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Publisher's Summary

John Wells goes undercover as the threat of nuclear war skyrockets between the United States and Iran, in the cutting-edge new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author.

In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it's a big one. We've put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It's a test run.

As the threat level jumps and the government mobilizes, something still doesn’t smell right to Wells' old CIA boss Ellis Shafer, and so he sends Wells on a private mission to find out what's going on. But the two of them are swimming against the tide. From Guatemala to Thailand to Hong Kong to Istanbul, Wells uses every skill he has, including his ability to go undercover in the Arab world, to chase down leads. But it might not be enough. Soon there might be nothing anyone can do to pull the United States back from the brink of war.

©2014 Alex Berenson (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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Needs a good ending

I think the book is good, but the ending is very weak. Not the usual caliber.

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least satisfying ending, but I'll hang in there

love series beginning w/ book 2. will see if next gets more satisfying. ending is incomplete like a YA book cut into 3rd or half.

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Best John Wells book yet

Can't really understand the negative reviews on this John Wells installment. It was like a mix of James Bond and Jack Bauer. I usually only listen to audio books on my commute, but I was so into this book , I was listening at home as well. Great listen.

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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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Cliffhanger ending

Not bad until the end.

I was disappointed in the previous John Wells book so I was glad to see that this one had more action. But I was annoyed when the "mastermind" behind the plot was revealed. I felt it came out of left field. If this person had even been hinted at in the book I had missed it. And then it just ended! Cliffhanger endings aren't my favorite.

As usual, George Guidall is perfection!

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Too slow

There are too many names to keep; straight, a slow book, too wordy and a boring story.

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Another great book!

So glad this author was recommended. I love his books and his characters.

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Great listen

Enjoyed this as well as the entire John Wells series. Can't wait for twelve days

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Good Listen

Good book, bogs down for awhile in the middle. Love the twist into the next book, and am glad I don't have to wait!

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  • Mentone, AL, United States
  • 06-21-15

Perhaps the only one but I thoroughly enjoyed it

I'm a bit perplexed at all the negative reviews on this one. I almost skipped it based on that but glad I didn't. Can't help but wonder whether John Wells is being phased out to some degree since there were other characters in this one. Other action characters. I'd hate to see him go but the books have started mentioning his age more and more often. Guess we'll see. I've tried to read the books in order so perhaps my speculation will be addressed soon.