The Secret Soldier (John Wells #5)
John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting agains...more
So when a friend comes to him about a spy who has strayed off the reservation and betrayed his country, Wells is all to willing to journey...more
Wow, what a great story. This is my first Berenson book. He is definitely my type of author. John Wells is my type of hero, a man of great character and commitment to doing the right thing. I love the action and intrigue. The story is set in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where internal plotting within the royal family has created a new terrorist organization designed to unseat King Abdulla. The King calls John Wells to find out what...more
In this take of international espionage and intrigue, Wells is lured out of retirement by the opportunity to get back into the field in the Middle East and perhaps tip the balance of power a bit. The action is nonstop and the conclusion, when it comes...more
It's not my usual type of read, though I love the TV series Spooks which is similar in a lot of ways. It strikes me as more of a "boys' book" than something women enjoy - and yes I do know that's stereotyping and a vast generalisation!
I found it gripping enough while I was reading it, but I found the long passages...more
The story begins with John Wells tracking down a rogue CIA operative in the Caribbean country of Jamaica. This part of the story is set against the natural beauty of the land an...more
Usually, I have a lot of trouble reading books set in Saudi Arabia, because it feels like I'm reading about some weird made-up country. Many of the facts are usually either exaggerated or over-simplified. However, in The Secret Soldier, it feels more realistic...more
"The Secret Soldier" does all of this. And it does so with a level of predictive power that is almost chilling given events that transpired soon after its publication. (No spoilers -- read and you'll see. If you don't want to read, ask me.)
Alex Berenson's John...more
I am a huge fan of this series and with “The Secret Soldier” Mr. Berenson’s ability in storytelling shines. I really enjoy his forensic details and the picture he paints of deadly situations in highly volatile locations. This time we follow the intrepid former Special ops soldier John Wells on a mission while he tries to defuse an impending war on Arabian soil. It is believed a terrorist group that is even deadlier than Al Qaeda is at the heart of the well-orchest...more
John Wells is a former CIA operative who is trying to be retired in New Hampshire, but still has the reputation, contacts, skills, and motivation that conspire to keep him in the field, if not in the tradi...more
In The Secret Soldier, Wells has left the CIA and is now working freelance. When he receives a call about a prospective employer willing to pay big bucks for his expertise, he accepts. The employer just happens to be the King of Saudi Arabia. The King's family is conspiring against him and colluding with terrorists. Overthrowing the King is not enough, they also want war with the...more
Read by George Guidall
Duration: 11 hours, 23 minutes
This is my first John Wells book. For those not in the know, John Wells is a former CIA agent who is also a Muslim (if not a particularly devout one when it comes to all of the formalities). He now freelances, sometimes working with the CIA, sometimes not.
The first part of The Secret Soldier deals with John Wells tracking down a former operative in Jamaica and bringing him back to the United States...more
I love reading military/government/spy inspired books. The Secret Soldier was really, really good. The way Alex Berenson wrote the book makes you feel like you are really there, experiencing the madness that he created within the pages.
It read like it was a movie, I could see everything happening in my head due to the in-depth way that the book was put together. I think that makes an amazing a...more
There are spoilers from previous books in this review.
Well, since John quit the agency, one had to wonder where he’d be at the beginning of this book. Sharing a scuzzy hotel room with beer cans, a joint and dirty clothes strewn about in Montego Bay with another guy definitely wasn’t it. Yet after he gets a clue as to the whereabouts of Keith Robinson, the traitor who gave up government secrets and agents to the Chinese a couple of books back, Montego Bay is the place Wells turns up, th...more
In this installment, Alex Berenson's protagonist, John Wells, is hunting down Saudi terrorists operating inside Saudi Ar...more
The Secret Soldier is one in a series of novels starring ex-CIA agent John Wells—who has all the guts and glory of John McClane, the cool intellect of James Bond, and the nine lives of Jack Bauer. And to the credit of the author, he pro...more
Once Wells gets his head in the game, he and his partn...more