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The Faithful Spy Audiobook

The Faithful Spy

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Thanks to Robertson Dean's menacing narration, this gripping, thinking-person's thriller about a CIA operative deep undercover in al Qaeda is frighteningly real. Once you start listening, you'll find yourself sitting in the driveway with the engine still running. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Award, Best First Novel by an American Author

"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)

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    JoeH Anderson, SC, United States 04-28-07
    JoeH Anderson, SC, United States 04-28-07
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    "Ever Faithful Spy"

    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

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    Michael Coconut CReek, FL, USA 04-15-07
    Michael Coconut CReek, FL, USA 04-15-07
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    "Best so far"

    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!

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    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 03-31-07
    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 03-31-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    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.

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    S. Schieber McMinnville, OR United States 03-24-07
    S. Schieber McMinnville, OR United States 03-24-07 Listener Since 2002
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    "On the mark!"

    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.

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    Tim Rocklin, CA, United States 02-25-07
    Tim Rocklin, CA, United States 02-25-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't start if you can't finish"

    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-.

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    Nandita 02-06-07
    Nandita 02-06-07
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    "Well Depicted Characters"

    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.

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    S. Harvey 11-01-06
    S. Harvey 11-01-06 Member Since 2014
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    "GRIPPING"

    Excellent plot, well written, and splendid narration. Don't miss it.

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    Iwan 09-12-06
    Iwan 09-12-06 Member Since 2008
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    "love it"

    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.

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    PA Law 09-09-06
    PA Law 09-09-06
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    "Chilling and riveting"

    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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    Amazon Customer 09-07-06 Member Since 2014
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    "The best!"

    This is a sleeper, meaning if you don't move through the first couple chapters, you'll miss one of the best stories yet. You'll enjoy it.

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