The Deceivers by Alex Berenson
(A John Wells Novel)

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As often happens, the villains are the most interesting characters—the resentful Eric, the hapless Tom, the conniving Allie. Another enjoyable entry in a series that’s likely to go on for a while.
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The Russians don't just want to influence American elections--they want it all. Former CIA agent John Wells confronts a plot of astonishing audacity as New York Times-bestselling author Alex Berenson goes beyond today's headlines to tomorrow's all-too-real threats.

It was supposed to be a terrorist sting. The guns were supposed to be disabled. Then why was there so much blood?

The target was the American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks. The FBI had told Ahmed Shakir that his drug bust would go away if he helped them, and they'd supply all the weaponry, carefully removing the firing pins before the main event. It never occurred to Ahmed to doubt them, until it was too late.

When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share--and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life, an extraordinary confluence of sleeper cells, sniper teams, false flag operations, double agents high in the U.S. government--and a Russian plot to take over the government itself. If it succeeds, what happened in Texas will be only a prelude.
 

About Alex Berenson

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Alex Berenson is a former New York Times reporter whose work led to federal indictments and billions of dollars in corporate fines. His bestselling, Edgar Award-winning John Wells spy novels have sold more than a million copies.
 
Published February 6, 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 447 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Nov 14 2017

As often happens, the villains are the most interesting characters—the resentful Eric, the hapless Tom, the conniving Allie. Another enjoyable entry in a series that’s likely to go on for a while.

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Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Feb 09 2018

I haven’t included all of the issues involved in THE DECEIVERS, not by a long shot. Revealing one thing would lead to revealing another, and ultimately I might give away too much of this wonderfully and carefully constructed plot that Berenson must have taken months and months to get just right.

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