The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson

85%

13 Critic Reviews

However, the prose is airtight, the pacing is excellent and the phenomenal action sequences more than make up for minor weaknesses in the plot.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In late 2009, CIA officers in Afghanistan’s Kabul station allowed a Jordanian doctor into their closest confidence. In truth, the doctor was an al-Qaeda double agent—and when he blew himself up, the station’s most senior officers died with him.

Years later, the station still hasn’t recovered. Recruiting has dried up and the agency’s best Afghani sources are being eliminated. At Langley, the CIA’s chiefs begin to suspect the worst: 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 began. One thing is certain: Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. Wells is the only one who can unearth the truth—if it doesn’t bury him first . . .
 

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 21, 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Shadow Patrol
All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Dec 15 2011

However, the prose is airtight, the pacing is excellent and the phenomenal action sequences more than make up for minor weaknesses in the plot.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Dec 12 2011

This consistently interesting series shows no signs of running out of steam.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeffrey Wendler on Mar 10 2012

Another winning novel from my go to guy for espionage novels.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Feb 27 2012

If you are a fan of thriller fiction and Alex Berenson is not on your “must read” list, then you need to take the first step toward remedying that state of affairs by reading THE SHADOW PATROL.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Arthur Kerns

Berenson maintains this fast pace, planting clues as to the identity of the mole, setting up page-turning situations and introducing interesting characters.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Francis Moul on Mar 10 2012

The result is another great book of intrigue.

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Shots

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Jecks

This is a superb read that will grip Berenson fans all over the world.

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CTpost.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Meyers on Mar 07 2012

...the quality of the writing and the reporting behind the storytelling make the arbitrary critical distinction between the espionage genre and “literary” novels seem even more absurd than usual.

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White Cat Magazine

Excellent
Mar 27 2012

The Shadow Patrol is a darkly complex and deeply satisfying novel.

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Under My Apple Tree

Good
Feb 26 2012

While a cast of terrorists, snipers and soldiers is not my usual choice in books, the story was well written and kept me entertained.

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Jacqui Murray's WordDreams

Good
Mar 02 2012

Nonetheless, it is well crafted, tightly written and the plot is filled with military and criminal detail which makes it highly credible.

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The Archaeologist's Guide to the Galaxy

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas Evans on Apr 05 2012

It failed to really grip me due to the unrealistic nature of 99% of the characters, the thinly veiled plot machinations, and the transparent mystery that should have been the driving force of the quest.

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BattleBlue1

Below average
Apr 13 2012

I found the plot resolution at the end shallow and unsatisfying.

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