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The Ghost War (John Wells #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  6,839 Ratings  ·  331 Reviews
CIA operative John Wells is in a running battle with an enemy that may have already won the war.
ebook, 576 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Jove Books (first published February 12th 2008)
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Daniel Audet
Nov 20, 2010 Daniel Audet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost War - here's the review: BUY THIS BOOK!
In fact - read all 3 of Alex's books, and get behind me in line for his latest: The Midnight House (in hardcover NOW!)

Alex Berenson's John Wells is a unique guy. Action heroes are a dime a dozen in the fiction world as we all know, however, there comes along - not often enough - a guy like John Wells. You'll never figure him out, not completely, maybe not even close, but his core values teach you to trust him. He can move through the night like a
Clif Hostetler
Jun 24, 2008 Clif Hostetler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
This book is a geo-political adventure thriller novel with the basic required contents; (1) tough guy, (2) attractive woman, (3) danger and violence, (4) threat of more danger and violence, and (5) international intrigue tuned into current events. Also, any of the characters in the book may be wiped out at any moment, except for that tough guy and his attractive woman. The plot is based upon the premise that the People's Republic of China wants respect for its military power that is commensurate ...more
Byron Lord
Feb 16, 2014 Byron Lord rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Byron by: my wife
This was a real barn burner. I could hardly put it down. The plot is so real. Berenson has taken real events and woven them in to a spectacular read. A Mole in the CIA, has taken down our limited human intelligence capability in China. A power struggle in the Politburo is taking China to the brink of war with the US. A deeply hidden mole in the Chinese army, who had dropped off the grid, is our only hope. John Wells the super secret agent, going in where no one in their right mind would go facin ...more
Steven Z.
Alex Berenson’s sequel to THE FAITHFUL SPY continues to develop the character of John Wells, the CIA operative who penetrated al-Qaeda where he remained for almost ten years. During that time he rejected western religion and converted to Islam. In THE GHOST WAR we find Wells in a much different situation that does not quite measure up to his character development in the previous novel. The story begins at a rotting pier in Inchon, South Korea, an industrial port fifty miles west of Seoul. Ted Be ...more
Paul Pessolano
Last year we were treated to Alex Berenson's first book, "The Faithful Spy" that featured John Wells, a CIA operative, who was able to infiltrate and become a trusted member of al-Qaeda.

"The Ghost War" brings John Wells back and this time he is involved in a plot, by an unknown foreign power, to give aid to the Taliban in Afghanistan. John and a team of Rangers are dropped into an enemy camp. After a fierce firefight they are given information that may lead them to those financing the insurgents
Georgina Allen
Nov 16, 2010 Georgina Allen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I finally admitted defeat with this book on chapter 4. I just couldn't get into the writing style at all.

I felt I had no connection with the characters, and description/flashbacks kept getting in the way of the narrative, so I never felt settled into the storyline.

The final straw was when the female character entered an office where she had been before and had a coffee while speaking to a colleague. We had a paragraph of dry description without her interacting with any of the surroundings, then
I loved it. I am so happy to have discovered this series. John Wells reminds me of John Raines in the Barry Eisler series except Wells is not an assassin, well not in the true sense anyway. John Wells is a strong character who is self contained and has serious problems with authority but not enough to totally burn his bridges. He is sent on a secret mission with no backup after much discussion by his girlfriend, Jennifer, and his bosses at the CIA. It is decided that it is worth it but when he s ...more
Mar 21, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This is a well-written spy story. Spycraft is the key, as we see the ways that the CIA investigates, obtains information, and deals with moles, etc. This rousing adventure deals with a lot of twists and turns in investigation and John Wells is a the type of hero I want to read about. He is a man who does what he has to, but often regrets all the killing he is required to do. He is strong and smart, but is also very human, as he seeks to subdue his fears in the midst of combat, etc.

In this story
Apr 01, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book for Alex. I found it written very well and held my attention the entire book. As with other spy/murder/military mysteries, for me, that is, there is more of a description of things like bombs, helicopters,planes, etc than I need. Although the description of the Blackhawk held my interest more so than the the others.It was to the point and I could almost invision myself riding along with John Wells.Looking forward to reading the next book in his series, The Silent Man.
May 29, 2015 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good second installment of the John Wells series by Berenson. The finale was a bit anti- climactic but still very engrossing and fast paced. This is definitely a series I can follow and enjoy. Looking forward to book #3.
Garlan ✌
Just another good read in the series. Lots of action and good writing. Every one of these books have been very entertaining thus far.
Jul 28, 2008 Dolphe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent addition to the John Wells saga.
Linda Munro
Jun 26, 2015 Linda Munro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this author on goodreads and have had his novels on my ‘I want to read’ list for some time. I started reading this series a couple of months ago; unfortunately I read the first than the third book before getting this, the second book in the series. I was a little disappointed with this book, although I probably would not have been if I had not read book three first.

John Wells, a CIA black ops person has recently returned to the U.S., where he had spent 10 years in Afghanistan, successfu
An Odd1
Apr 20, 2015 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"After he'd retired and Janice had died of cirrhosis and he was living someplace with no extradition treaty, he'd write his memoirs" p 99 as a double agent for CIA and Chinese. Sections are narrated by 'Eddie', wife calls him, adding more (dis)information to find mole. I don't like these teaser point of view switches.

