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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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    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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    richardkornman 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    Brett 02-27-15
    Brett 02-27-15
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    "Awesome story"

    The story puts the Kingdom of Saud in pretty poor (albeit realistic) light. Never boring....

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    John 01-11-15
    John 01-11-15
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    "Big bad John"

    John Wells continues as a great central character. Super narration and a good, sometimes complex, story. I will continue to read Alex Berenson.

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 03-24-13
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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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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    Spy Guys And Gals 02-21-13

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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.

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    Doug Sandy, OR, United States 01-14-13
    Doug Sandy, OR, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not quite as exciting a storyline as previous book"
    Would you listen to The Secret Soldier again? Why?

    Possibly. I did not find the storyline to be as exciting as previous books but it was still an enjoyable listen. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was good but I was not quite on the edge of my seat like I have been with the previous novels.


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

    Yes, several. George Guidall is awesome as always. My favorite narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    Berenson has proven to be an excellent story teller and does an excellent job of keeping you on the edge of your seat, making your want to read the next book. Well done.

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    Phil 12-07-12
    Phil 12-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Different"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure I will listen to another of his books. some of the basis of the character was just not believeable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    nonr\e

    0 of 0 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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    "Good book"

    The story I admit is a little far fetched in terms of believability but it is very entertaining and full of suspense. It is a very good book overall and a great listen for those John Wells fans.

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    JayCee Sioux Falls, SD, United States 09-26-12
    JayCee Sioux Falls, SD, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Love John Wells"

    I've read the entire John Wells series and they are all wonderful. Alex Berenson has created a hero that we can't stay away from.

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