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The Secret Soldier | [Alex Berenson]

The Secret Soldier

John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."
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Publisher's Summary

John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia in a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense from the #1 New York Times best-selling author.

John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of the CIA, Wells goes undercover; but the more he learns, the more complicated things become, and soon he, too, is unsure whom to trust, in Saudi Arabia or Washington. One thing, however, is clear: If the conspirators prevail, it will mean more than the fall of a monarch-it may be the beginning of the final conflagration between America and Islam.

©2011 Alex Berenson (P)2011 Penguin

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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 03-07-11
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 03-07-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Curses! Islamists foiled again!"

    There are plenty of good guy American vs Islamist terrorist books out. This one has a fairly unbelievable plot with a few holes but I still found it good for its entertainment value. Thrillers like this are just plain fun to listen to. If you enjoy Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, you will likely enjoy this author. The action is pretty much non-stop so you won't want to put it down. Enjoy!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 03-21-11
    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 03-21-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Save my cat John Wells, on please!!!!!"

    Good fun, recommended in the style of covert spy "read and toss" airplane books. Not particularly believable in any way shape or form, but so what? Pops rights along, good background but at times reads like an action hero story written by wikipedia. Has the pace and form of the movie The Kingdom, which was great. Hmmm, a good portion of this book reads as if it was written while actually watching The Kingdom. And Berenson should bail on trying to write in the love interests in his stories. Why bother, they're thin, pointless and a distraction. "Yes I killed 6 people today, but I love you. Let's have pancakes." Narration and sound is perfectly fine, but Guidall is at times so sonorous that he'll put you right to sleep if you're listening while lying down. Go for it. The Middle East background is reasonably legit, and you'll have a fun listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L. Marino San Antonio, TX USA 02-21-11
    L. Marino San Antonio, TX USA 02-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Grabs and holds your interest"

    As a retired military officer, who spent a year in Vietnam I can attest to the accuracy of this novel. His use of colloquialisms and military routines are dead on. His character painting is vivid and it makes you care about his characters. I couldn't wait to see how the Marines were doing each day as I got my dose of this audio book. It is one of those books that grabs you and holds you throughout. When its over you wish there was more.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 02-15-11
    Frances Garland, Texas, United States 02-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Better Than Faithful"

    The Action is fair but the story moves and doesnt bog down on you. Guidall is fabulous as usual . His narration made the book more enjoyable for me. I liked this side of the Wells character much better than the brooding, pouty guy in Faithful Spy. I thought a request from the King of the House of Saud was a bit out there but we are reading fiction here.. arent we?? Perhaps I will try another in this series.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard Vancouver, WA, United States 03-02-11
    Leonard Vancouver, WA, United States 03-02-11
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    "The Secret Soldier"

    This was my first book from Alex Berenson and he now has a new fan. I enjoyed this book as much as any I have ever read and that is saying something. I will read all his books now. Keep'em coming.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-22-12
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "No regrets"

    I enjoyed the story however I compare every counter terrorist authors skills to Vince Flynn's excellence. This Berenson novel had about 25% of the action that I find in Flynn's action novels. Still, I have no regrets thanks to the superb narration of George Guidall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 02-26-11
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Listen"

    I found this book a little hard getting into this time. I love Berenson and Guidall and will always be a fan. I couldn't give it a high five because some of the story was a little far fetched and it did lag in some areas. I also felt the ending was a bit trite. I loved the Secret Spy much better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 02-17-11
    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2007

    Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.

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    "One of the best fictions I've heard in years"

    A great plot - exciting and satisfying, superbly written and narrated. My only complaint is that it was so short. I have not heard any of the other books in this series but now plan to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 03-24-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 03-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice action book"

    Well written with lots of action. Not very realistic but kept me interested. Berenson is a good writer and could have a much better and more believably developed plot for John Wells.

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    SpyGuysAndGals Raleigh, NC USA 02-21-13
    SpyGuysAndGals Raleigh, NC USA 02-21-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Another Terrific John Wells' Adventure"
    Where does The Secret Soldier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Without a doubt, the John Wells adventures are at the top for excitement, thrills, character development, and just plain enjoyment. The Secret Soldier keeps the impressive streak going strongly as the story grabs you and does not let go.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Wells is the main and by far best character in the series although the supporting players like Shafer and Duto help a great deal.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall never fails to bring to life the various characters, giving recognizable nuances to each character. He never over-emphasizes or exaggerates, letting the words tell the story but definitely doing them justice. I have heard other works by Mr. Guidall and they are all good but his grasp of the John Wells adventures is excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes although life does not let that happen too often. Nevertheless, you look for any opportunity to push 'play' again as soon as you can.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love thrillers and spy novels, the John Wells series is about the best there is and the audio versions are a great way to enjoy them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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