The Shadow Patrol (John Wells Series #6) [NOOK Book]

Overview

In late 2009, CIA officers in Afghanistan’s Kabul station allowed a Jordanian doctor into their closest confidence. In truth, the doctor was an al-Qaeda double agent—and when he blew himself up, the station’s most senior officers died with him.


Years later, the station still hasn’t recovered. Recruiting has dried up and the agency’s best Afghani sources are being eliminated. At Langley, the CIA’s chiefs begin to suspect the worst: somehow, the...

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The Shadow Patrol (John Wells Series #6)

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Overview

In late 2009, CIA officers in Afghanistan’s Kabul station allowed a Jordanian doctor into their closest confidence. In truth, the doctor was an al-Qaeda double agent—and when he blew himself up, the station’s most senior officers died with him.


Years later, the station still hasn’t recovered. Recruiting has dried up and the agency’s best Afghani sources are being eliminated. At Langley, the CIA’s chiefs begin to suspect the worst: somehow, the Taliban has infiltrated the station.


When they ask John Wells to investigate, he reluctantly agrees to return to the country where his career began. One thing is certain: Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. Wells is the only one who can unearth the truth—if it doesn’t bury him first . . .

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A 2009 suicide bombing left the C.I.A.'s Kabul station in a shambles and, if anything, the situation has only gotten worse: Several head honchos at Langley are now convinced that a Taliban mole is running free in their Pakistan operation. To identify and squash the intruder, the Agency sends in John Wells as an undercover operative. Once on base, Wells discovers that thanks to a ruthless drug-trafficking cartel involving the C.I.A., the military, and the Taliban, things are even more complicated and risky than they first seemed. How does one man root out a whole nest of vipers? Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Edgar-winner Berenson’s compelling sixth spy thriller starring ex-CIA operative John Wells (after 2011’s The Secret Soldier) highlights an unsavory aspect of the Afghanistan war: U.S. soldiers who engage in drug smuggling while fighting the Taliban. The chief bad guy, Delta sniper Daniel Francesca, kills Taliban fighters and does away with any Americans who may be onto his drug-smuggling activities. The sniper, who’s on his third tour in Afghanistan, has clearly gone over the line when it comes to morality or sanity. Francesca not only knows that Wells, who’s come to Kabul to ferret out a mole in the capital’s CIA station, is on his trail but relishes the battle. It’s this riveting duel between good and evil that will keep readers blazing through the pages, while several other more mundane plot lines get lost in the background. This consistently interesting series shows no signs of running out of steam. Agent: Heather Schroder, ICM. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Not so long ago, a source that had promised to deliver Osama bin Laden to agents at the CIA's Kabul station instead blew up the place. With the station still in disarray and agents still dying, high-ups suspect Taliban infiltration and send John Wells to investigate. It's not a pretty sight—Wells gets wind of a drug-trafficking operation that could involve agents, the military, and the Taliban working together—but Edgar Award winner Berenson should deliver a good read.
Kirkus Reviews
Former CIA tough guy John Wells is back, and this time he's busting a heroin-smuggling ring operating out of an isolated Army base in Afghanistan. After a disastrous meeting with his estranged son, Wells accepts a freelance mission offered by his old agency boss Ellis Shafer. In the aftermath of a suicide bombing that killed the station chief and several of the best agents in the CIA's Kabul station, Wells is supposed to go to Afghanistan, see how things are going, then report back to CIA chief Vince Duto. More importantly, there have been reports that a mole in the Kabul station is working with a local Taliban leader, possibly to smuggle heroin. An analyst in the Kabul station thinks a group called the Thuwanis may be the source of the heroin, and that soldiers in the U.S. Army may be involved. Posing as a wealthy Saudi anxious to help fund jihad, Wells visits the Thuwani compound and uncovers some key information. But as he and Shafer unravel the threads of the conspiracy, they just can't seem to figure out a motive, which may have more to do with revenge than money. Fans of Berenson's previous Wells novels (The Faithful Spy, 2006, etc.) will find more to like here, including plenty of superbly paced action sequences, and the kind of background that suggests a better-than-average understanding of what soldiers on the ground actually see in Afghanistan. Skeptics will continue to roll their eyes at Wells' superhuman ability to, almost at the drop of a hat, pass for a national from whichever Middle Eastern country best suits his needs. There are also a few too-convenient plot twists, including a head-scratching scene wherein a conspirator in the smuggling ring is discovered thanks to the fact that he has "friended" a co-conspirator on Facebook. However, the prose is airtight, the pacing is excellent and the phenomenal action sequences more than make up for minor weaknesses in the plot. Berenson's highly enjoyable series continues with more of the rock-solid same.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101560389
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Series: John Wells Series , #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 13,711
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alex Berenson
As a reporter for The New York Times, Alex Berenson covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the flooding of New Orleans to the financial crimes of Bernie Madoff. His previous novels include The Faithful Spy, winner of a 2007 Edgar® Award, The Ghost War, The Silent Man, The Midnight House, and The Secret Soldier.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Great book

