John Wells

16 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 25,334 ratings

The Faithful Spy 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
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  • Book 1

    • The Faithful Spy

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,553
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,531

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Faithful Spy

    • By Margaret on 12-14-09

    Regular price: $35.93

  • Book 2

    • The Ghost War

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,720
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213

    CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'd listen to George Guidall recite the tax code

    • By K on 05-25-15

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 3

    • The Silent Man

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780

    It isn't easy to steal warheads from the heart of Russia's nuclear complex in Mayak. It requires a great deal of money, coordination, ingenuity, and sleight-of-hand, and just a touch of luck. But if you're determined enough, anything is possible.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • generic ho hum

    • By David on 09-06-10

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 4

    • The Midnight House

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,022
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577

    Early one morning, a former CIA agent is shot to death in the street. That night, an army vet is gunned down in his doorway. The next day, John Wells gets a phone call. Come to Langley. Now.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Finely crafted

    • By Moku on 10-09-10

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  • Book 5

    • The Secret Soldier

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,662

    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."

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Curses! Islamists foiled again!

    • By Book and Movie Lover on 03-07-11

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    • The Secret Soldier

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The brand new John Wells thriller from New York Times best seller Alex Berenson. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah fears he is fast losing control of his family and his people. A series of terrorist attacks has put his kingdom on edge and, with powerful factions operating against him, the king must turn to the one man he has been told will make the difference. Ex-CIA operative John Wells knows all too well how covert internal battles can undermine a nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic but frightening storyline

    • By Calum on 10-13-12

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 6

    • The Shadow Patrol

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • John Wells -- A new American Hero

    • By Bonnie-Ann on 03-04-12

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Shadow Patrol

    • John Wells, Book 6
    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Those in power always need an unofficial option. In 2009, the CIA’s Kabul station fell for the claims of a source who promised to lead them to Osama bin Laden’s hideout, but instead blew himself up, taking several senior officers with him. Two years later the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and no one knows who to trust. John Wells reluctantly agrees to investigate, returning to the country where his career as an undercover operative began. There he finds a viper’s nest of hostility - and clues that hint at a drug-trafficking operation....

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  • Book 7

    • The Night Ranger

    • A John Wells Novel, Book 7
    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

    Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wells is finally moving out of the desert

    • By Michael G Kurilla on 03-02-13

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Night Ranger

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Four American friends working at a giant refugee camp in Kenya get far more than they'd bargained for when they decide to take off for a well-earned break. Bandtis hijack their Land Cruiser, and they awake in a hut: hooded, bound, without food or water - hostages. Enter ex-CIA agent John Wells, who is sent to try to find out what happened. But John is no expert on kidnappings or East Africa. What he finds is like nothing he's ever seen before, and makes him question everything he's previously been told. Only one thing is certain: The clock is ticking....

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  • Book 8

    • The Counterfeit Agent

    • A John Wells Novel, Book 8
    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • OH COME ON THAT WAS STUPID

    • By vishal on 02-26-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Counterfeit Agent

    • John Wells, Book 8
    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    This is New York Times bestseller Alex Berenson's eighth gripping spy novel featuring ex-CIA agent John Wells, for fans of Robert Ludlum and David Baldacci. In an Istanbul hotel, a source warns that Iranian forces intend to kill a CIA station chief. Ex-CIA agent John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get very far, the tip comes true. Which means the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it's a big one: a radioactive package has been put on a ship from Dubai to the United States.

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  • Book 9

    • Twelve Days

    • John Wells, Book 9
    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,868
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,683
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678

    Wells, with his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto, has uncovered a staggering plot, a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But they have no hard evidence, and no one at Langley or the White House will listen. Now the President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran - furious and frightened - have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells, Shafer, and Duto know they have only twelve days to find the proof they need.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Most Under-Appreciated Man on Earth

    • By Snoodely on 04-03-15

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 10

    • The Wolves

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

    John Wells has just barely managed to stop an operation designed to drive the United States and Iran into war, but the instigator himself disappeared behind an impenetrable wall of security. Now it's time for him to pay, and Wells has made it his personal mission. There are plenty of crosscurrents at work, though. The White House doesn't want anybody stirring the pot; his old CIA bosses have their own agendas; and other countries are starting to sniff around, sensing something unusual.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Yet!

    • By Phil on 02-11-16

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 11

    • The Prisoner

    • A John Wells Novel, Book 11
    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122

    Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable - passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole's identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it Wells will have to do something he thought he'd left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Winner from Berenson

    • By Snoodely on 02-04-17

    Regular price: $31.50

  • Book 12

    • The Deceivers

    • By: Alex Berenson
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

    When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share - and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Topical political/espionage thriller!

    • By Wayne on 02-07-18

    Regular price: $31.50