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The Faithful Spy Audiobook

The Faithful Spy

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Thanks to Robertson Dean's menacing narration, this gripping, thinking-person's thriller about a CIA operative deep undercover in al Qaeda is frighteningly real. Once you start listening, you'll find yourself sitting in the driveway with the engine still running. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri, the malicious mastermind plotting more al Qaeda strikes on America, Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wells' superior at Langley, knows quite what to expect.

For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. He has become a Muslim. He finds the United States decadent and shallow. Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA, still reeling from its failure to predict 9/11 or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, does not know whether to trust him. Among his handlers at Langley, only Exley believes in him, and even she sometimes wonders. And so the agency freezes Wells out, preferring to rely on high-tech means for gathering intelligence.

But as that strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley must somehow find a way to stop him, with or without the government's consent.

From secret American military bases where suspects are held and "interrogated" to basement laboratories where al Qaeda's scientists grow the deadliest of biological weapons, The Faithful Spy is a riveting and cautionary tale, as affecting in its personal stories as it is sophisticated in its political details. The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of today's world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.

©2006 Alex Berenson; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

  • Mystery Writers of America 2007 Edgar Award, Best First Novel by an American Author

"Graphic and chillingly real." (Publishers Weekly)
"One could hardly ask for a more skillful, timely, and well-rounded translation of our worst fears into satisfying thrills." (Booklist)

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    Pal*Joey 08-11-06
    Pal*Joey 08-11-06 Member Since 2017
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    "So Real it's Scary!"

    I was fully cognizant, when I purchased this audio book, that it was a work of fiction but it was so real it was scary. Can't help but feel that this is going on in the world as I type. Makes me more aware of the political tug-of-war that goes on between the CIA & FBI and the "no sharing information" rule.

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    Cynthia K New York State, USA 08-11-06
    Cynthia K New York State, USA 08-11-06
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    "Entertaining and TOO timely"

    This was a great book from an author new to me. The characters are well-developed and the "inside information" about Al Qaeda was believable. Though a pro-American read, there was enough ambiguity and the "enemies" were presented sympathetically enough that it wasn't xenophobic. The unabridged version is a quick read, and I wouldn't hesitate to choose it over the shorter one.

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    David Floyd 08-10-06
    David Floyd 08-10-06 Listener Since 2006
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    "Good not Great"

    As I said in my title I thought this book was good not great. I would really rate 3.5 stars but that's not an option. It is certainly very timely and the insight into the Muslim extremist mind was very eye opening. The story just lacked the action and suspense I was expecting. I also felt much of the dialog was a bit clich? and hokey. For the most part I enjoyed the book, but felt it was a bit over hyped in some of the other reviews.

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    Melinda Surprise, AZ, USA 07-19-06
    Melinda Surprise, AZ, USA 07-19-06
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    "Hated to put down"

    This was my first audiobook, ever. At first I didn't think I was really getting into it, but then suddenly I realized that I was hooked and after that I found it hard to "put it down."

    I enjoyed the story itself, even though I was able to see where the author was going before he got there. I liked the currentness of the topic and references, I think that's what made it so easy for me to get into. Overall, I enjoyed the listen and would recommend to others. Just keep in mind this is a work of ficton.

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    Laura Appleton, WI, USA 07-16-06
    Laura Appleton, WI, USA 07-16-06
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    "Loved it!"

    I normally don't read spy novels. But, now I can't wait to read another. This was so exciting and involving. Hope I didn't read the best and will be disappointed in others. Loved Wells and Exley!

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    Steve Anderson Dallas, TX 07-14-06
    Steve Anderson Dallas, TX 07-14-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Every cliche in the book"

    Sorry to dog this one folks, but the author's over-description of detail left nothing for the reader to figure out. We actually found ourselves laughing aloud at the melodramatic spy genre clich?s. Pretty good narrator. Have fun if you buy this, but don't expect to be challenged.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA 07-09-06
    Vincent Chestnut Ridge, NY, USA 07-09-06 Member Since 2016
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    "One battle in the war on terror"

    It kept my interest. One of the better stories.

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    Steven Riva, MD, USA 07-04-06
    Steven Riva, MD, USA 07-04-06 Member Since 2008
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    "Fast Paced"

    This book was action packed and fast paced. It was well written and kept me entertained from beginning to end. It went by very quickly. I'm not 100% sure I agree with the narrator's choice of voice for certain of the characters, but it was fairly inconsequential. He did a solid narration job all-in-all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 06-23-06
    Kathleen Lafayette, CA, United States 06-23-06 Member Since 2017
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    "John LeCarre Fast Forward"

    Well, having finished this book on June 23rd as the FBI sting finds a bungling bunch of "terrorists" holed up with an inside informant as I finished this listen the night before, I woke up trying to clear my mind and figure out which was I remembering the book or Fox news, just kidding... but must say reality inside reality. Expertly done, never over reaching a thrilling personal journal. It could be true... just read See No Evil by Robert Baer... don't miss this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Settle 10-03-15
    Rob Settle 10-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for cat lovers!"

    I love cats! I cringe when a dog is killed in a novel, but I was absolutely revolted by the lurid description of the slow poisoning of a little cat, procured specifically for that purpose. The detailed description of the animal's suffering was way, way too much for me. I stopped at that point and won't read another word written by Alex Berenson.

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