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The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8 | [Alex Berenson]

The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.
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Publisher's Summary

John Wells goes undercover as the threat of nuclear war skyrockets between the United States and Iran, in the cutting-edge new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.

In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it's a big one. We've put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It's a test run.

As the threat level jumps and the government mobilizes, something still doesn’t smell right to Wells' old CIA boss Ellis Shafer, and so he sends Wells on a private mission to find out what's going on. But the two of them are swimming against the tide. From Guatemala to Thailand to Hong Kong to Istanbul, Wells uses every skill he has, including his ability to go undercover in the Arab world, to chase down leads. But it might not be enough. Soon there might be nothing anyone can do to pull the United States back from the brink of war.

©2014 Alex Berenson (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Amazon Customer Fairfield, California 02-17-14
    Amazon Customer Fairfield, California 02-17-14 Member Since 2011

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    "What a disappointment!"
    What would have made The Counterfeit Agent better?

    An ending. It honestly sounded as though Mr. Berenson got tired of writing, so he just stopped.


    What was most disappointing about Alex Berenson’s story?

    The ending. I've read every thing this author has written and I was eagerly looking forward to getting this audio book - it was on my pre-order list until it became available. However, I have to return it - I was just too disappointed.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As far as I'm concerned Mr. Guidal could read the phone book and make it sound fascinating - he's always great and he did not disappoint, unlike the author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the most redeeming quality was the selection of the narrator. I wish Mr. Guidal could narrate all of my selections! The plot was involved, as are all of the author's novels. However, he failed to actually complete the story.


    Any additional comments?

    If, and only if, Mr. Berenson is planning to write an immediate sequel to this book, then as an author, he needs to rethink what he's doing. If a second book is forthcoming, why wasn't that stated?

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    vishal piscataway, NJ, United States 02-26-14
    vishal piscataway, NJ, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "OH COME ON THAT WAS STUPID"
    Would you try another book from Alex Berenson and/or George Guidall?

    I have been such an alex brenson fan.But what the hell. It was going so great and then "EPILOGUE".Are you kidding me.
    Get on with it and bring it next 2 months or else loose a reader,because I will not buy another book until i know its complete


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    better ending.


    Do you think The Counterfeit Agent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    helloo . HELL YES


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Anaconda, MT, United States 02-19-14
    Michael Anaconda, MT, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2002

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    "Grade: Incomplete"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Finishing the story. It was left in a very awkward place.


    Would you recommend The Counterfeit Agent to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I like this series, but I would wait till the next one comes out.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George was great...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Counterfeit Agent?

    None.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-17-14
    Brad Cincinnati, OH, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Listen a lot but dont write many"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    FINISH the STORY


    If you’ve listened to books by Alex Berenson before, how does this one compare?

    I have listen to all of them and this one must have been under publisher control. 2/3rds through the story the book ends.
    If I have to wait a year as normal for his next book I am done with Alex.
    Dont listen to the $ Alex listen to the readers. This is not what we pay for.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    George is excellent as normal


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Counterfeit Agent?

    Would not have just would have finished the fing story


    Any additional comments?

    DONT buy until the next book is out!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Robert SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-07-14
    Robert SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Part one of two"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Had I known it was going to end with the criminal mastermind and Wells still mano y mano I would wait for the next one to come out before starting it.

    Feel kind of cheated.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not until the sequel was already out.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 03-10-14
    Kathryn Portage Lake, Maine, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not as satisfying as others in the series"

    I finished this book about a week ago and have been trying to figure out how to put my reaction to it in words. Like others I was disappointed that the story wasn't wrapped up, but it is more than that. I just don’t feel satisfied with this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but it seems Wells’ development, his skills, maturity is frozen some place in the past. In many series as the character ages they become less impulsive, more wise, depend less on physical strength and speed and more on cunning, but not so here. Night Ranger showed some maturing of Wells and I liked where the character was going, but not so with The Counterfeit Agent. Plus, as another reviewer said Wells’ personal relationship with Ann doesn't make sense. Within 24 hours of meeting him in an earlier novel, he was off saving the world. Why after multiple years in the relationship is she surprised to see he is still interested in the same work? Her reasoning almost seems like a slap in the face for all the people in the military who also go off to defend the country leaving spouses and kids behind. If you like the John Wells series then by all means get this but don’t expect it to be as good as some of the previous novels nor to be as satisfied.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 02-14-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story and narration as usual but...."

    Great to listen to another John Wells tale, Berenson did a fine job as usual, the novel has plenty of research and thought that went into crafting it.
    Unfortunately is does end in a cliff hanger, I guess we will have to wait another year for part 2; Alex is getting GRR Martinesk as he is aging as an author.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 04-03-14
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Solid Wells thriller except for the ending"

    Berenson has maintained a high quality throughout the Wells' series and installment 8 is no exception. The plot is intricate with a well resourced and well connected adversary this time around. While Duto and Schaffer continue to evolve into different roles, Wells remains the pre-eminent spy/detective with assassin's instincts. This time out, Duto receives a tip and Wells investigates, while the CIA believes it's struck gold with a Rev guard informant. Wells performs impressive detective work to uncover the mastermind behind the various plots the CIA informant is passing along.

    The action is less classic John Wells and more the gradual evolution of a middle age spy who prefers to forego the dramatic cinematic action scenes. At the same time, Berenson develops other characters with detailed backstories for additional action. The only ding to the tale is that while Wells does eventually get his man in classic John Wells style, the story ends without full resolution as the major puppetmasters remain at large and largely unidentified, suggesting, hopefully, that book 9 will complete the story arc.

    The narration is simply superb. Guidall is a master of voices, tone, and pacing. His slightly gravelly rendition is perfectly suited for hard nosed spy thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Walker Boulder City, NV USA 03-30-14
    M. Walker Boulder City, NV USA 03-30-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Worse cliffhanger than The Hobbit Pt. 2"
    Would you try another book from Alex Berenson and/or George Guidall?

    Alex Berenson: Yes
    George Guidall: Yes, and in my opinion he is the best reader in my 200+ audiobook library.


    What was most disappointing about Alex Berenson’s story?

    This book felt pointless. Nothing really happened except some drama in the personal life and setting up the plot for the next book in the series. This book easily could have been condensed into the first six or seven chapters and left the next forty to fifty chapters for the body, climax and conclusion.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He is an amazing narrator and really makes any book he reads more interesting and enjoyable.


    Do you think The Counterfeit Agent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    They may as well have put "To Be Continued..." at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book only in a year or so when the next book comes out. I mean, for heaven's sake, the last words of the book are, "twelve days." Meaning, that they have twelve days the finish what they had started. They should have just waited another year and combine this book with the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Putney, VT, United States 06-27-14
    David Putney, VT, United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Where's part 2?"

    I have read all of this series to date and I really liked this story until about what should have been halfway through the book we went to the end. It's as if he hit his deadline and said f**k it, that will have to do. At least warn us next time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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