Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri, the malicious mastermind plotting more al Qaeda strikes on America, Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wells' superior at Langley, knows quite what to expect.
For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. He has become a Muslim. He finds the United States decadent and shallow. Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA, still reeling from its failure to predict 9/11 or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, does not know whether to trust him. Among his handlers at Langley, only Exley believes in him, and even she sometimes wonders. And so the agency freezes Wells out, preferring to rely on high-tech means for gathering intelligence.
But as that strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley must somehow find a way to stop him, with or without the government's consent.
From secret American military bases where suspects are held and "interrogated" to basement laboratories where al Qaeda's scientists grow the deadliest of biological weapons, The Faithful Spy is a riveting and cautionary tale, as affecting in its personal stories as it is sophisticated in its political details. The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of today's world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.
©2006 Alex Berenson; (P)2006 Books on Tape
"Graphic and chillingly real." (Publishers Weekly)
"One could hardly ask for a more skillful, timely, and well-rounded translation of our worst fears into satisfying thrills." (Booklist)
Not always a great read but a very solid first effort by Mr. Berenson. His insights and characters were both educational and entertaining on several levels. I will look forward to his next effort which , I believe, is due out soon.
The author does a great job in developing the
main characters in a grim story that is so current. The pace is non-stop and riveting.
The narrator is excellent. Did not want it to be over. Well worth
I enjoyed the "fighting terrorism" current events story line, but I have long since tired of orchestrated drama that resolves everything at the last moment's rush.
I bought this book based on the reviews posted here, most of which praise the book from every aspect. I found the book to be very slow paced. The characters were not well developed, the story rambled through a confusings series of sub-plots. There was little detail of the workings of the CIA, FBI, or security services. Most annoying was the narrator, whose deep, husky, monotonous voice was soporific. He sounded like an old disk jockey who smoked too much. He did not bring any characterizations to the story, beyond raising the pitch of his voice a bit to indicate a female speaking. It was very difficult to get through this dull, lackluster presentation. I kept waiting for the part the reviews presented here descibed. They never came. I feel like the boy in 'The Emporor's New Clothes'. This book screams first novel, and the narrator was poor. You have been warned.
I was fully cognizant, when I purchased this audio book, that it was a work of fiction but it was so real it was scary. Can't help but feel that this is going on in the world as I type. Makes me more aware of the political tug-of-war that goes on between the CIA & FBI and the "no sharing information" rule.
This was a great book from an author new to me. The characters are well-developed and the "inside information" about Al Qaeda was believable. Though a pro-American read, there was enough ambiguity and the "enemies" were presented sympathetically enough that it wasn't xenophobic. The unabridged version is a quick read, and I wouldn't hesitate to choose it over the shorter one.
As I said in my title I thought this book was good not great. I would really rate 3.5 stars but that's not an option. It is certainly very timely and the insight into the Muslim extremist mind was very eye opening. The story just lacked the action and suspense I was expecting. I also felt much of the dialog was a bit clich? and hokey. For the most part I enjoyed the book, but felt it was a bit over hyped in some of the other reviews.
This was my first audiobook, ever. At first I didn't think I was really getting into it, but then suddenly I realized that I was hooked and after that I found it hard to "put it down."
I enjoyed the story itself, even though I was able to see where the author was going before he got there. I liked the currentness of the topic and references, I think that's what made it so easy for me to get into. Overall, I enjoyed the listen and would recommend to others. Just keep in mind this is a work of ficton.
I normally don't read spy novels. But, now I can't wait to read another. This was so exciting and involving. Hope I didn't read the best and will be disappointed in others. Loved Wells and Exley!
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