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Publisher's Summary

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

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Great series, but this book was not so great.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes, the series overall is very good and I don't like missing books in a series.

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

George is the best!

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Even the history lessons rivet

Berenson's name should be spoken with the same reverence as Grisham and Rowling. Add his audio narrator George Guidell's name as well. Trust me. Please. Listen. Read.

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Best Yet!

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.

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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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Ellis Shafer is my hero

What did you love best about The Secret Soldier?

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.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

Ellis of course!

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The killing is too easy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I think so but I did tire of the whole assassin thing. Not enough depth of character

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

See the above

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

He is the absolute best out there!

Do you think The Secret Soldier needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not sure. Not if it is just more of the same

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terrible ending, stopped mid story . didn't even

dud not resolve plot. very disappointed. resolved entire story in epilogue . I was very disappointed.

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Awesome story

The story puts the Kingdom of Saud in pretty poor (albeit realistic) light. Never boring....

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Big bad John

John Wells continues as a great central character. Super narration and a good, sometimes complex, story. I will continue to read Alex Berenson.

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Nice action book

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.