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The Silent Man | [Alex Berenson]

The Silent Man

It isn't easy to steal warheads from the heart of Russia's nuclear complex in Mayak. It requires a great deal of money, coordination, ingenuity, and sleight-of-hand, and just a touch of luck. But if you're determined enough, anything is possible.
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Publisher's Summary

It isn't easy to steal warheads from the heart of Russia's nuclear complex in Mayak. It requires a great deal of money, coordination, ingenuity, and sleight-of-hand, and just a touch of luck. But if you're determined enough, anything is possible.

It's been a rough few years for CIA agent John Wells. The undercover work in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the attack on the United States, the Chinese plot that could have led to war. Wells is exhausted, and his nights filled with disturbing dreams. But he knows he has no time for that. He has made many enemies, and the world won't stay quiet for long.

Nevertheless, Wells is not prepared for what is about to happen. He and his colleague - and fiancée - Jennifer Exley are driving into work when traffic comes to a standstill, due to accidents on both bridges into Washington. A pretty big coincidence, he thinks, beginning to get a bad feeling - a feeling that only gets worse when he spots the red motorcycle zooming up between cars toward him. Before the day is over, several people will be dead or severely injured, Exley among them, and Wells will be a man possessed.

The attackers are Russian, and it is to Russia that Wells must follow the trail. He finds what he's looking for - but also a great deal more. A plan of almost unimaginable consequences is in motion, and Wells has no idea if he has discovered it in time. The last few years have been rough indeed, but the next few weeks will be much, much worse.

©2009 Alex Berenson; (P)2009 Penguin Audio

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    David Kirby 03-10-09
    David Kirby 03-10-09 Member Since 2010
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    ""The Faithful Spy", ver. 2.0"

    This is a difficult book to judge. I can truthfully say it was well written, well read and engaging. Had I not also read "The Faithful Spy", I would have no problem giving this a big thumbs up. Unfortunately, it is largely a rehash of the earlier book. By itself, I would have to say it is worth reading. If, however, you have already enjoyed "Faithful", you may opt to pass on this given the gross similarities in plot, character, locale, etc.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    08-16-09
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    "another hit for berenson"

    The Silent Man has plenty of action and interesting characters. The main character has appeared in two of the author's previous books, both of which are excellent. The story follows the plot line from the previous book, but this book stands alone quite well. The previous story is explained, without being tedious, in the context of the present, and there will be no problem for the reader who is unfamiliar with this character. Guidall is my favorite narrator for this genre, and he does a fine job with this book. 5 stars!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 03-11-09
    PETER WADE CINCINNATI, OH United States 03-11-09 Member Since 2014
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    "GOOD LISTEN AND INTERESTING BACKGROUND"

    Berenson came out of nowhere and is right in there with Silva and other very talented suspense thriller authors. And, the background of the terrorist environment was enlightening and (I would bet) pretty accurate. Worth it!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 09-06-10
    David Houston, TX, United States 09-06-10 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.

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    "generic ho hum"

    This is generic super agent fare written competently but with little imagination. You do not have to have read any of the previous stories in the series to recognize and understand the recurring characters; you have met them in a score of other books in the same genre. The situation and development of the plot are also familiar.

    There is nothing unpleasant about spending a few hours with this book, but it is never going to shock, touch, or fascinate you, nor will it likely keep you in the car for an extra five minutes because you just can't bear to turn it off. It has been a while since I read a really gripping thriller and I was looking for one. This was not it.

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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-28-12
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    "What can I say....Wells!!!!"

    John wells is becoming a very engaging and wonderful character to follow. This is a great book and overall a really good series. It tugs at you due to the characters history and persona. George Guidall is once again the benchmark to narrators out there. He enhances an already good story to new heights.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 03-30-09
    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 03-30-09 Member Since 2011
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    "I liked this one the best, so far!"

    Once again we are hearing about another aspect of John Wells personality - his relationship with his work. I very much enjoy this character, I also like seeing how he changes or make a mess of his life.

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    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 04-08-15
    Lilly2734 Mentone, AL, United States 04-08-15
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    "Not my favorite"

    I enjoy the foundation of a story as much as the next listener but I got a little bogged down in the beginning. The history and foundation of the story is great, to a degree. I like a little more Wells in the story. At least a 60/40. Got into it after a bit after all the middle Eastern portion thinned out. Still worth the listen.

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    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 03-20-15
    Anita St George San Diego, CA USA 03-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, but too much like Book 1"

    We'll call this book the Sophomore Slump for the John Wells series. Still well written and generally enjoyable to read, it was way too much of a copycat of Book 1. I was happy to see Berenson mix the plot up considerably in Book 3.

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    Pat 08-12-14
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    "Not the best in the series"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    George Guidall is my favorite reader. I could listen to him read the yellow pages.
    The most interesting part in the book was when the terrorists were building the bomb in a barn.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Frankly, I just listened to the book for entertainment and escape from "the real world". Nothing struck me as a topic I would like to learn more about but then I wasn't looking.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    It was just a spy story.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing..it was George Guidall!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I would have Jack played by Jeremy Renner, Kyra Sedgewick (sp.?) the girlfriend, and Joel Kinnamon play Schaefer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Richland, GA, United States 08-07-12
    Amazon Customer Richland, GA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the Price and the Time"
    If you could sum up The Silent Man in three words, what would they be?

    Good Read


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

    Yes, unexpected twists.


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

    Yes, I an hearing impaired but I can understand his pronunciation. Makes for a pleasant experience.


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