The Silent Man (John Wells Series #3)

The Silent Man (John Wells Series #3)

by Alex Berenson
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The Silent Man (John Wells Series #3) by Alex Berenson

The New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost War and The Faithful Spy

CIA agent John Wells has spent years in the company of evil men. He's paid the price and is beginning to doubt if he can ever live a normal life. And when a powerful adversary from his past finds him, Wells must once again enter the fray.

For his country. For his soul. For revenge...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602854970
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: John Wells Series , #3
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 510
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

As a reporter for The New York Times, Alex Berenson has 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 the 2007 Edgar Award, and The Ghost War. He lives in New York City.

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The Silent Man (John Wells Series #3) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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StrangeCloud More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Alex Berenson and his character John Wells ("The Faithful Spy" "The Ghost War") then "The Silent Man" is an absolute must read. Berenson is able to develop the Wells character and the complications of the past which haunt him, while telling a timely and dramatic tale. The awful scenario presented in this story is all too possible in this time of political correctness and congressional infighting, bloated beauracracies and excessive concern for public appearance over substance in the intelligence community. Berenson is quickly becoming one of the most respected authors in the genre and "The Silent Man" is a prime example of his best work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ZZCZ More than 1 year ago
I have read the previous 2 Alex Berenson books - the first was GREAT. The 2nd a little less and now the 3rd is my least favorite. I think the author gave up character development for other aspects of the plot. I very much enjoy his writing style.
crankyasianman More than 1 year ago
This is an exciting book. This book is for fans of "24". John Wells is the literary Jack Bauer. I read the book in 4 days. If you read his other books, definitely read this one. The author was nice enough to answer me when i had a question about the book.
Cantonbishop More than 1 year ago
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.
desmond88 More than 1 year ago
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.
slatsdawson More than 1 year ago
His first two books easily rated five stars. He slipped a bit with this latest effort but I will buy every book he writes.
JoshH More than 1 year ago
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.
ClarkP More than 1 year ago
The Silent Man is another great book from Berenson that features the character John Wells. It is action-packed and suspenseful as the book is centered around the scare of a nuclear explosion. I really enjoy Alex Berenson's writing style, he has a way of keeping your interest throughout the entire book. Alex Berenson is the real deal, anyone who enjoys reading political thrillers should try his books. I will definitely be reading the next book from Alex Berenson.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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.
Brian_Baker More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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).

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.

Four stars.
Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
Gripping - Can Wells save USA in time again? This installment brings out more of Wells's personal feelings and relationship issues. He's beginning to lose himself in his job. Can he turn this around in the next installment? I'm pulling for him.
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Alex Berenson continues to develop John Wells into a savvy operative who keeps us on the edge with spine tingling drama. He seems to know just what to do in times of national crisis and comes out a winner every time. His character is remarkably believable. This is a must read if you like the CIA genre. Can't wait to read the 4th of the series which I just got.
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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.
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