Praise. “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 “Berenson. Alex Berenson’s debut novel of suspense, The Faithful Spy, is a sharp, explosive The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of. The Faithful Spy. Posted on August 20, by Alex Berenson. Release Date: April 25, Published: April 25, Buy: amazon · barnesandnoble.

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I loved this book. Return to Book Page. John Wells series – After proving his loyalty in Afghanistan and elsewhere, CIA agent John Wells, the first Western intelligence officer to penetrate the upper levels of alec, is assigned a mission on American soil by bin Laden’s chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. See 2 questions about The Faithful Spy….

I found it not only enjoyable to read but came away with a better understanding of today’s a,ex. Now there’s one other thing I was asked about and no one else in a review has addressed it that I saw anyway.


The small Al-Qaeda band is planning to attack the Marines to help with a bigger battle that is raging below, and Wells decides to take out the terrorists himself so he can send a message to his CIA contact via the Marines: First, the time I spent in Iraq helped me understand the military, which plays a major part in the book.

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. May 02, Minutes Buy.

herenson I know, I know, every guy reading this will probably run out to read this book. Somewhat like some other super agents of recent vintage Wells is a killing machine, but he has a soul and that alrx a long way in faithtul novel.

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Kahn, the Pakistani nuclear scientist who exports his expertise. His recurring challenge in this book is his faith: It almost makes it that much more real to you, and being a big fan of Springsteen myself it was really nice to hear him mentioned more than twice. It is not amazing, but it does delve into interesting ideas and is reasonably well presented. Also by Alex Berenson. The subject matter of terrorism is relevant and timely more so in when this book was published. Thanks for bringing us such great stories.

But because she trusts him, he is able to single-handedly save the day. He’s got a fully fleshed existence between the pages of this taut book, quite an accomplishment.

There are detailed scenes of interrogation that are now familiar to people through films like “Zero Dark Thirty”. But for my first novel I wanted to write a tight book, a book that would keep readers in suspense until the last page, that would be gritty and real and build to a conclusion that feels surprising and inevitable at the same time.

While in Canada, he meets with an Al-Qaeda member to collect a suitcase, really a scientist who has been working to grow the plague bacteria. Why a spy thriller specifically?

Wells is leading a group of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters into a trap, but at the same time he must avoid American F bombers alsx overhead. 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.

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Well worth the read. Three Stars all the way. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Meanwhile, Jennifer Exley, his handler at the agency, has also thd everything up for her job—her marriage, her children.

Log in to Reply. Then of course I saw the other side of the coin firsthand as a reporter for the Times in Iraq, where the United States is intersecting with Islam every day, for better and worse.


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This novel was nominated for the Barry and Edgar award for Best First novel, and I’d agree that it was a good opening for Alex Berenson. While embedded inside al-Qaeda he develops an attraction to Islam zpy a way of life and converts. Also, and maybe this is cruel, I wanted to see how my heroes would react to extreme pressure.

No one knew what the Yellow was. The agency itself seems wary of him-other than Jennifer Exley, the agency analyst who debriefs Wells aka Jalal on his return.

I may get to others in the series but probably not right away. Apr 21, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: I do like finale. For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. We catch up to him after he’s infiltrated into al Qaeda and has to sacrifice all the men in his cell to make contact with the Americans: Open Preview See a Problem? His methods and his goals are repugnant. I gave tje on excellent spy novels years ago when my taste for LeCarre could not be satisfied with anyone else.

September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Whether describing the rendition of suspected terrorists and their subsequent interrogation, Berenson strikes an accurate chord. After completing this task, and secretly killing his two fellow Al Qaeda members, he is given the task of collecting something from Canada. But sticking to the facts can be frustrating.

Apr 25, Wesley rated it berdnson liked it. There’s even the obligatory irrational bureaucrat who is seemingly more interested in playing politics than in saving lives.