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  1. says:

    WellI think for you bottom line types I'd say this one is not bad I'm not thrilled about it but neither am I really disappointed I'll give some details below but I know some like an answer of sorts up frontNow what's good and what's not Well the story is treading some well trodden ground though with a new twist John Wells is a deep deep cover CIA agent He is the only agent CIA has ever place in al aeda Sadly there's a lot of doubt about him back in Washington as he doesn't check in very often we're talking years hereThe story has for me a couple of real problems First John having been under for SOOOOO LONG he's lonely and goes on and on about it He's angsty and frankly annoying at times I'll mention one of the reasons for the angst later but it's not a big part of the problemthe angsty slowness is There's also a sort of left handed romance with his CIA handler whom as mentioned he hasn't seen in years They had the magnetic attraction before he went undercovernow they're both divorced and we get the dancing around it all Now there's also his suffering over leaving his wife who divorced him when he left for an undetermined time and has since remarried and his son who of course has no memory of himAll in all the plot suffers from at times being pretty much submerged under John's personal problems Maybe just me but I'd like to see plot development and less angstNow there's one other thing I was asked about and no one else in a review has addressed it that I saw anyway Yes Our hero John is a Muslim I think the point in this in the book is largely to say see all Muslims aren't radicals Now for those who worry John is never tempted to change sides He's very much of the Islam is a religion of peace Though as things go on John talks about how he sees Islam as a way of life than a religion There is some misrepresentation of Christianity and it's teachings That could be as it often is simply lack of knowledge on the part of the writer Religions are often misrepresented when they are written aboutSo the book is very PC and there's probably a hope on the part of the writer to show how war can be self sustaining through injuries done by each sideOn these points I'd say decide for yourself The story is on the whole as I said not bad while being a little slow moving and angsty So maybe try it for yourself I may get to others in the series but probably not right away


  2. says:

    I gave up on excellent spy novels years ago when my taste for LeCarre could not be satisfied with anyone else So I decided to take a risk with Alex Berenson's The Faithful Spy If nothing else this novel has restored my faith in the genre as relevant as vital and as a vehicle for truly good writing I am convinced that Alex Berenson is every bit as good as the best of those who write fiction thrillers I now have to check out other authors who write contemporary spy books; but not right away I have 10 years of John Wells to catch up on And I will


  3. says:

    Alex Berenson paints John Wells our 'faithful spy' so well that I could imagine sitting across the table with steaks and beers chatting about his life He's got a fully fleshed existence between the pages of this taut book uite an accomplishment We catch up to him after he's infiltrated into al aeda and has to sacrifice all the men in his cell to make contact with the Americans he's been out of touch with his masters in the CIA but he's still faithful It's a wonderful scene one of many in this well crafted taleHis recurring challenge in this book is his faith for Americans against the ranks of al aeda for Islam and the Koran After he receives a mission he leaves for America not knowing what he'll do but returns to Montana his home and discovers everything he left behind gone mother dead wife moved on forbidden to see his son Berenson devotes the proper amount of time and energy into developing this aspect of Wells we feel for him how much he's sacrificed to do what he's done how much will go unappreciated by the suits in Langley at the CIAThe plot gets going late into the story Wells not uite trusted by his handler is sent to and fro to check to see if he's who he said he was He connects back up with his handler at the CIA the predictable and unnecessary love interest element and then walks into a situation he doesn't understand He's not to be an instrument of a plot merely a vector someone who starts a catastrophe he can't stop There's biowarfare and conventional bombs and all sorts of scary things out there Dying toward the end of the story he doesn't let death stand in his way He ends successful It's how we want to think of our spies Working against internal and external adversity making the right things happen even after wading through the intelligence bureaucracy The CIA director is a laughable caricature in this first book a bit painful in conceptionThe subseuent books feel rushed and smaller by comparison Berenson feels like he took his time with this first storyand he got the main details right about John Wells Well worth the read


  4. says:

    Hang in there; if you like this first book in the John Wells series you will love the 2nd book I am currently in the 3rd book of John Wells series and really enjoyed Mr Berenson's writing style the characters development and the plots It would a treat for Vince Flynn's fans including myself


  5. says:

