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The Ghost War | [Alex Berenson]

The Ghost War

CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.
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Publisher's Summary

CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

©2008 Alex Berenson; (P)2008 Penguin

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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 03-01-15
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 03-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great writing, marginal plot"

    "The Ghost War" is very enjoyable, difficult to put down. As it ended, I reflected that the plot actually wasn't that good - if I described it, it wouldn't sound that interesting. But, Berenson is such a good writer, that I thoroughly enjoyed "The Ghost War." Not quite as good as the first book in the series, but still very good. I'm starting the third book immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 02-20-15
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 02-20-15
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    "Bit of a reality stretch but makes a good story"

    I'm really getting into Berenson and with George Guidall it comes out as a dynamic duo. Duplicating a nuke is a bit of a stretch but still makes for a good story. And for me, that's what it's all about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Carver KY 04-21-14
    J. Carver KY 04-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unfinished business at the end"

    I enjoyed everything it about the book but the ending. It was a bit anticlimactic and left much unfinished business with the arms dealer and the mole.

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    TreeClimbs 04-29-13
    TreeClimbs 04-29-13

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    "mostly derivative from many thrillers"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    this is the second of the series i heard.the rush to finish the story ruined its buildup. suddenly the war never happens, alls right with the world. It was clear the author reached a point where after long buildups, he wanted it ended whether it matched the introductory story or not. I may try the next in the series in the hope there is a better plot and windup...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    like falling off a cliff, it is suddenly over.


    What aspect of George Guidall’s performance would you have changed?

    fine voicing and pacing. as good as a reader gets


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Scofield 03-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Alex Berenson again?

    I hope this isn't an example of his other books. I mistakenly downloaded another title before I listened to this one. I won't make that mistake again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    Yes, I have other books that he did.


    Any additional comments?

    After 2 hours of listening to this I gave up, it jumped around to so many different people and plots and none of them seemed to relate to the other except that CIA is somehow involved.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-28-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-28-12
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    "John Wells does it Again!!!!"

    This is truly a great story that just keeps you entertained throughout. George Guidall is without a doubt one of the best narrators out there. His voice is as much the story as the book itself. A wonderful wonderful 2nd book of the series. I highly recommend.

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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-19-10
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 05-19-10 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "a must read"

    This really was an awesome read plenty of action and twists and turns.Do yourself a favor and get this book.

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    Margaret Dublin, CA, United States 01-04-10
    Margaret Dublin, CA, United States 01-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Not as good as Faithful Spy"

    OK book, blot not very plausible. Ending is a bit too quick and solution not realistic. Trying to tie the rise of China into war with terrorism seems far fetched. Book saved by good characterization of main character. Good audio reader.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    SamAnh 10-26-09
    SamAnh 10-26-09 Member Since 2010
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    "unrealistic"

    I really did not think the Chinese characters made any sense. I especially think the turn coat was not believable. I would not recommend this unless you have exhausted this genre.

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    Russ Potomac, MA, USA 02-01-09
    Russ Potomac, MA, USA 02-01-09 Member Since 2014
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    "...more of the same"

    ...if you like the NYTimes, you'll appreciate this; condemnation of US practices and confirmation of the correctness of PC thought

    28 of 63 people found this review helpful

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