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The Faithful Spy

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Staff Pick

I just got through reading The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson. I started reading it on my lunch, forced myself to work for a few hours, and then hustled home to continue. Kids ate leftovers; dishes went undone; pleasant dinner conversation was cut short. Back to my thriller. I finished at about 9 o'clock and was bereft. No more John Wells, no more Alex Berenson for another year (if we're lucky). This could be the writer we've been waiting for — the successor to John Le Carré. The Faithful Spy is a great contemporary thriller that is both insightful and a page-turner.
Recommended by Miriam, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 readers inside the war on terror as fiction has never done before.

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.

Review:

"After proving his loyalty in Afghanistan and elsewhere, CIA agent John Wells, the first Western intelligence officer to penetrate the upper levels of al-Qaeda, is assigned a mission on American soil by bin Laden's chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. On his return to the U.S., Wells, now a devout Muslim (for real), finds his years spent in deep cover have left him conflicted. The agency itself seems wary of him — other than Jennifer Exley, the agency analyst who debriefs Wells (aka Jalal) on his return. The scrutiny intensifies when two bombs go off in L.A., killing 300. Berenson, a New York Times correspondent since 1999 who covered the occupation of Iraq, deftly employs the classic staples of spy fiction in his debut novel — self-serving bureaucrats, a beautiful co-worker love interest and an on-the-run hero suspected of being a traitor — then mixes in current terror tropes: car bombs, smuggled nuclear material, and bio-weapons. There's too much introspection from friend and foe alike, but mounting suspense, a believable scenario and a final twist add up to a compelling tale of frightening possibilities. It's not for the squeamish, though: the torture sequences and bombing descriptions are graphic and chillingly real." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Let's give New York Times reporter Alex Berenson credit for the year's most surefire thriller plot: CIA agent infiltrates al-Qaeda. It's such a sky-high concept that the film rights were auctioned off months ago, and Keanu Reeves may play undercover agent John Wells. If the idea is an inspired one in terms of commercial fiction, Berenson's execution of it is less so, but 'The Faithful Spy' offers... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"The plotting is superlative, baffling readers and characters alike....[O]ne could hardly ask for a more skillful, timely, and well-rounded translation of our worst fears into satisfying thrills; a sure bet for fans of Jack Higgins and Vince Flynn." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"A thriller worthy of le Carré....The payoff is tremendous....Well done throughout, and sure to be noticed." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Berenson, who has a superb eye for the telling detail, is excellent at describing Wells's relations with his new chums in Afghanistan as well as battle scenes." Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The threats with which this thriller deals — fertilizer bombs, the plague, anthrax — are all too common, and a tepid romance that seems to have no real foundation adds little to the mix. Well written, but pretty standard stuff." Library Journal

Review:

"The Faithful Spy seeks to enlighten using the trappings of entertainment, combining thinking with thrills. And on that front, it succeeds quite well." The Baltimore Sun

Review:

"One cannot read this book without feeling that when the next terrorist attack comes, it will be in the form of the nature that Berenson so calculatingly describes. Put The Faithful Spy at the top of your must-read list." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

John Wells is the only CIA agent to ever penetrate al Qaeda. While living in the mountains of Pakistan, he became a Muslim, convinced of the decadence and shallowness of the United States.

Synopsis:

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 . . .

Synopsis:

John Wells is the only CIA agent to ever penetrate al Qaeda. While living in the mountains of Pakistan, he became a Muslim, convinced of the decadence and shallowness of the United States.

About the Author

Alex Berenson is a reporter for the New York Times who has covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the flooding of New Orleans. He graduated from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics. This is his first novel. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780515144345
Author:
Berenson, Alex
Publisher:
Jove Books
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Intelligence service
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Subject:
Espionage
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
A John Wells Novel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
January 2008
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
7.57x5.43x1.05 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 496 pages Jove Books - English 9780515144345 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I just got through reading The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson. I started reading it on my lunch, forced myself to work for a few hours, and then hustled home to continue. Kids ate leftovers; dishes went undone; pleasant dinner conversation was cut short. Back to my thriller. I finished at about 9 o'clock and was bereft. No more John Wells, no more Alex Berenson for another year (if we're lucky). This could be the writer we've been waiting for — the successor to John Le Carré. The Faithful Spy is a great contemporary thriller that is both insightful and a page-turner.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After proving his loyalty in Afghanistan and elsewhere, CIA agent John Wells, the first Western intelligence officer to penetrate the upper levels of al-Qaeda, is assigned a mission on American soil by bin Laden's chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. On his return to the U.S., Wells, now a devout Muslim (for real), finds his years spent in deep cover have left him conflicted. The agency itself seems wary of him — other than Jennifer Exley, the agency analyst who debriefs Wells (aka Jalal) on his return. The scrutiny intensifies when two bombs go off in L.A., killing 300. Berenson, a New York Times correspondent since 1999 who covered the occupation of Iraq, deftly employs the classic staples of spy fiction in his debut novel — self-serving bureaucrats, a beautiful co-worker love interest and an on-the-run hero suspected of being a traitor — then mixes in current terror tropes: car bombs, smuggled nuclear material, and bio-weapons. There's too much introspection from friend and foe alike, but mounting suspense, a believable scenario and a final twist add up to a compelling tale of frightening possibilities. It's not for the squeamish, though: the torture sequences and bombing descriptions are graphic and chillingly real." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The plotting is superlative, baffling readers and characters alike....[O]ne could hardly ask for a more skillful, timely, and well-rounded translation of our worst fears into satisfying thrills; a sure bet for fans of Jack Higgins and Vince Flynn."
"Review" by , "A thriller worthy of le Carré....The payoff is tremendous....Well done throughout, and sure to be noticed."
"Review" by , "Berenson, who has a superb eye for the telling detail, is excellent at describing Wells's relations with his new chums in Afghanistan as well as battle scenes."
"Review" by , "The threats with which this thriller deals — fertilizer bombs, the plague, anthrax — are all too common, and a tepid romance that seems to have no real foundation adds little to the mix. Well written, but pretty standard stuff."
"Review" by , "The Faithful Spy seeks to enlighten using the trappings of entertainment, combining thinking with thrills. And on that front, it succeeds quite well."
"Review" by , "One cannot read this book without feeling that when the next terrorist attack comes, it will be in the form of the nature that Berenson so calculatingly describes. Put The Faithful Spy at the top of your must-read list."
"Synopsis" by , John Wells is the only CIA agent to ever penetrate al Qaeda. While living in the mountains of Pakistan, he became a Muslim, convinced of the decadence and shallowness of the United States.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 . . .

"Synopsis" by ,
John Wells is the only CIA agent to ever penetrate al Qaeda. While living in the mountains of Pakistan, he became a Muslim, convinced of the decadence and shallowness of the United States.

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