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
Only problem is there are no more books for me to read - I've read them all. I saved this one until I got disgusted with W.E.B. Griffin (or exhausted the best of the series with Dick Hill). It's good. Took me about an hour to change pace. Berenson's character's have considerable depth and dimensions and the description of them can slow down how quickly the store takes hold of you - but once it gets going, it's gripping. This one is the most contemporary of the series and very current in it's plot lines. (While most of them take place in the Middle East, this one is focused on Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear bomb - on how a president would respond to provocation and so on). Worth reading and there is hope for more books since the lead character rediscovered his commitment to his job and his determination to remain involved (earlier books had ended with his questioning the personal costs to his ability to be a father or in a committed relationship with a woman.
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.
I chose this book because I love George Guidall. I was very surprised by the great story and listen. I am a big fan of Daniel Silva and Brad Thor. This was just as gripping and involved as those! I can't wait to get into the next one!
When I read the reviews, I just thought the ending was poor. Instead you are cut off in the middle of the story. Maybe there is a follow up novel, I don't know. The publisher's summary gives no indication you are just getting part 1.
Guidall is an excellent reader, though his gentle, caring voice is probably not the best one for an action spy novel.
I felt I was reading an abridged novel. Some scenes just seemed to be missing. Towards the end, our hero is facing a gun battle with 3 men. In the next chapter, the bad guys are all dead, the hero has escaped back to the US and the evil female boss is mourning the loss of her team. She's wondering what to do next, and that's how the novel ends. ARGH!
Buy something, anything else.
John Wells of course!
He is great at getting out of tough situations and when he has to be ruthless, he is. But not without thought. He doesn't like to kill but knows its necessary when he does. He is all about problem solving and doing the right thing. He does a lot of internal thinking and at times doesn't like what he sees in himself but is pragmatic enough to move on.
I really like the fact that he has a conscience and has a faith. At times he struggles with it, but knows in the end that's all he really has left.
I really have a deep fondness for this series. I skipped a couple books and regret it. I can only be excited to listen to the next book!
You could write a John Wells novel on toilet paper and I am going to read it. This is my favorite character in the genre. I will likely listen again on my runs.
If you haven't listened to Guidall, do yourself a favor: START NOW! He is hands down the best voice on audible.
I just love Vinnie Doudo.
I have tried to think of a better way to express my feelings toward this book and just cant come up with much. It was rambling in many places as if the author was struggling for something to say and in doing so we jumped from one rabbit trail to another and in trying to follow them I often fell asleep then needed to rewind and try to figure out what the dickens was happening. Then we have the ending which was like being slammed into a brick wall. One other thing I find anoying, this author seems to Have The Need to mention Wells being Muslim in some way in this whole series and I have really had it with that. Is Mr Berenson Muslim? Is that the reason he must reference 'allah' in some way in every book? If so I would prefer that he put a rein on that particular Need!! Mr Guidell was terrific as usual but even The Silver Tongue could not save this one.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Was expecting more it was alright but not great......love the genre and I'm somewhat fussy though.....
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