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The Silent Man (John Wells Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Alex Berenson continues to deliver top rate realistic tales on a par with Le Carre and Silva.

In the DC area CIA Agents John Wells and Jennifer Exley are driving to work when traffic comes to a standstill because of accidents on twoe bridge. John thinks it is too much of a happenstance and quickly is proven right when three assassins on motorcycles start shooti...
In the DC area CIA Agents John Wells and Jennifer Exley are driving to work when traffic comes to a standstill because of accidents on twoe bridge. John thinks it is too much of a happenstance and quickly is proven right when three assassins on motorcycles start shooting at them. They kill their attackers, but Exley is critically wounded in the crossfire. When he knows she will live, John goes to Russia to obtain proof that arms dealer Pierre Kowalski put out the hit on him for embarrassing him and marking his face in a duel years ago.

The mission fails but Kowalski is deathly afraid that Wells will come after him. In Russia, two nuclear warheads are stolen from the secure Facility in Ozersk and placed on board a freighter heading to Canada where Jihadists wait for the arrival to drive them into the States. They intend to nuke DC on Inauguration Day led by Sayyid Nadiji whose family was killed during the Iraq War and occupation. Kowalski is asked to deliver beryllium to give to a third party who will supply it to those targeting Washington. He tells Wells to maintain the peace between them. John runs with the information, which is the first step in finding and preventing Jihadists from devastating DC.

This is an invigorating thriller that will frighten readers as the scenario is plausible with the terrorists capable of the theft, delivery, and destruction on a scale that could make 9/11, London and Madrid seem minor. John is a dedicated agent risking his life to keep the world safe while his beloved Exley wants him out of the deadly field game that he cannot walk away from even if it means losing her. Fans will enjoy the latest spy thriller, as Alex Berenson continues to deliver top rate realistic tales (see THE GHOST WAR and FAITHFUL SPY) on a par with Le Carre and Silva.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 13, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Berenson will be a superstar

His first two books easily rated five stars. He slipped a bit with this latest effort but I will buy every book he writes.

posted by slatsdawson on April 6, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Exciting!

    Mr. Berenson has done it again. I have read his previous books and find this one just as exciting. It move quickly and keeps my attention. It was difficult to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Great Book - But The Nook Has Some Flaws

    I think it is totally horable that you can't buy a book from the Nook Store if you are using a non-US ISP. I mean there are some of us American's live in other countries and we would like to read an English Book. Not mention the huge untapped market that B&N looses by being so short sighted.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Silent Man is latest in a strong series by Alex Berenson.

    I recommend that you read the first two Berenson novels in which he creates and fleshes out the characters in this book. Berenson understands the psyche of the peaceful Muslim better than any that I have read, without demonizing the forces that must detect and fight against the Islamic fascists. Be prepared for a hard fast ride, with several major twists and turns.
    John Walls is one of the most believable characters I've come across in years of reading. Don't start this one late at night.....unless you have no plans for tomorrow.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    like an old friend who kills

    this third installment may not be as good as the first two but it is still a great read. i so enjoyed following the different twists and turns of each act in the book. the main character john wells is wonderful as he chases down leads and tries to find answers and justice. read all three of alex berenson's novels and you will be rewarded with a gripping time. sad thing is it will probably be another year to wait for his next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    Great series

    If you like spy thrillers, or military thrillers this is a great book! If you like Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Ted Bell, Tom Clancy, etc... you will like this author. This is the 3nd book in his John Wells series. The story line is a little repetitive but the action, and writing is great. I personally love this type of fiction. I read at work to kill the long hours and I finished this book in less then 48 hours, it is hard to put down, I had to force myself to leave it at work and not take it home LOL.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    A Thrill Every Two Minutes

    Which means less than a thrill a minute. John Wells might be called John Wood in this novel, as his personality takes even less shape than in the first novel. It's an okay story, with several interesting moments, but it just does not rank in the top of thriller novels. For me 3 and one-half stars, but many good wishes for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Not quite up to the par of the previous books

    Continuing the John Wells series from "The Faithful Spy" and "The Ghost War", author Alex Berenson pits Wells against jihadist fanatics intent on fabricating a nuclear weapon to deploy against the United States.<BR/><BR/>Though still entertaining as an entry in the Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp genre, this novel doesn't encompass as wide a scope as Berenson's previous works. Gone are the upper level political machinations at governmental policy level that made the earlier books so exceptional.<BR/><BR/>This is a smaller story, surprisingly enough given the nature of the threat against the US, and there was a substantial missed opportunity in that Berenson touched on - but didn¿t explore at all - Russia's reaction to the theft of their nuclear material (I'm not giving away a spoiler, as this is the opening sequence of the novel).<BR/><BR/>This book spends much more time on Wells's relationship with his girlfriend Jenny, and the mechanics of creating a nuclear device. Interesting reading, but somehow not really enough; not satisfying.<BR/><BR/>Four stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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