Synopses & Reviews
From the #1 New York Timesa bestselling author comes another remarkable novel of espionage todaya and right around the corner.
Alex Berensonas The Faithful Spy was declared aone of the best spy stories ever tolda (The Wall Street Journal), and The Ghost War amesmerizing . . . an extraordinary achievement. Wells is a complex blend of smarts, scars, cynicism and wile. And the bookas imaginings seem not so much aripped from the headlinesa as eerily destined to be set in type for tomorrowasa (The News & Observer). Berensonas third novel, however, is his most masterful yet.
It isnat easy to steal warheads from the heart of Russiaas nuclear complex in Mayak. It requires a great deal of money, coordination, ingenuity, and sleight-of-hand, and just a touch of luck. But if youare determined enough, anything is possible.
Itas been a rough few years for CIA agent John Wells. The undercover work in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the attack on the United States, the Chinese plot that could have led to war. Wells is exhausted, and his nights filled with disturbing dreams. But he knows he has no time for that. He has made many enemies, and the world wonat stay quiet for long.
Nevertheless, Wells is not prepared for what is about to happen. He and his colleagueaand fiancA(c)eaJennifer Exley are driving into work when traffic comes to a standstill, due to accidents on both bridges into Washington. A pretty big coincidence, he thinks, beginning to get a bad feelingaa feeling that only gets worse when he spots the red motorcycle zooming up between cars toward him. Before the day is over, several people will be dead or severely injured, Exley among them, and Wells will be a manpossessed.
The attackers are Russian, and it is to Russia that Wells must follow the trail. He finds what heas looking forabut also a great deal more. A plan of almost unimaginable consequences is in motion, and Wells has no idea if he has discovered it in time. The last few years have been rough indeed, but the next few weeks will be much, much worse.
Real-world threats, authentic details, a scenario as dramatic as it is chillingly plausible, Alex Berensonas new novel is another atimely reminder of the extremely precarious way we live nowa (The Washington Post).
With real-world threats, authentic details, and a scenario as dramatic as it is chillingly plausible, Berenson's novel is another timely reminder of the extremely precarious way we live now ("The Washington Post").