Very good book, in the post 911 anti-terrorist genre. I am really into spy novels, and I am glad I found Alex Bereson. I have exhausted classic mast..Show More »er such as John Le Carre, and read through all of Daniel Silva's books. Berenson's is pretty close. For the female spy novel fans, there is just enough romance and internal character emotional struggle to make it not 100% macho.
I read the first Berenson in the John Wells series and it was a great read. As always though Guidall is the best and really brings alive the characte..Show More »rs. Have to say whenever Guidall is Narrating its always worth the listen!!
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..Show More » 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.
I have been reading Alex since his first book came out and he never fails to deliver a combination of intense action with believable characters. I lo..Show More »ok forward to the continuation of the series.
Good fun, recommended in the style of covert spy "read and toss" airplane books. Not particularly believable in any way shape or form, but so what? ..Show More »Pops rights along, good background but at times reads like an action hero story written by wikipedia. Has the pace and form of the movie The Kingdom, which was great. Hmmm, a good portion of this book reads as if it was written while actually watching The Kingdom. And Berenson should bail on trying to write in the love interests in his stories. Why bother, they're thin, pointless and a distraction. "Yes I killed 6 people today, but I love you. Let's have pancakes." Narration and sound is perfectly fine, but Guidall is at times so sonorous that he'll put you right to sleep if you're listening while lying down. Go for it. The Middle East background is reasonably legit, and you'll have a fun listen.
Although this is book 5 from a series, it stands alone with a fabulous storyline and great characters. As the publishers summary intimates this story ..Show More »is set in the middle east and provide a fascinating insight to life in the region.
I mention in the heading 'frightening', I guess I was thinking about this from two perspectives, how oppressed life can be there, but also how easily things can get out of hand if we were to allow that to happen.
So a great story narrated by one of the best, George Guidall makes for a fantastic package.
A warning first, this is a series with a lead character who is developed more in each novel. John Wells is flawed, complicated and you need to start ..Show More »from the beginning. The author does not waste pages and pages (hours and hours as you listen) repeating his character development and the events that have shaped who he is now.
That said, I downloaded this book the day it was released. I started reading Peterson's books as a result of a recommendation from other authors I had read -- Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, Brad Thor. I haven't stopped since. The stories are well-written. The characters are not cookie cutter Good Guys and Bad Guys. You root for Wells and his mission, but you understand why his life is so full of shades of grey.
In this most recent novel, Wells is tasked to finding the source and purpose of drug dealers within the American military in Afghanistan. Are these men just acting for profit? Is there a mole in the CIA (for whom Wells privately works on occasion)? Is there more to these dealings than just greed? The story flows beautifully and Wells continues to work on his own growth as an individual. Great way to escape for a few hours.
Berenson's 7th John Wells installment is another solid effort that delivers. This time around Wells is contacted by his estranged son to assist in the..Show More » rescue of kidnapped Americans in Africa. While the world believes a terrorist plot, Wells pieces together a more complex and sinister evolving series of motivations. As is typical, Wells struggles with his own unique brand of morality and ethical conduct. In the end Wells functions as a microcosm of the confusing mix of US intent and policy all while out-thinking everyone else.
The pacing is excellent with a gradual buildup, leading to an almost non-stop, but unclear where this is headed ending. This time out Wells is not officially CIA, but has their crucial support. At the same time, Berenson throws in numerous plot twists as well as doing an excellent job of interjecting contradictory governmental aims. In addition, the geographical translocation to Africa is refreshing to see Wells out of his element, but still quite capable. Berenson appears ready to move Wells in new directions, both personally as well as operationally.
George Guidall's narration is simply outstanding as would be expected. His range of voices is breathtaking. His flow and tone perfectly match the mood of the story.
I have been such an alex brenson fan.But what the hell. It was going so great and then "EPILOGUE".Are you kidding me. Get on with it and bring it ..Show More »next 2 months or else loose a reader,because I will not buy another book until i know its complete
If you have followed the development of John Wells as a character and you like Berenson's style of writing, this is an audiobook that should not be mi..Show More »ssed.
Berenson has consistently been able to insert a core group realistic but flawed characters into well-developed, exciting plots that reflect current international intrigues. Though Wells and his allies are often bound together by circumstance rather than choice, it's hard not to "pull" for them – even like them for what they are.
For audiobook listeners white myself, continuing to use George Guidall as the performer is a big plus. Not only does Guidall master of a wide range of voices, language and accents, he also understands story pace and transitions.
A reader can start with this ninth novel about John Wells and still be satisfied – though it probably makes more sense to have read/listened to prior novels to appreciate the life transitions of the protagonists.
I look forward to Berenson's next John Wells release.