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)
The author does keep the reader guessing. The depiction of his superiors lack of concern and loyalty is pretty close to reality. I look for more by this author
This was the fifth audio book I've listened to so far, the first I've reviewed, and definitly the best. Others were Act Of Treason, Echelon Vendetta, The Kite Runner, and Still Life With Crows. Even though it's fiction it seemed like a true story, especially because real people are included in the characters. And, the twist at the end really caught me off guard. My only complaint is I wish it was twice as long!
One of the most interesting and informative novels I have ever read or heard. The attention to detail, the drama, the character development and the action is absolutely spellbinding. The storyline was balanced and fair to friend and foe.
Excellent audiobook!! I've listened to about 6 books this year in this genre, and this is by far the best.
I, like others, found it hard to stop listening and get on to other things that I was supposed to do.
The narrator does and excellent job, the story is fast-paced, believable, and well-crafted.
I can't imagine anyone regretting getting this book; it's everything an audiobook should be.
Best audio book in my 3 year history with Audible.com. Great story, good character development and exciting all the way through. The plot was believable, realistic and unpredictable. The only flaw was the reader who gets a B-.
The narration for this book was excellent. The characters were interesting, and used to help the Western reader try to understand the varying motivations of the disparate characters. Even the smaller characters had something interesting to add. I very much enjoyed "reading" this book. Although obviously fictional, enough of its themes are drawn from headlines, and the facts from technical journals to give it a realistic undertone.
This is a greet book I have listen to it twice already, and that is not just because I did not have the money to by another book.
Is that the real James bond? This seems more realistic then the old one. You remember him 007 (only when you play with it)
Or maybe it is because I can relate to this it seems to be more percent day. After some time I was wondering if this is really or fiction.
A gripping yarn about just how easily terrorists could penetrate the porous defenses of the U.S. and wreak devasting mayhem. Unlike many books of this genre, the novel captures the behind the scenes workings of intelligence agencies, their blunders and bureaucratic plodding, in a realistic plot with believable characters. No superheroes here. Well narrated and engaging right until the very end.
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