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The Secret Soldier Audiobook

The Secret Soldier

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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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    Alma Goehner 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good book."

    good story keept you interested the entire time. narrator was consistant with the reading entonation.

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    S. Bullard China 05-09-16
    S. Bullard China 05-09-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Good series"

    Good Series really enjoying the twist and turns of the plot John wells carector is very good

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    J. Boyer Wi, USA 04-22-16
    J. Boyer Wi, USA 04-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great series, but this book was not so great."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes, the series overall is very good and I don't like missing books in a series.


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

    George is the best!


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    John P. DERMODY Phoenix, AZ 04-10-16
    John P. DERMODY Phoenix, AZ 04-10-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Even the history lessons rivet"

    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.

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    Kelly Colorado Springs 02-27-16
    Kelly Colorado Springs 02-27-16 Member Since 2016

    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.

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    "A fun ride. A weak end."

    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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    Meg E Dobson United States 02-23-16
    Meg E Dobson United States 02-23-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Yet!"

    Begin with Book 2, not 1. By this book in the series the story has found its true and shining voice. It is simply a perfect mix of politiical ntrigue and shining humanity.

    The character depiction of the 90-year-old Saudi King from his grief to anger to unresolved revenge was beautiful.

    For the first time in the series, the link from clue to clue was solid and possible. Other than that would be reporting of spoilers--so pick this one up and read it or enjoy George Guidall's excellent narration.

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    Greg 02-08-16
    Greg 02-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Entertainment"

    Disclosure: This is not my genre. That said, I have enjoyed this series. The stories are well crafted. Everything seems to fit without being transparent. The characters are consistently drawn story to story. Throughout there is very little call for suspension of disbelief despite inherent unreality. George Guidall’s narration adds to the quality of the series. I’ve given each 4 stars but would give the series 5. In short, these stories are great entertainment for very little effort on the part of the listener.

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    C. Fainn 07-05-15
    C. Fainn 07-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ellis Shafer is my hero"
    What did you love best about The Secret Soldier?

    Loved the story and John Wells' character but have a newfound love of the character Ellis Shafer. I love Ellis dearly - he keeps me laughing! George Guidall narrates these stories fabulously. He is my all-time favorite narrator.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Ellis of course!


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    Sally Filler 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The killing is too easy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think so but I did tire of the whole assassin thing. Not enough depth of character


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    See the above


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He is the absolute best out there!


    Do you think The Secret Soldier needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not sure. Not if it is just more of the same


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    "terrible ending, stopped mid story . didn't even"

    dud not resolve plot. very disappointed. resolved entire story in epilogue . I was very disappointed.

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