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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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    i am not sure i would have changed anything it was great all around. filler word filler word

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    Johnl P 02-03-16
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    "Typical right-wing macho nonsense"

    See title for an honest one line review. Yeehaw torture is cool and America is awesome!!

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    Clifford 01-28-16
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    "EVERY MOMENT!"

    I enjoyed every moment. I love this story reveals the Light in being a Muslim as well as the lunatic fringe being just that. I enjoyed all the characters. Very realistic. Great Story... Great book.

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    Daniel Encinitas, CA, United States 06-09-15
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    "A Mitch Rapp follow up"

    Go story with lots of info about the CIA. I will get the next in series.

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    "just starting this series"

    I'm fairly new to the audio book world. I started with Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp. I'm totally hooked. Next Brad Thor and it was ok very entertaining but I started wondering if I was going to find anything close to my "first". Well this comes as close to it as I'm likely to get it seems. Can't wait to start the next one especially with George Guidall narrating.

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    "First book in the series is great!"

    Very enjoyable, with realistic action, realistic characters, and a solid plot. Good writing, a "can't-put-it-down" type of book. Definitely look forward to the rest of the series.

    The narration was ok, but I thought John Wells sounded too gravely, a little annoying. VERY happy to see that George Guidall is narrating the rest of the series, he is one of the best.

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    "Believable premise, and often gripping"

    This is a modern day terrorist suspense story, and was more like 3.5 stars.I don't read a lot of spy novels, but other people seemed to like this one, so I thought I would give it a try. I was glad I did. The plot itself is gripping, and is the real draw here. It seemed plausible, and as a side note, all the references to NSA were interesting. The book seemed to lag at the parts about the love story, and at some of the parts about the character's interior lives. Most characters came off as a little cardboard. But still, the author tried to make them at least somewhat human, and he avoided outright caricatures. The narration was fine, but it's hard for macho-sounding guys to have to suddenly do female voices.

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    this story is plausible, so it was really easy to connect with the characters. I enjoyed the sexual tension between the main characters and hope to hear them together again.

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    "Riveting and thoughtful."

    I have just discovered Reginald Hill and now am moving through his works via Audible. The Faithful Spy respects the reader/listener on so many levels. The characters are fully drawn, the conflicts real and set against the backdrop of September 11 when so many Americans were murdered and terrorism and Jihad, Al Queda became words of the realm. This could have been called the lonely spy as we watch the protaganist undercoverr in Afghanistan and America as the outsider in danger from real forces and his own emotions.
    Robertson Dean is a masterful narrator when it comes to dialects, tone, definition of the characters.

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