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)
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I was thrilled with this purchase. It is a uniquely thorough look at a veteran spy, the toll his work takes on him, and how his past allows him to react to the present. And he is no super hero either. Most of all it a terrific suspense novel.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
I enjoyed the mystery, intrigue and the pace.
The concept of a US spy carrying a Koran around with him and struggling with his faith issues while he was fighting Islamic terrorism was unexpected and yet believable. It brings to light one of the major issues confronting modernity in many countries. Do we dare embrace Islam without compromising our value systems?
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.
I like action, and this book, though well written, didn't have much. All the character analysis and history add nothing. Could be cut by 75% and not lose the plot.
I waited 9.5 hours of the 12 hour book for any action. This is no Tom Clancy novel. While your normal spy or action novel has vignettes that you can't quite piece together by design until late in the novel, this one took far too long for my tastes to start coming into focus.
There are 6 novels in this series and based on my lack of enjoyment on novel 1, I'll happily use my credits for something else. John Wells might be an okay character, but not interesting enough for me to delve into this series.
Jo Nesbo's novels are far more interesting and action packed. Ditto for Jussi Adler-Olsen novels.
I enjoyed the narrator's pace, expressions and intonations so I'll happily enjoy his performances on another author's work.
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.
I took a chance on this book because of the brief narrative and ended up truly enjoying the book all because of the narrator Robertson Dean. He made the book truly worth listening to. He gave the book a heart and soul. I so enjoyed his reading that I have been searching for other books that he has narrated.
Most reviews of this novel suggest that it's better than basic genre fiction. Maybe there's a rewarding story in there somewhere, but it's delivered in such a long string of cliches that I just lost heart. The dialogue and character introspection are perfunctory; the prose is serviceable but nothing more. Current events and vague flag-waving don't make a compelling spy novel. Guess I don't quite get why this book is so popular...
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