has drawn upon his experience covering the occupation in Iraq to write the most gripping and chillingly plausible thriller of the post-9/11 era. "The Faithful Spy" is a sharp, explosive story by an author who truly knows his territory. John Wells, the only American ever to penetrate al Qaeda, has been undercover so long that the CIA is no longer sure he's loyal - or even alive. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover. Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri - the mastermind spearheading al Qaeda attacks on America - Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wells's CIA case officer, quite know what to expect. During his years in the mountains, Wells has become a Muslim and begun to doubt the Americans' agenda. Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA does not know whether to trust him. But as their high-tech intelligence gathering strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley know they must find a way to stop him, with or without the government's approval.
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A very up to date novel of intrique that holds your attention to the end. A good thrilling story that didn't require tons of character building the story and the action does it all. For me it was a fun read and I would reccommend it to anyone who loves a good fast story.
Jun 26, 2008
I think there is something wrong with me. From the raves on the cover and the blurbs within, not to mention the Edgar, this must have appealed to a great number of people and be a very good book. But I could not finish it. I found the writing poor and the characters wooden. I did check the epilogue to find out how it ended, but I was not drawn inexorably from page to page. There must be something better out there. As a matter of fact, I have read far better.
Apr 6, 2008
A never ending saga
I have always been a sucker for as good thrilller. Here we have a bright young author creating a strong minded undercover agent who sees some good in the bad guys world. Adapting the muslim religion not only helped him fit into his dangerous role as a mole in al Quaeda but gave him a structure and guidelines that were previously missing from his life. He is not trusted by anyone, American or Muslim, but he uses his skills and experience to stop a major terror attack when no one else can. As a former Atlanta resident I felt he got the feel and the facts right. A good quick read; I am already looking forward to his next book.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-06-05 Debut novelist Berenson is given fine representation in this intriguing audio book. John Wells, an American CIA agent, has spent the last decade of his life successfully infiltrating the inner sanctums of al-Qaeda. Guilt-ridden over not having been able to stop the actions on September 11, he readily accepts the chance to return to the U.S. when he's recruited as one of the primary participants for an act of terrorism designed to bring the country to its knees. After being taken into custody by a suspicious CIA, Wells escapes and goes undercover on his own with the fervent hope that he can prevent whatever terrorism al-Qaeda is looking to unleash. Narrator Heffernan provides a rich, melodic voice for Berenson's novel. Helped by Tony Daniel's expert abridgment, Heffernan keeps the complicated story's expositional narrative moving with a clean journalistic detachment that enhances the growing suspense. Although he may stumble some when it comes to accents, Heffernan manages to make each character a distinct individual. Genre fans should relish this thinking man's thriller. Simultaneous release with the Random House hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 13). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-02-13 After proving his loyalty in Afghanistan and elsewhere, CIA agent John Wells, the first Western intelligence officer to penetrate the upper levels of al-Qaeda, is assigned a mission on American soil by bin Laden's chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. On his return to the U.S., Wells, now a devout Muslim (for real), finds his years spent in deep cover have left him conflicted. The agency itself seems wary of him-other than Jennifer Exley, the agency analyst who debriefs Wells (aka Jalal) on his return. The scrutiny intensifies when two bombs go off in L.A., killing 300. Berenson, a New York Times correspondent since 1999 who covered the occupation of Iraq, deftly employs the classic staples of spy fiction in his debut novel-self-serving bureaucrats, a beautiful co-worker love interest and an on-the-run hero suspected of being a traitor-then mixes in current terror tropes: car bombs, smuggled nuclear material, and bio-weapons. There's too much introspection from friend and foe alike, but mounting suspense, a believable scenario and a final twist add up to a compelling tale of frightening possibilities. It's not for the squeamish, though: the torture sequences and bombing descriptions are graphic and chillingly real. (Apr. 25) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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