The Faithful Spy (John Wells Series #1)

The Faithful Spy (John Wells Series #1)

by Alex Berenson
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Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
Book 1 in the John Wells series Mr Berenson's first novel paints a believable, frightening and chilling scenario of how Al-Qaeda might launch a major attack inside America. The story is about John Wells, an undercover CIA agent, who has been in Afghanistan for many years, his mission was to infiltrate al-Qaeda and gain their trust. He eventually converted to Islam and took the name Jalal and became one of them, so convincingly that his CIA handlers feared he may have crossed the line and become a double agent, a nightmare in the making. The suspense builds when al-Qaeda mastermind Omar Khadri orders John to return to the USA and await further orders. The story chronicles a chilling and frightening return. His handler and other CIA agents are faced with the task of demystifying John's true intentions and they need to make a decision on whether to pull the plug or let him run. The author has written a novel that is very unsettling and engrossing. The theme is multilayered, chocked full of possibilities and probabilities, peppered with graphic and daring scenarios. Excellent characterization has created a fast moving thriller giving a sophisticated view into an unusual kind of warfare. Alex Berenson first novel is remarkably well done and addictive, I am looking forward to reading the other novels in this series.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson is outstanding. The book hooked me from the start, I was turning pages as fast as I could until the end. The book tackles issues on the war on terrorism, which engages the reader since that is the world that we live in. This book is very readable, anyone who enjoys a good action story should take a chance on this one. A+ for The Faithful Spy, and I will be reading the follow-up The Ghost War as soon as I can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alex Berenson's first novel is excellent, well written, fast moving, and so exciting at times my heart was pounding. I highly recommend this book and I can't imagine how anyone could not thoroughly enjoy reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a debut novel, a well-researched thriller. Wells is the spy no one trusts not the CIA who had him become al Qaeda, not al Qaeda, because he's American. He¿s undercover for 10 years, much of that time with no contact with his handlers or any other Americans. I could barely put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really in your face about terrorism and the inside man. John Wells is an amazingly relatable character, you find yourself liking him right off the bat. The terrifying portrayal of our government's corrupted, bureaucratic, and selfish ways of going about running our country is unfortunately true to life. It really makes you mad at these people. This book also shows you the other side of the fight--inside the enemies camps. It opens you up to realize that they are not all terrible people bent on terrorism. Some are, and some are merely doing what they believe is right, just as every American does. Highly reccommended to anyone who's anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, I think Alex Berenson represents a talented, refreshing new voice in fiction. His debut novel is suspensful, well-written, and goes to the heart of the American psyche that makes one re-evaluate our consumer-driven egotistical lifestyle. Few people stop to consider the mindset of the less-than-fanatical Iraquis though most of his characters are overly zealous terrorists, but there is an underlying sympathy for your average foot soldier on 'the other side' that makes the reader stop and think. This is definitely a thought-provoking psychological treatise on the War in Iraq that is entertaining, enthralling, unique and an absolute must read! Lynne Logan, Author of The Crime Chronicles of Decker Zane
Guest More than 1 year ago
Former American college football player, CIA operative John Wells infiltrates al-Qaeda. He proves invaluable to the organization in Afghanistan and works his way through the concentric circles until he attains the most inner most circle enabling him to meet with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri. However, a side effect on the undercover intelligence officer is that he has become a devoted Muslim. --- Now al-Qaeda leader Khadri sends him home to bring the war to the west by setting in motion the steps needed to explode a dirty bomb in New York. The CIA has doubts about the loyalty of their rogue agent that is everyone except his prime handler Jennifer Exley. However, suspicion grows when two bombs kill three hundred in Los Angeles leaving the CIA leadership to wonder if he turned, seduced Exley to join him, and what is his real objective? --- This is one of the best post 9-11 espionage thrillers on the market today as Alex Berenson makes the ¿bad guys¿ understandable and intelligent instead of some boorish cartoon caricature Muslim fundamentalists know the west and how to play their enemy. Wells is a fabulous central figure as everyone including the audience wonders whose side is he on. Readers will want to know so set aside some time for a superb the spy comes home from the cold. --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Berenson's John Wells is a character with skills very much in the mold of Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp. But Wells is far more complicated and conflicted than Rapp, with a depth of character more like Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon. I love Mitch Rapp and selfishly mourn Vince Flynn and the Rapp novels, but John Wells is a more than worthy successor to fill the void. As with Rapp and Allon, the Wells series is best read in chronological order to fully savor the character's growth and history. Guaranteed to satisfy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a wonderful modern spy fiction about a man that will sacrifice everything for the USA and he fights terrorist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrkfic iinsight of how thingsmight be without our dedicated men and women on watch every hour of every day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed and have purchased the second in the series.
