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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Berenson Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The John Wells Series Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781429592291
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Deep cover CIA operative John Wells barely survived his homecoming when it was thought he'd become too close to the terrorists. Though his wounds have healed, his mind is far from clear. He needs to get back in the fight. And there is a fight waiting for him.

A power play in China is causing chaos around the globe. And even as Wells does what he does best, a mole within the CIA is preparing to light the final fuse that will propel an unsuspecting world toward open war and annihilation. And this time, there may be nothing John Wells can do to stop it...




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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the best spy stories ever told.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The best spy thriller I’ve read in a long, long while.”

    Kansas City Star
  • “The author’s plausible scenario distinguishes this from most spy thrillers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/16/2014

    " Great action drama "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/7/2014

    " A good spy, action novel. A nice follow up to the first book the Faithful Spy. I am excited to read the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 2/6/2014

    " The second in a series - I'm now hooked. Berenson, to me, is a mix of Tom Clancey and Nelson DeMille - fast paced, action packed stories with great characters. I've already got the third book ready to pop open and start today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Halloran | 1/31/2014

    " I really am enjoying these John Wells books. I am going to have to stop myself from reading the all quickly though. I think they will get very predictable. I love that China was the evil in this one though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 1/22/2014

    " Still kinda weird..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Allmaras | 1/14/2014

    " I would probably rate this three and a half stars if I could. Not bad story line criss crossing the world with John Wells. One problem I had was that there were parts where I wanted more story and follow up and others where I wanted less. John Wells is a CIA operative who is also a national hero for breaking up a terrorist cell in Times Square. A little too much into his psyche as he is trying to understand his death wish. His companion and lover Jennifer Exley also a CIA agent are together trying to figure out what is happening to the American troops in Afghanistan as the Talibs are getting better at fighting us and there are rumors of white troops are training them. Who are these people? Then a top secret North Korean nuclear spy for America is outed and the men in charge with his rescue are killed trying to get him out. Then this leads to the discovery of a mole in the CIA who is leaking crucial information that is killing fellow agents. What does this all add up to? Next a top Chinese spy defects. Then a confrontation with China turns explosive. A relatively clever story and still some unanswered questions for John Wells. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/3/2014

    " Better than The Faithful Spy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bayneeta | 12/25/2013

    " I must have read a good review for this, but when the reserve came in I couldn't remember anything about it--it's action/suspense/spy thriller kind of stuff. Then the very day I picked it up, a patron came in looking for the sequel; she'd loved this and could hardly wait to start the next one. For me, just okay. A lot going on. Action moved from Korea to China to Afganistan to the US and back and forth all over the place. May be better read than listened to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 12/10/2013

    " Great page turner with a story ranging from Afghanistan to China. Convinced me to read the rest of the "John Well" series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/18/2013

    " A little out there... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandi | 10/17/2013

    " Maybe not quite as good as the first book in the series, but a really good modern espionage tale. Listened to the audio version read by George Guidall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 10/16/2013

    " I usually don't like war books, but this was very good. good characters and it kept my interest throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan Williams | 7/23/2013

    " Because of some of the negative reviews, I was prepared not to like this book. However, I enjoyed it thoroughly and appreciated the insight into the current political climate in the near and far East. I'm looking forward to starting the next John Wells book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy Ann | 6/13/2013

    " Nothing unique or special about his charaters. In fact, I never felt connected to either of his main characters. They are both void of any emotion. Additionally, I felt he evoted too much of his own political veiws into the story -which was not necessary to make his point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deirdre | 4/22/2013

    " my favorite of alex's books although most prefer one or four. i really liked the chinese leader character. liked that it was less black and white than such books generally are. (and 5 stars is clearly grade inflation since alex is a friend) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob | 11/9/2012

    " Only a CIA spy, in the middle of Beijing, could buy a cell phone off the rack and get an immediate connection on his first call to Washington DC. HELLO, REALITY????!!!!! Cliched standard cookie stuff, easy enough to get through, but I'm not likely to pick up Berenson again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/6/2012

    " If you like thrillers it is fascinating!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Buller | 4/11/2012

    " second book for Berenson. not as good as the first. Somewhat naive plot develops after an excellent opening couple of chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irma Tijerina | 3/2/2012

    " Can't wait to read what other adventures Wells gets himself into. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2011

    " A bit of a disappointment after the brilliance of the first one but I'll keep going with the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/20/2011

    " Definitely not as good of a read as "The Faithful Spy" however I did enjoy the book and couldn't seem to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hollybrimholly | 1/25/2011

    " Generally good, but there seems to be a little too much violence/mature themes in this genre for me.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rex Fuller | 7/30/2010

    " Well written by a well-informed author. I appreciated the accuracy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/8/2009

    " A favourite popcorn read series with the guilty pleasure allayed by the authors above average ability to deal with shades of grey although he lacks the courage to be too controversial. "

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About the Author

Alex Berenson, is the American author of three works of nonfiction and nearly a dozen suspense novels in the John Wells series, of which eight have made the New York Times bestseller list. The first novel in the series, The Faithful Spy, won the 2007 Edgar Award for best first novel. A former reporter for the Denver Post and the New York Times, he covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the flooding of New Orleans to the financial crimes of Bernie Madoff. He graduated from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.