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
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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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.
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.
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.
Ellis of course!
I think so but I did tire of the whole assassin thing. Not enough depth of character
See the above
He is the absolute best out there!
Not sure. Not if it is just more of the same
dud not resolve plot. very disappointed. resolved entire story in epilogue . I was very disappointed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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