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“A well-crafted page-turner that addresses the most important issue of our time. It will keep you reading well into the night.” (Vince Flynn)
A New York Times reporter has drawn upon his experience covering the occupation in Iraq to write the most gripping and chillingly plausible thriller of the post-9/11 era. Alex Berenson’s debut novel of suspense, The Faithful Spy, is a sharp, explosive story that takes listeners inside the war on terror as fiction has never done before.
John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover. Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri - the malicious mastermind plotting more al Qaeda strikes on America - Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wells’s superior at Langley, knows quite what to expect. For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. He has become a Muslim. He finds the United States decadent and shallow.
Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA - still reeling from its failure to predict 9/11 or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq - does not know whether to trust him. Among his handlers at Langley, only Exley believes in him, and even she sometimes wonders. And so the agency freezes Wells out, preferring to rely on high-tech means for gathering intelligence. But as that strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley must somehow find a way to stop him, with or without the government’s consent.
From secret American military bases where suspects are held and “interrogated” to basement laboratories where al Qaeda’s scientists grow the deadliest of biological weapons, The Faithful Spy is a riveting and cautionary tale, as affecting in its personal stories as it is sophisticated in its political details. The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of today’s world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 4 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 01 2006|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #28,148 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#245 in Espionage Thrillers
#511 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,845 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
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It is impossible to shy away from some predictable aspects, however the characters and story hold stroking credibility. It's more than a typical beach read and a by the last third was reading rapidly to know how it concluded.
Although this minor criticism applies to 'The Faithful Spy' the the thriller is even more exciting - and even more impossible to put down - than 'The Secret Soldier'. It's every bit as gripping as anything John LeCarre wrote and fully lives up to the excellent press reviews.
The storyline could, in my view, have been improved - perhaps clarified is a better word - if Mr Berenson had given us more information on how the various sub-plots (particularly the Canadian 'factory' producing biological weapons) came into being before John Wells became involved in the jihad-inspired developments in USA.
At just over 400 pages 'The Faithful Spy' is shorter than, for example, John LeCarre's (picked at random from a number of his works on the bookshelf) 'The Honourable Schoolboy' which, in hardback form, runs to 532 pages.
I'm sure that, by increasing the length of 'The Faithful Spy' by a similar amount, this already excellent thriller could have been improved even further.
Nevertheless,'The Faithful Spy' is a first-class piece of work that shouldn't be missed.
And like The Afghan it was well written and started well. But also like The Afghan it fell apart a bit at the end.
The "love story" was flimsy and towards the end it was pretty predictable. To make matters worse the copy I had had the first chapter of John Wells' (the hero) next adventure - so I knew he lived! There was a second when I thought, hey he will die regardless - what a great ending - oh hang on he can't...
The author has clearly borrowed many ideas for this book, Le Carre, Forsythe, Lee Child and others - but hey that's the genre that he is writing and most of it has been done before (I think I even caught a little bit of John McLain in Die Hard with a Vengeance at one point.)
Worth a read, yes, 5 stars no.
Will I buy The Ghost War? maybe