John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda....
A major North American hydroelectric dam is blown up and the largest off-shore oil field in this hemisphere is destroyed in a brutal, coordinated terrorist attack....
Before he was considered a CIA superagent, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world. And then tragedy struck....
When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't....
Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away....
John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders....
Former Marine Force Reconnaissance officer Logan West emerges from a blackout after drinking away the worries of his ruined marriage and PTSD, an all too familiar scene for the recovering alcoholic....
Will Robie, a stone-cold hitman, may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career....
When nuclear waste is stolen by jihadists in the middle of the night from an unguarded New York City hospital, the police, in a frantic race against time, call in the FBI....
Rumor has it there's a Russian you can turn to if you're very rich, and need dirty deeds done without a trace....
Pursued by determined enemies and intelligence agencies from both sides of the Atlantic, Victor will soon discover there is nowhere left for him to hide....
A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company.....
In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.
When they ask John Wells to investigate, he reluctantly agrees to return to the country where his career as an undercover operative began. But there, he finds a vipers' nest of hostility and mistrust-and clues that hint at a drug-trafficking operation involving the Agency, the military, and the Taliban. Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. And only John Wells stands in his way... for now.
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 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.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
John Wells returns to roots in "The Shadow patrol" doing what he does best which is to out-man and out-gun his adversaries. The plot begins in a straightforward fashion: events in Afghanistan suggest the possibility of a CIA mole. Wells is sent to investigate in his typical poking around strategy. Eventually he stumbles into a military heroin smuggling ring. Along the way, Wells employs every trick in his tradecraft. Ellis Scheaffer is also involved stateside and displays a flair for acting and exploiting social media in creative ways.
The pacing is tight and the action is continual and well timed. There's a sense of urgency that adds to the dramatic tension. Of particular note is that Berenson recognizes and appreciates that the various sets of players are not always using the same playbook and have sets of non-identical priorities that makes for legitimate conflict. While the introspective aspects of his personality are downplayed, Wells appears to be accepting his lot in life and displays a sense of ownership and resignation for what he must do.
The narration is superb. Guidall is perfectly suited for a cloak and dagger delivery that involves messy resolutions. John Wells is a national asset and this installment further cements his standing.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
The reader made the book better than it was. This story just fades away toward the end. The door started out and I thought this was going to be really good, but in the end it just didn't deliver much excitement.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is John Wells #6. If you haven't read #1-5 (your loss) you are ok. Interesting to see social media used in the spy game.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have enjoyed all of the first six books and am looking forward to #7, which I have already purchased. However, I did find that this one was less entertaining than the past five. Mr Berenson used fewer flashbacks which in the past have highlighted John's life and loves and allowed the reader to make a deeper connection with his character. I missed that aspect of the stories as I am a reader who enjoys knowing the protagonists. The plot was interesting and there were some of the standard twists and surprises one expects in a spy novel, but it wasn't enough to make me give four or five stars.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This is another good book from Alex Berenson. The plot is not as entertaining as previous John Wells novels, but it has a lot of military info. George Guidall makes another fantastic performance. Even if this book was not interesting, George would still keep you listening. He is a master at getting just the right tone and speed for the character's delivery. He tells the story just as I imagine it was intended to be by Berenson. You can't go wrong with any John Wells novel...
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First, a reminder than The Wolves which is Book 10 in the John Wells series will be released on Feb. 9, 2016 and is available for preorder at Audible.
I'm a Fan of Berenson's John Wells series of espionage thrillers. The Shadow Patrol may be my favorite. The novel is set mostly in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012. As I mentioned in a prior review Wells is one of the more interesting of the espionage thriller protagonists.
The novel and the narration earn 5 stars.
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Would you listen to The Shadow Patrol again? Why?
Yes - strong, relateable story line.
What did you like best about this story?
Alex Berenson demonstrated knowledge of the politican climate of the time and also described the cultures clearly and beautifully.
Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I think this might be the first time, I am not sure. But I liked it.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book doesn't live up to the Faithful Spy as far as intrigue and in dept believable story content. It was just alright for me. John Wells, is the Dirty Harry solider that can blend in with the insurgents and take out the bad guys even if they are Americans. The narration by George Guidall is always worth the credit. If you have read any of the other Wells saga's than you may agree with me... if you have not.... I still recommend this book if you can get it on sale.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
this is a great read, goes a little too fast which it was a little bit longer. great reader.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Would you recommend The Shadow Patrol to your friends? Why or why not?
I came in at 12 Days, which was more mature, denser, more engaging. This feels a bit thin by comparison.
Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances? How does this one compare?
George is great.
Any additional comments?
Good but not great. Maybe start at 12 Days and follow with The Wolves