    This book started off somewhat interesting including characters caught between the need for intelligence and the rights of suspects post 911 I suspected I'd disagree with it politically but hoped it would be a good read anyway Halfway through though it turned from political thriller into a bad romance novel in which I hoped the protagonist and his handlerlove interest would never meet again She continued to believe in him despite serious uestions within the CIA and refused to pull him in becausetheirloveissotrue Their romantic heart to heart which lead to her absolute faith in him consisted of her telling him about how she lost her virginity to a biker at a party Yeah But because she trusts him he is able to single handedly save the day I can't believe I finished the advanced reader Worst book I've read in years


  6. says:

    The horrific events of 911 have changed the espionage thriller genre and new authors with huge followings have taken up the war on terror Among these popular authors is Alex Berenson He brilliantly introduces readers to John Wells a CIA operative who has given up his family parents wife and son to successfully infiltrate al aeda Both his agency and the terrorists are wary of him He has spent 10 years proving himself to UBL and al Zawahiri in the desolate plateaus of Pakistan and in the bitter Chechen plains He has even converted to Islam but some of the jhadi still don’t fully trust the American who they know as Jalal His own agency doubts him since he didn’t stop the 911 attacks “He never said how he infiltrated al aeda and Exley never asked since the answer no doubt included violations of agency regulations and U S law Langley didn’t know what to do with WellsWells was simply trying to prove himself to al aeda while sending back what he could about the group’s structure and plans” My heart missed a beat or two when Wells killed five of his men so he could give information to a Special Force commander But the narrative became intriguing when a little girl spots the fighter jets coming towards the United airliner The terror of the people on the plane was palpable Explosions happen in California Are these diversions or a prelude for THE attack that will dwarf the events of 911 that al Zawahiri spoke of when Wells met him and two other men in Pakistan? Is that why he is being sent to America? Does he have enough information to pass onto Langley to stop Khadi and the aeda sleepers already in America? He turns to Jennifer Exley his handler and the only one who still believes in him to help him stop two heinous plans Berenson gets 5 stars for inventing the faithful spy John Wells Who is he really faithful to? Allah al aeda his country? The twists and turns of the great attacks on the US are gripping and heart stopping But the romantic WellsExley subplot was silly and turned me off and the epilogue was unsatisfactory for me to take a star of my rating Despite these complaints I look forward to reading Berenson’s sopho entry of the John Wells Series


  7. says:

    Al aeda from the inside out a thriller filled with suspenseJohn Wells is the only CIA operative ever to succeed in infiltrating Al aeda Now after a decade undercover in Afghanistan and Chechnya he finally appears to have gained the confidence of the group’s top leaders Summoned to an audience with Ayman al Zawahiri Wells is dispatched to the USA to play a key role in a terrorist plot to rival 911 As the story unfolds we learn that Wells is no longer trusted by the CIA — with the exception of his handler Jennifer Exley with whom he is in love Nor is he trusted by the brilliant Al aeda agent to whom he has been assigned known to him only as Omar Khadri Wells must maneuver between these two poles of suspicion all the while fighting to survive preserving his relationship with Exley and exploring the depths of the Islamic faith he adopted in Afghanistan The Faithful Spy has all the elements of a best selling thriller and so it was An Edgar Award winner when it was published in 2006 the book rose to #1 on the Times’ paperback bestseller list It was followed by four novels all of them featuring John Wells several of them bestsellers in their own right Alex Berenson was an investigative reporter for than a decade for The New York Times serving for nearly a year in Ira but focusing largely on business issues Since last year he has been working full time as a novelist Berenson is not yet 40 so we can look forward to many adventures with John WellsFrom wwwmalwarwickonbookscom


  8. says:

    Not a bad spy thriller certainly relevant today One thing the story shows uite clearly is how bureaucrats with their CYA mentality have a lot of trouble with the terrorist threat Nothing is ever certain chances have to be takenThere's a good balanced view of religion throughout the book Prejudices are shown from both sides


  9. says:

    My rating 3 ½ terrorists John Wells is a complicated man a man of irony Living in Afghanistan and Pakistan with tribal members a Muslim convert absent father and American all make for an interesting plot The first ¾ was fantastic but slowed down toward the end Still it was a fun read


  10. says:

    I found this first in the series average at best and depressing than I expected 4 of 10 stars


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