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George Guidall is one of the foremost narrators in the audiobook industry, having recorded more than 800 unabridged novels. His 40-year career includes leading roles on- and off-Broadway and numerous appearances in film and television. He has won an Obie Award for best performance. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- Publication date : February 6, 2018
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- Print length : 447 pages
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (February 6, 2018)
- ASIN : B0722SLMRG
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- Language: : English
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And so I’ll begin by stating this – I’m a huge fan of these novels. I’ve read them all – most of them more than once – and followed Well’s fictional life beginning with the story of how he lived as an undercover agent with Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan, succeeding in earning their trust and becoming the only American agent to actually live and fight with elements of bin Laden’s army.
When Wells returned from Afghanistan to his only slightly less dangerous life as a CIA agent, working the most dangerous and politically critical terrorist cases that came along, he continued to operate mostly as a loner, relying mostly upon his longtime mentor and former boss Ellis Shafer for support, along with the on-again, off-again resources of Shafer’s boss and eventual CIA head and U.S. President, Vinny Duto.
I love these stories because of the uniqueness of the Wells character, particularly in the early novels where he fought his own internal battles between the Islamic faith he had adopted and learned to respect and even love, and his western life that continued to be under threat. This latest chapter in the Wells saga reminds me of those early days as the story finds Wells again testing his abilities to go undercover and convince terrorist leaders that he is one of them.
The Deceivers is set in contemporary times and unlike most John Wells stories, it takes place exclusively here in the U.S. The story concerns a domestic sniper terrorist who has killed two prominent figures, and Wells (with Shafer) work to track him down before he kills again. The story is compelling if not quite the kind of fast moving thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
I enjoy the developing domestic side to Wells, something that has been evolving in the most recent books. In the beginning he is at home, enjoying his young daughter. His son is also present briefly, now grown and getting ever closer to what I assume will be his own adventures and perhaps joining Wells in them.
Over many years of reading novels of this genre, today I have only a very few authors whose works I am certain to purchase. Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels are one. Alex Berenson’s John Wells novels are another. I have been looking forward to this since it was announced months ago, and I had pre-ordered it immediately. When it appeared on my Kindle this past evening as soon as it was released, I opened it up and began reading. I wasn’t disappointed.
For those new to these John Wells stories, this book will be satisfying and it's not necessary to have read the predecessors. Once you have read this story, however, you may well want to go back to the beginning to follow Wells development. Here are the John Wells novels in order of their publication, with links to the books here on Amazon (Kindle versions are linked but hardcover and paperback editions can also be selected on the same page):
Book 1: The Faithful Spy (first published April 2006)
Book 2: The Ghost War (February 2008)
Book 3: The Silent Man (February 2009)
Book 4: The Midnight House (February 2010)
Book 5: The Secret Soldier (February 2011)
Book 6: The Shadow Patrol (February 2012)
Book 7: The Night Ranger (February 2013)
Book 8: The Counterfeit Agent (February 2014)
Book 9: Twelve Days (February 2015)
Book 10: The Wolves (February 2016)
Book 11: The Prisoner (January 2017)
Book 12: The Deceivers (February 2018)
An apparent Islamic terrorist attack in Dallas results in a huge loss of life. Yet, questions arise how could four men cause such damage. John Wells, former agent of the Christians in Action, is called to the White House by President Vinny Duto, who was his former boss at the C.I.A. Duto has received a message from a former intelligence source in Colombia who had information regarding the Dallas attack. John Wells is dispatched to Colombia, on behalf of the president, and this trip becomes violent.
Gathering intelligence in Bogota, Quito and Mexico City, Wells and his linguistic muscle, former marine Winston Coyle start putting the pieces of the puzzle together that indicate Dallas was more than an Islamic attack. While the action continues, author Berenson throws in a sidebar, where a discharged 11 Bravo meets a very attractive blond woman in a bar in Pullman, Washington. This woman appears to have an extremely complicated and dark past. While this reader first saw this as a distraction of the story, in a matter of time, the sidebar became the heart of the story.
Once again, Berenson has created a thriller that is all too real. The only other challenge this reader had was the final chapter. It seemed rushed with an ending that was not so comfortable, with more that needed addressing. Yet, in the epilogue there was a clue that perhaps the story is not yet over. Good job Mr. Berenson.
I found the first third of the book exactly what I expected, great dialogue and set up, the middle third was a little rushed and the final third needed some leaps of faith but delivered, overall very worth reading.
I have read all Alex Berenson's "John Wells" novels, I am very impressed how the main character has evolved and stayed relevant, that in itself is a significant talent and coupled with timely, action-oriented intelligent writing make me a major Berenson fan.
Some books are a grand slam...some are doubles but all are worth reading.
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