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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,238 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Berenson Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The John Wells Series Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781101022481
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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.

It’s been a rough few years for CIA agent John Wells. The undercover work in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the attack on the United States, the Chinese plot that could have led to war. Wells is exhausted, and his nights filled with disturbing dreams. But he knows he has no time for that. He has made many enemies, and the world won’t stay quiet for long.

Nevertheless, Wells is not prepared for what is about to happen. He and his colleague—and fiancée—Jennifer Exley are driving into work when traffic comes to a standstill, due to accidents on both bridges into Washington. A pretty big coincidence, he thinks, beginning to get a bad feeling—a feeling that only gets worse when he spots the red motorcycle zooming up between cars toward him. Before the day is over, several people will be dead or severely injured, Exley among them, and Wells will be a man possessed.

The attackers are Russian, and it is to Russia that Wells must follow the trail. He finds what he’s looking for—but also a great deal more. A plan of almost unimaginable consequences is in motion, and Wells has no idea if he has discovered it in time. The last few years have been rough indeed, but the next few weeks will be much, much worse.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 2/20/2014

    " This guy is easy to read - fast paced spy thrillers. John Wells (hero) is totally unbelievable so if you require "reality" in your thrillers you might not go for this guy. But as a hero - he is like an action figure - invincible, highly skilled, impervious to danger or nerves and apparently doesn't need to eat or sleep or do normal human things like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 2/20/2014

    " full spead ahead thriller. Alqaida brings in a nuclear warhead to the US, upstate NY. In a barn off a farm house they start putting together the warhead. Will they manage to transport it to Washington DC and blow up the White House? Will the CIA agent be able to stop them? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 2/9/2014

    " Intro to Berenson. Believe I will wish I had read the other two first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skip | 1/28/2014

    " Third John Wells novel. Trying to lead a normal life with Jen Exley, Exley is shot in a revenge plot by an arms mercenary, who later reaches detente with Wells by helping track down Islamist terrorists with a nuclear weapon. The theft/smuggling of the Russian nukes is a very good story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 1/14/2014

    " Realized I had already listened to this one...a good read but somewhat tiresome and tedious at times. One can only take so much terrorism rhetoric and nuclear jargon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve O'Brien | 1/14/2014

    " Berenson does a superb job with characterization, especially with Wells. Well researched and convincing. My only reservation was with the ending. Very abrupt and not consistent with the rest of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Hagar | 1/13/2014

    " carries on where the first tow left off - generally believable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B K | 1/10/2014

    " I really like the John Wells character and the action sequences. Where Jason Bourne books are really hard to follow, Berenson makes the action sequences readable. Love the human-ness behind John Wells! I will definitely read the whole series over the next few months/years? :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/10/2014

    " A cut above the usual thriller. The characters are real, the story is well written and manages to avoid the most glarinh cliches. Liked it a lot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 1/7/2014

    " This is a cold, dark story about Muslims stealing Russian uranium with plans to build a bomb. I quit after 50 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 12/14/2013

    " Retired former special agent goes after terrorists who harm his love and plan to release nuclear bomb in Washington. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tstultz69 | 12/2/2013

    " How can Americans feel comfortable that the weapons depot of foriegn countries remain secure? What if a terrorist steals some of those weapons? What should we do?...Send in John Wells to kick ass and clean it up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 10/30/2013

    " Not bad. Quite enjoyed it even if I missed the first 2 in the series. It was good enough for me to want to read them too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 10/23/2013

    " John Wells is a pretty cool operative who saves the world in each book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vilma Mesa | 10/16/2013

    " Listened to it while driving back and forth to Chicago. A good thriller, I would not want to see the movie of it. Too violent to my taste, but a good well told story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/23/2013

    " Listened to it. It was fine, somewhat gripping. Didn't mind that I slept through some of it. I wouldn't go out of my way to read more by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/15/2013

    " Excellent book. Ending was a bit of a let down but probably in line with real life I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Stone | 6/18/2013

    " A good read and plausible enough I feel less safe now. Lets hope we have a John Wells helping to look out for us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 5/1/2013

    " After enjoying the first two, I found Book 3 of the John Wells series uninspired. Berenson is just putting his man through the motions here without too much effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/24/2013

    " Lots of characters and all interwoven. Rather predictable end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/14/2013

    " I really liked this series! Will definitely continue with it if the author produces more work with John Wells. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 12/18/2012

    " This turned out to be better than I thought. Don't know much about the author, but I am inclined to read additional titles. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill M. | 10/25/2012

    " I can't say that I really enjoyed this book. I just felt like I had to finish it. I just don't think I really liked the subject, egyptian and iranian terrorist... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DWGibb | 6/22/2012

    " Terrorists stealing nuclear warheads from a Russian storage facility. It's got my attention. A lot of interesting background on the technology of atomic bombs. Gripping plot with much at stake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 5/8/2012

    " I really like the way Berenson leaves hints about the future enemies John Wells will face. All the while, the current story seems like it could easily be breaking news of a real-world disaster plot. Not as good as the first two books, but I still look forward to Wells' next adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DWGibb | 5/30/2011

    " Terrorists stealing nuclear warheads from a Russian storage facility. It's got my attention. A lot of interesting background on the technology of atomic bombs. Gripping plot with much at stake. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 5/25/2011

    " Exciting adventure; lots of places mentioned I know well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/20/2011

    " Berenson is a master storyteller. His thrillers are among the best in the genre. Guidall's performance is brilliant as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 5/1/2011

    " This is an entertaining book, but not as good as the first John Wells book- Faithful Spy. Faithful Spy has more depth and character internal conflict, which makes it a better book, but this one is still good. Nice easy thriller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/30/2011

    " Listened to it. It was fine, somewhat gripping. Didn't mind that I slept through some of it. I wouldn't go out of my way to read more by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 4/3/2011

    " Can't he save the nation and have a personal life? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 3/12/2011

    " Pretty interesting stuff, really. I think most of us have forgotten Russia and think that it is a beaten old horse, but the bear is there and waiting for the time to come back to power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 2/27/2011

    " Good spy read. Story is generally plausible but not particularly thought-provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/13/2011

    " Retired former special agent goes after terrorists who harm his love and plan to release nuclear bomb in Washington. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 1/9/2011

    " Always been a fan of Berenson's pieces in New York Times - one of the few guys there that can still write. His fiction is even better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 M | 1/1/2011

    " Okay I read the book months ago. All I remember is that I don't like him. I kept asking myself who is this author? is he the son of Marisa Berenson? No. well I don't remember a thing and the book is next to me in a pile. Not picking it up and leafing through it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 12/2/2010

    " I can't say that I really enjoyed this book. I just felt like I had to finish it. I just don't think I really liked the subject, egyptian and iranian terrorist... "

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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 eighty-eight 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. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.