©2008 Alex Berenson; (P)2008 Penguin
I read the first Berenson in the John Wells series and it was a great read. As always though Guidall is the best and really brings alive the characters. Have to say whenever Guidall is Narrating its always worth the listen!!
So he brings along animal tranquilizer darts to disable the house guards, but didn't consider bringing a dart for the guard dog? What's that for - to gain our sympathy for the poor guy having to shoot the dog, which he didn't want to do? Pulllleeeeze. For me, that raises questions about every plan and decision he made, not to mention his motives, from that point on. Based on the first book I thought I'd really enjoy this series, but now I'm sorry I bought the rest on Audible's special sale. Guess I'll go ahead and start the next one, but now my hypercritical switch has been flipped, so it better be really good or they're all going back.
Enjoyed the first book but once I saw George Guidall was narrating the rest in the John Wells series I quickly ordered it. Nothing against the narrator in the first book but Guidall really adds a new dimension of pleasure in listening to The Ghost War. The story was great, sort of reminds me of the Mitch Rapp series which is my all-time espionage/thriller series. Looking forward to continuing the series and seeing how the characters evolve.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
As always, George Guidall, is my favorite narrator. Berenson was smart to switch to him as narrator of his John Wells series, since to me, George Guidall, as narrator, is the heart and soul of the success of the George Guidall's Mitch Rapp series by the author Vince Flynn. This is my 2ND in the John Wells series and I will likely "read" the 3RD. Alex Berenson is an excellent writer of the espionage novel. However, I compare all espionage writers to Vince Flynn, who is my favorite. Berenson's protagonist and hero, John Wells is as capable a counter-terrorist as the Vince Flynn's, Mitch Rapp, protagonist and hero. The difference is that Vince Flynn's, Mitch Rapp, character does not suffer the nightmare's or pains of conscious over killing terrorist as does Alex Berenson's character, John Wells. I tire of John Wells nightmares and moments of guilt laden remorse over all the dead he has racked up. Mitch Rapp sleeps soundly at night with no nightmares because he subconsciously knows he has saved so many innocent civilian lives in exchange for the terrorist he has killed. I prefer the Mitch Rapp character. If I find the John Wells character, in book 3 of this series by Berensen, continues to have pains of guilty conscious over killing, albeit, to save innocent lives, I may stop reading the remainder of the John Wells series. I must credit Alex Berensen for writing a fast paced, action packed and entertaining plot. But I just don't like the guilt trip angle he burdens upon the hero....skip the psycho babble mumble jumble. Let me enjoy the illusion that "Lancelot" believes in " The Impossible Dream" without clanging on his armor every night looking to the stars and screaming "Why....Why....Why...!!!"
As an active / outdoor guy, I love listening to audiobooks while trail running, hiking, etc.
Half of the experience is the story - and the other half is the supurb performance by George Guidall
Yes and no. Yes - great story. No - I listen to all audiobooks while commuting to work - if I pull into the parking lot at the high point of a chapter, I just save it till next time. Not the book's fault.
Absolutely the best audiobook performer I've ever listened to. His ability to play so many different characters, accents, languages, genders - is amazing. I love his voice.
If you like Vince Flynn or Brad Thor, you'll like this book. Some reviews were critical of this book - I have no idea why - it's one of his better ones (I've listened to them out-of-order). If you're politically conservative, you'll love this series. If you're a moderate to far left liberal, you probably hate it. In these books, unlike real life, terrorists aren't treated with velvet gloves.
This is one of those books you listen too that is a real "page turner" thrilling till the end. It does leave you wanted to down load the sequel book to see what happens to our characters. Enjoy
Skip this one, but do check out Faithful Spy, which is excellent. Pointless and not believable, even for this genre.
Yes. It is a very good espionage story and keeps you interested right up to the end. The narrator makes all of the characters come to life. If you like Flynn, Clancy, Griffin, Eisler, and Connelly, you'll like Berensen. Fortunately he just published Book 10 in this series.
When the General came into the cell and shot the three goons beating up John Wells and then helped him escape.
The one in the ocean when the helicopters were hovering over the small boat.
Nothing extreme but it kept my attention throughout the story, right up to the end. Made me want to get the next book in the series. I have 7 to go.
Get the first book and get ready for an exciting and well written series. John Wells is like John Raines in the Barry Eisler books.
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I recieved from a 4.95/book special offer. Before 1/4 through listening, I bought all the remaining at the same price. If you love Baldacci, Michael Connolly, and Craig Johnson, this is for you.
Military tech can get heavy at places. Sometimes I think those heavy sections are a payoff for the author to get access. nevertheless, it's worth it! Although older, it could be today that it happens.
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