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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Alex Berenson Actually, Charlotte is correct. There’s very little cursing in the book. See 2 questions about The Faithful Spy…. Lists with This Book.
I 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 front”. Now 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-Qaeda. Sadly there’s a lot of doubt about him “back in Washington” as he doesn’t che Well Sadly there’s a lot of doubt about him “back in Washington” as he doesn’t check in very often we’re talking years here.
The story has for me a couple of real problems. 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 problem 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 undercover 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 him All 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 more plot development and less angst. Now 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 fatihful 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 more 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 about. So, 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 side On these points I’d say decide for yourself.
The story is on the whole as I fathful not bad while being a little slow moving and alfx. So, maybe try it for yourself.
I faihtful get to others in the series but probably not right away. Dec 04, Tim Warner rated it it was amazing.
I gave up on excellent spy novels years ago when my taste for LeCarre could not be satisfied with anyone else.
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 aw I gave up on excellent spy novels years ago when my taste for LeCarre could not be satisfied with anyone else.
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. View all 4 comments. Jul 29, James Schubring rated it really liked it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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, ghe an accomplishment. Berensob 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: It’s a wonderful scene, one of many 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.
It’s a wonderful scene, one of many in this well epy tale. His recurring challenge in this book is his faith: 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: The plot gets going late into the story. Wells, not quite trusted by his handler, is sent to-and-fro to check to see if he’s who he said he was.
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He connects back up with his handler at raithful 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. It’s how we want to think of our spies. Working against internal and external adversity, making the right things gaithful even after wading through the intelligence bureaucracy.
The CIA director is a laughable caricature in this first book, a bit painful in conception. The subsequent books feel rushed and smaller by comparison. Berenson feels like he took his time with this first story Well worth the read.
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.
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 Qaeda. 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. But the narrative became more 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.
Is that why he is being sent to America? Does he have enough information to pass onto Langley to stop Khadi and the Qaeda sleepers already in America? He berennson to Jennifer Exley, his handler and the only one who still believes in him to help him stop two heinous plans.
The Faithful Spy (John Wells, #1) by Alex Berenson
Berenson gets 5 stars for inventing the faithful spy, John Wells. Who is he really fauthful to? Allah, al Qaeda, his country? The twists and turns of the great attacks on the U. Oct 08, Mal Warwick rated it really liked it Shelves: Al Qaeda from the inside out: As the story unfolds, we learn bdrenson Wells is no longer trusted by the CIA — with the except Al Qaeda from the inside out: 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.