The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson
(A John Wells Novel)

82%

6 Critic Reviews

From the first page of the prologue, Berenson’s most innocuous settings...reliably fill us with dread. His characters are all adept with entertaining, rat-a-tat zingers, and whenever tension mounts, Berenson ends his paragraphs with dashes —
-NY Times

Synopsis

In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.

Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of his former CIA boss, Wells begins to unravel the conspiracy, and realizes that there is more than one country at stake-because the plotters want more than the fall of a monarch. They want to start the final battle between America and Islam-with only themselves as the victors...

 

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 8, 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 525 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Secret Soldier
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NY Times

Good
on Feb 25 2011

From the first page of the prologue, Berenson’s most innocuous settings...reliably fill us with dread. His characters are all adept with entertaining, rat-a-tat zingers, and whenever tension mounts, Berenson ends his paragraphs with dashes —

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeffrey Wendler on Mar 15 2011

The Secret Soldier is so good because it tells about the real world of terrorism, the Middle East, and the leaders there. It's real politics and real spy work and real to the nth degree...

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Book Reporter

Good
on Mar 28 2011

...John Wells novel has been published, and it demands your immediate and focused attention. Berenson's writing, plotting and characterization are darkly brilliant and instructional, an incidental manual, as it were, on the topic of spy tradecraft.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Above average
Reviewed by Francis Moul on Apr 05 2011

If novels can match the headlines of real news, then Alex Berenson has hit a gold mine here.

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The National

Good

...using the Middle East as the setting for a satisfying espionage thriller - that is to say, a fast-moving tale about a dangerous world and a few hard men who will stop at nothing to keep it safe.

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Fiction Addict

Good
on Jun 30 2011

Whether you like espionage thrillers or political intrigue, The Secret Soldier is bound to enthrall. Combining current events, political insight, and a plot that doesn’t let up, it’ll have you reading late into the night.

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