Flajayhawk1 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed The Faithful Spy. I have enjoyed reading all of Alex Berenson's books. Reading the first John Wells Series was especially intriguing. Flajayhawk1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The story was believable and just the right amount of suspense! I had a hard time putting it down!! I had to keep telling myself it wasnt a true story. If this is the authors first book then I cant wait to read more from him in the future!
Springrunner More than 1 year ago
First in the series. Action packed with good plot development. I plan to read them all.
Edgar15 More than 1 year ago
Is one of thouse book you wouldn't want to let aside, until you finish it! I read it in two days, because I didn't want to stop!
crankyasianman More than 1 year ago
At close to 500 pages, i thought the book would drag, but i was wrong. The author keeps the book moving quickly to a satisfying end. Thumbs up.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
How's this for a scenario? A man, John Wells has given up all he loved - his wife, child, and his parents to become the only American CIA agent to infiltrate Osama bin Laden's terrorist network. He did this before 9/11 and has endured years of privation, living on a dreary, cold plateau in Pakistan. Constantly on guard, he has continually convinced other followers of bin Laden that he is, indeed, a traitor and has become a Muslim. This sacrifice has been made in an effort to destroy the terrorist network. To date that has not been accomplished. Now, he learns there are plans for more attacks on the United States, assaults even more terrifying than the carnage at the World Trade Center. So, Wells must return home. However, when he appears at Langley, CIA officials have doubts. Can he really be trusted or has he become a turncoat in the intervening years? One person believes in him and that is Jennifer Exley. It soon becomes clear that they alone must stop al Qaeda from carrying out 2 heinous plan. Terrifying? Yes. Far too close to what might be the truth for comfort as Berenson, a reporter for The New York Times well knows. John Heffernan, known as the official voice of the NHL and NFL network, gives a compact, deliberate, totally engrossing reading. His avoidance of any dramatics renders his narrative all the more powerful. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nuff said!!!
wildbill1973 More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to really get into this book but once I did - I had a hard time putting it down. The end left me wanting more.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Alex Berenson's debut novel seemed so real to me that at times I wasn't sure I wanted to read about more terrorism in our country. The plot was well thought out and his writing style focusing on the many characters really moved the story along. I enjoyed the main character. John Wells was believable, heroic, and still sad. I wasn't sure the romance worked for me but maybe in the next novel it'll be fleshed out. Overall, a very good book.
Scott Floyd More than 1 year ago
Great read, hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read for those into spy novels, terrorism or mystery. Great quick read without having too much back story needed. Brings to light some questions that don't get addressed in the media.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Berenson is a NY Times reporter who specializes in the Iraq to Pakistan region and he uses his knowledge and experience to write an entirely engrossing, believable and well researched novel (without it reading like an academic treatise in the least) that is based on a central fascinating what-if: what would happen if the CIA had a field agent of mixed Arab descent, sent him to the Middle East to join the Taliban, and over a decade of infiltration worked his way into the upper circles of leadership? And what would it be like for the agent when he comes home to the US after a decade of complete isolation from Western culture and mores? The John Wells character is totally plausible, and the reader walks away feeling that the plot Berenson lays out could really happen. After the first couple chapters I could not put this book down, and blew through it in a week. Then I went out and bought the other three in the series and read them in short order. If you liked the early Tom Clancy (Hunt, Red Storm, Patriot Games) you almost certainly will like this---they both share tight plots, believable scenarios and just the right amount of technical information that you walk away learning something without feeling taught.
OToole More than 1 year ago
Well researched and well written. As good as Tom Clancy used to be. Adventure of the most extreme with a lot of truth. Look forward to the sequel. Reccomend to all!
bronxcloser More than 1 year ago
I'm delighted that Vince Flynn recommended The Faithful Spy. John Wells is in the same league with Mitch Rapp. I could not put this book down. Alex Berenson does a great job tying it all together. I hope The Ghost War is just as good.