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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,090 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 2012 ISBN: 9781101538463
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] winning novel.”


  • “[A] compelling...spy thriller...This consistently interesting series shows no signs of running out of steam.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator George Guidall’s character differentiation is clear and clean. He provides an extensive repertoire of character portrayals—from Saudi businessmen and Pashtun warlords to snarky teens. Guidall’s famous tough-guy voice is particularly useful in this story replete with Delta Force snipers, CIA operatives, and front-line soldiers.”


  • “Berenson paints a vivid, verisimilar portrait of Afghanistan, the enormous US military installations there, and the country ‘outside the wire.’ A fine thriller.


  • “Fans of Berenson’s previous Wells novels will find more to like here, including plenty of superbly paced action sequences...[A] highly enjoyable series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/10/2014

    " This is definitely a series to recommend after folks have exhausted Vince Flynn and Lee Child. I liked the multi-layered plot involving a high level commander bent on revenge, using his soldiers as drug traders, who in turn murder within their ranks. The hero, John Wells, is intelligent and brave and there is a great deal of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Donhiser | 2/4/2014

    " Really Enjoyed the story.good writer, page turning drama "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agatha | 1/11/2014

    " This is a worthy entry in this series about John Wells, a CIA operative who has spent years undercover in the Middle East "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/2/2014

    " John Wells book 6 and another great addition to the series. More military than espionage thriller this time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/13/2013

    " Standard fare. Nothing special here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 9/18/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing character: John Wells; Wells returns to Afghanistan at the behest of his former bosses at the CIA to find a CIA mole and stumbles on a much larger conspiracy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Schlutow | 8/28/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books.. Berenson is one of the better authors of this genre.. Bottomline of the book: Wells has to return to Assghanistan (reference from the book), and track down illegal heroin trafficking from their back to the US.. I highly recommend this book--a very good easy read.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dagmar | 6/14/2013

    " Really enjoyable. I also like the main character, he isn't like many of the cookie-cutter heroes right out of central casting. I also appreciate that Berenson includes a view of Islam in his stories that touch the Muslim world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 4/4/2013

    " Alex's first hand knowledge of Afghanistan lends authenticity to all his novels. I enjoy his characters and how he brings another part of the world alive in my mind - especially one that has been constantly in the news over the course of the last several years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc Berman | 3/19/2013

    " A good series featuring John Wells. This was definitely the weakest of the 6 books in the series but still worth the read. Good insight into the goings on in Afghanistan. Looking forward to the next entry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn Amundson | 3/8/2013

    " DNF. My first read of this series and my last. Got to about page 150 and realized that I just wasn't interested in the plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 9/5/2012

    " It was OK at best. Berenson had difficulty in developing a story line and characters that you really care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belita | 8/13/2012

    " Another of my favourite characters "

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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.