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The Faithful Spy | [Alex Berenson]

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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    A. Mattison Dallas, TX 03-09-09
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    "Faithful Spy - Best Spy Novel"

    This is one of the best spy novels I have read/listened to. Alex Berensen is a master a writing a thrilling tale. The narrator does an excellent job of capturing the emotions of the hero. Highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 07-01-06
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 07-01-06 Member Since 2001
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    "Absolutely the Best Thrilling, Griping, Realistic"

    I have been an Audible Listener for over 10 years and rarely write reviews. This has to be one of the absolute best listens ever... Definitely within the top 5 out of over 320 books.

    The narrator is EXCELLENT and really highlights all the nuiances of all the characters. The gripping story line flows smoothly and rapidly but with great attention to details without being too "flowery." The best part and the SCARIEST part of this book is that it could easily be real life story ... thank goodness that this is fiction... until United States goes on the next code yellow....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Abuta-gun, Japan 06-03-06
    John Abuta-gun, Japan 06-03-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Great stuff"

    Yes, I agree with the overwhelmingly positive rating of this book. Realistic, excellent characters and not the usual amount of tired cliches. The narration is above average too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy Albemarle, NC, United States 04-17-08
    Tommy Albemarle, NC, United States 04-17-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Author"

    This is my first book from Alex Berensen and as soon as it was over I came straight to see if he had more books listed, so I guess I enjoyed it immensely. I've worked in arabic countries, and really enjoyed the Islamic culture aspects. The narrator does a good job with the pronounciation as well. Overall a very good book. Kept me listening constantly until the end.

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    Andy Rochester, NY USA 03-10-08
    Andy Rochester, NY USA 03-10-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Top notch spy story"

    it's difficult to write contemporary spy thrillers and have them be believable and entertaining at the same time but this author succeeds. the reader isn't the best in Audible but he's very good.

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    James columbus, OH, United States 09-12-07
    James columbus, OH, United States 09-12-07 Member Since 2006

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    "good not great"

    This is a good book, not great, and only at the end was it hard to "put down". Tragically, after 9/11, there is a lot of truth in the book, as far as sleeper cells and people wanting to hurt america. I would recommend Silva, Steve Berry, Brad Thor over this book

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    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 07-28-06
    Jim St. Louis, MO, USA 07-28-06 Member Since 2002
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    "took a chance"

    If your a long time listener like myself, you occassionally are "caught up" on hearing your favorite authors. I found the need with a road trip coming up to pick someone I had never heard before. WOW.... hands down the best book I've heard in the last year ! Well written, believeable characters, great reader.... I can't wait to find another by him. Do yourself a favor ...listen to this book.

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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 06-13-06
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 06-13-06 Member Since 2003

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    "Come to Bed!"

    I recommended this book to my husband, e.g., nagged him until he started it. Unfortunately, he started the first download at 11:00 last night and finished it before coming to bed. He was still sleeping when I left for work at 8:00. It is that kind of book. It caught me off guard more than once and not many books can do that. Strongly recommend for anyone who appreciates a good story and an excellent reader.

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 03-03-10
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    "Very Engaging"

    Wow, I can't wait to listen to the next in the series. I didn't think I would like it as much as Daniel Silva's spy novels but I did!

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    Bill Middlebury, VT, United States 11-26-08
    Bill Middlebury, VT, United States 11-26-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent, Like Ludlum at His Best"

    Probably the best suspense novel I've read in the post-911 era. An edge-of-your-seat thriller that gets better as it develops.

    We need more from Mr. Berenson (Ghost War), Audible!

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  • Marielouise
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    "Stunning. Best spy/thriller have heard"

    An absolutely brilliant audiobook. Totally believable. Characterisation rich - author gives a balanced view of both sides of this conflict through his characters - even the lesser characters are very believable, plot completely gripping, and yet I didn't want it to end.

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    "The Faithful Spy"

    Best audio book I have herd so far out of 20 similar books.
    Couldn't stop listening !!

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  • Anna
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    "A step beyond an average thriller."

    This novel grips from page one and is an intelligent and skillfully written account of the inherent conlicts within modern day espionage. The author takes a huge step beyond a good yarn and tackles the complex and lonely existence of a government agent who goes deep undercover for a protracted period of time. His hero stradles two worlds belonging and yet not belonging to either.
    This is a challenging and fascinating listen enhanced by a splendid reading by Robertson Dean.
    Highly recommended for the thriller fan.

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    "A good read"

    I really enjoyed this book, very plausible and well read, the best audiobook I have listened to yet.

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  • Dr. Laurence G. Measey
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    "A good, intelligent, modern spy thriller"

    Undercover agents have to learn their biographies so well that it becomes their number on operating story. Well does this so well that over the years he becomes his new self with understandable doubts as to the morality of his own country, America. It is, however, the same moral perspective that convinces him to accomplish his mission. Well written with some fine tense moments, neat twists and the menace of real danger. Not to be missed as this is the first spy story from a major writer of modern thrillers.

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  • Shaun
    Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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    "GRIPPING........."

    Well written, well researched and well told.
    The author was (or still is??) a jounalist and I think it is clearly evident in this well researched book. The characters and plot are completely beliveable and it doesn't take long to get completely immersed in both.
    Definitely the most exciting book I've read (listened to!!) for a long time. This should be further up the list of top sellers - read it - you won't be dissapointed.

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