    Just finished in 1 day. Couldn't put it down. Fast paced read. Another great John Wells story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    To CHB

    Really dude get alife.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    The preface for this story took place in 2009 when the CIA, alwa

    The preface for this story took place in 2009 when the CIA, always looking for specialist agents to assist in the war on terror, thought they had found a man who was fully knowledgeable about all the enemies in the Afghanistan area to the point where, except for his immediate handler who had some doubts about this man, polished him to gain access to those who would kill all Americans, then report this information to his superiors. This preface gives the reader an excellent start to the intrigue and suspense to follow.

    The story advances to present day Afghanistan at a friendly forward operating base where the friendly military, some out to gain only for themselves, could fairly well come and go as needed with few checks on them. They were smart and had most of the superior officers brainwashed thinking they were always on military missions when they left the perimeters of the base. Little did they know about all the money some of these “friendly” military made on their visits to other areas. They were good but there were some higher ups that suspected something wrong was going on and decided to bring in the best intelligence person they had, John Wells, to investigate closely. Wells appeared in the authors preceding book and immediately gave readers a likeable role in almost everything he did, despite being a bit loose in morals and tougher than nails physically even though he was getting up in years. He had kept himself well conditioned, physically and mentally. Before Wells arrived in Afghanistan, there were people disappearing, bodies found, even some in charge were killed. Also before he departed for Afghanistan, he had to make a trip to meet his son who he had not seen in many years. They had their meeting but the son only knew his father as one who always had to leave rather than do things with the family. They did not part with good feelings as his son thought of his father as leaving his family once again, apparently without concern. Such was the life of a deep cover spy. When he left his son he headed for the CIA to obtain the details of his mission, should he decide to go back into action. After learning how the crookedness was going on in Afghanistan he decided he had to take this assignment so off he went to work his way into the area hopefully as an unknown.

    After some time Wells found a very few he could trust and far too many he did not trust. Men kept dying and not from war action. The military “thieves” had a great drug pipeline moneymaker going so why should they be expected to give that up? Wells worked in personal danger with the few he could trust along with the few he could also trust in the United States. There was a leak somewhere in the CIA and he had to plug that leak. The story is very well written and has lots of intrigue that will drag you into this investigation. I highly recommend it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    great book, great read.

    I have read all of Alex Berensons other books and I enjoyed this one very much. The Shadow Patrol is exciting and has plenty of suspense, I think Alex is very descriptive of the characters. Try it out, you'll like it. Larry W.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    Berenson rounds out his characters with depth not often found to

    Berenson rounds out his characters with depth not often found together with such fast-paced action. Berenson's research forms a welcome foundation for Shadow Patrol, including, (want to see more of these from all authors) a non-stereotyped southerner. Berenson is one of my favorite writers; I look forward to The Night Ranger in February.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Riversong

    Here

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    3.5 stars

    Middling

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Not up to usual standard

    I am a big fan of the series. This fell a bit short for me. Last 50 pages held most of the action. Cant wait for the next one cause i am a big wells fan.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2013

    Just okay.

    I am afan of this author and really enjoy his work very much. This one was just not his best. Too predictable and not his usual depth. However, I will keep reading him as he is a good author and an excellent writer.

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    Posted July 29, 2013

    Violettpaw

    Im locke out of camp

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 28, 2013

    Prey #1

    Mice scurried about the thick undergrowth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    your nook needs troubleshooting

    your nook needs troubleshooting

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