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The Counterfeit Agent (A John Wells Novel) Paperback – January 27, 2015
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Readers’ satisfaction with Berenson’s latest John Wells thriller will depend on how comfortable they are with an open-ended, cliff-hanger ending. An eccentric billionaire is hoping to incite a war between the U.S. and Iran, and the new leaders at the CIA seem to be taking the bait. Former CIA director (now senator) Vinnie Duto and agency analyst Ellis Shafer (now on the outs with management) suspect a scam and engage freelance agent Wells—off the books, of course—to figure out what’s going on. The trail leads first to Mexico and then to Hong Kong and Istanbul, where Wells is captured by a renegade former CIA agent who, together with a mysterious woman, is running the operation. As in the previous installments in this suspense-filled series, Berenson ratchets the tension ever higher, combining plenty of vividly detailed bloodletting with a fascinating look at geopolitics and the self-serving quagmire of governmental bureaucracy. Wells stands outside all that, a Rambo with a brain who can’t resist the call to action. The clock is ticking loudly this time, though, and fans will have to wait until the next book to see if Wells saves the world one more time. --Bill Ott --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“An intelligent thriller of the first order; an exciting, satisfying, and rewarding read.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[A] volcanic shocker.”—Library Journal
“Wells is a fine character who will likely propel Berenson’s thrillers to success for some time to come.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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I hesitate to classify any of these men as thriller writers, although each one definitely uses the elements of that genre, because Berenson and the others infuse their stories with mature dramatic themes that raise their novel above the formulaic. For example, in the Berenson book I’m now reading, a subplot has John Wells challenged by his girlfriend to sacrifice his work with the CIA for the sake of their relationship. The struggle Wells faces adds depth to his character: he loves his girlfriend and he loves his job. In a straight thriller, that type of character development is rare.
Berenson also has a great prose style. Clean, simple, yet elegant in its structure. It’s easier said than done. But it makes for a pleasant reading experience.
Plus, the novel doesn’t offer a simplistic ‘black and white’ world like way too many thrillers. Berenson’s world is complex, like his characters.
These are also the hallmarks that make DeMille and Silva such good reads.
Now that I’ve discovered Berenson, I plan to read more of his stuff.
Iran's intentions. This man's name is Reza. He tells the Americans that a CIA sation chief is going to be killed shortly. The assassin is a former CIA\agent.
He chooses a station chief that he holds a grudge against. The assassin's name is Glen Mason who now goes by the name ofAbraham Duke. He kills the station chief and gives their story authenticity. He is affliated with a group that is trying to provoke a nuclear war between Iran and the United States. This group is headed by a woman named Salome.The next rumor planted by Reza is that the Iranians have planted a nuclear bomb on a ship headed to America. The CIA calls
upon John Wells to investigate. He discovers that the United States is being duped. The American President does a drone strike on Iran. Wells discovers that a billionaire named Aaron Duberman is behing all of this. This story does not get to finish because this is a two parter.
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