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
The intrigue in the story line about the influence of the royal family on the US economics hits close to home. The House of Saud was depicted with accuracy and not overly embellished giving the reader a realistic possibility of events that could happen.
This book was not filled with a bunch of fights and shoot outs. The ones that were included were good but in some cases not as accurate as I would have liked. However, I did enjoy the raid of the terrorist camp most because the good guys went in, got the job done, and came away with a young would-be terrorist to question and later save his life for the better.
I have listened to numerous George Guidall's books and in some cases I will only buy a book of Guidall is the one performing it. He is so good at what he does that there is no close second, maybe Scott Brick, but that would be it. Anyone considering become a listener should buy their first book with George Guidall narrating to give them a chance becoming a life time listener.
No, no extreme reaction, but there were parts where I did laugh out loud. The dialogue between John Wells and Ellis Shafer is riveting and at times laugh out loud funny. Shafer's ability to use dry and at times dark humor is funny, but not over the top.
Any Alex Berenson novel is a must read. Recommend starting at the beginning with The Faithful Spy and proceeding through all 9 books. I started at the end, went to the beginning and am working my way through some missed books now. Enjoy.
I came to this series with some skepticism and now I am totally hooked. Excellent stories. Real dilemmas that bring the tensions of the Middle East to life in a respectful and informed way.
Makeup Artist in Wasington DC. Area loves listening to my audible books while making jewelry or cooking.
With what is happening in today's world it was like listening to the evening news. Very well read..... And story was filled with lots of twist and turns.
yes, the series overall is very good and I don't like missing books in a series.
George is the best!
Berenson's name should be spoken with the same reverence as Grisham and Rowling. Add his audio narrator George Guidell's name as well. Trust me. Please. Listen. Read.
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
The fifth book in the John Wells series was better than the previous two in many ways. I liked the underlying storyline of this novel. I enjoyed learning a little about the Saudi Royal famil. I enjoyed the various travels by air and seas. But, for me, the key to whether I like a book is always character development. John Wells is a richly developed protagonist. This book let me learn more about his life and his past. I always like when there are bits of story told through flashbacks.
However, I took away one star due to the ending which was horrible. The story fell apart and it left me wanting more - but not in the good way. Bummer. Nevertheless, number six is definitely in my queue.
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