"Let them ['hemoginist' Americans] talk" [villain] Li said. "Talk does not cook rice" .. he'd won .. agreement with Iran .. death of their North Korean spy had cost them their best
Jan 02, 2015 Samuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Berenson. His work is basically about merging the journalistic style of Forsyth with a version of Mitch Rapp who has a tendency to angst more about his job. Most of the stuff he does focuses on the geopolitics of the Middle East and the war on terror. But in his second book, he took a detour, being one of the first spy thrillers to seriously focus on the growing power of the People's Republic Of China. What resulted was a well researched story about a subject matter which has become a lot m ...more
Scott Holstad
Aug 13, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost War is an exciting sequel to The Faithful Spy, starring CIA agent John Wells. I loved the first book so much, I didn't think the author could duplicate his effort, but I was wrong. In this book, China is making a power grab against the US, in part by tipping of North Korea about a spy, and in larger part, because it is making a deal with Iran to provide it with the means to make nuclear weapons. Hidden amongst all this, it turns out that China secretly funds the Taliban as they fight t ...more
Apr 21, 2011 thewanderingjew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one action packed spy novel. Listening to it from an audio book, I appreciated the reader’s ability to go from one accent to another as characters in the book came from varied countries in the Far East and Russia, as well as the United States. This book is chock full of sub plots as evidenced by the fact that there are 10 cd’s.

If you are taking a long car ride, a road trip somewhere, this is the book to take. It will keep your mind jumping from the constant suspense and yet the plot is r
Apr 10, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 stars - John Wells is back and it’s the year following the events of The Faithful Spy that found him saving the day in Times Square. His name is now known around the world and he’s a national hero, though his face is still pretty much a mystery; thanks to the CIA’s efforts, only 20 year old photos and a lot of misinformation about him are floating around.

As The Ghost War begins, CIA agents are ambushed while trying to extract an informant in North Korea who’s been compromised, which leads to t
Feb 21, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of spy novels
Shelves: spy-novels
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Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mandatory-read
Wells Defuses Chinese Military Conspiracy. A spy extraction gone bad from North Korea ends with a CIA stud being vaporized by a Korean torpedo. All leads point to a CIA mole who has exposed all of the US spies in China and North Korea. As Exley chases the mole, Wells sniffs out a discomforting trend in the Afghan mountains where guerilla tactics are improving. By raiding the Talib camp, Wells dislocated his right shoulder but captures a Soviet spetsnaz working as a mercenary to train the Talibs- ...more
Dan Downing
Competently although not compelling written, "The Ghost War" turns out to be pretty standard save the world fare. All the usual idiots get involved: the Taliban, The Red Chinese, the North Koreans, a Russian arms dealer, a snarky CIA administrator as well as several high-level traitors. All are thwarted by the righteous sociopath with a conscience to temper his tendencies to kill and torture. And of course luck out of impossible situations. Throw in a few high concept weapons and the world is sa ...more
Tom Tischler
Sep 07, 2014 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johm Wells the only CIA agent to penetrate the al-Qaeda, but his
handlers become distrustful of him and he of them. He had to stop
a terrorist attack nearly alone. Now he is back in Washington. His
wounds have healed but his mind is far from clear. When the CIA finds
evidence of a surge in Taliban activity backed by an unknown power
Wells is convinced to return to Afghanistan to investigate. What he
discovers is far from what he expected. A power play in China, a
mission to North Korea gone wrong, an
Diamond Cowboy
Mar 30, 2015 Diamond Cowboy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Ghost War was the first book I have read by this author and I am hooked.
The book concerns three rog CIA agents, the polatariot of China, Affganistan, and a mole. It shows how miscommunication can have dire consequences on many lives. It could even cause a war.
I highly recommend this book.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Oct 24, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
John Wells does it again. John is having a hard time fitting back into American life after saving New York city. He is well known because of the newspapers and media. He hates being a hero. He is driving his motorcycle at 120 miles per hour. Jennifer Exley knows that John needs another mission. Several things are going on in the world. The Iranians are being trained in military by the Russians. The CIA knows that it has a leak inside the bureau. U.S. spies are being killed or disappeared. John W ...more
William Nist
Mar 29, 2015 William Nist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The second volume in the John Rush series droops a little from the first ( Faithful Spy). The issue in this thriller is a Chinese/American Confrontation, which fortunately our hero helps us to avoid. The main characters are fleshed out a bit more, and marriage seems in the cards for the hero and heroine. It is no surprise that the author look very negatively on the Iran and Afgans wars and his characters indicate so at various points in the story.

The action is ok, but the plot is a bit farfetch
Christopher Taylor
This is the fifth Berenson book I've read - out of order - from the library. Each one has been a decent, self-contained adventure and interesting enough to read. As always with spy and modern action stories I wonder how much is accurate and how much is just the author's invention, but the content is plausible enough to work internally so I suppose it doesn't really matter.

This novel is the second in the series, following up on the debut novel The Faithful Spy in which John Wells saves NYC from a
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
We first met CIA agent John Wells in the book The Faithful Spy. While it's not necessary to have read the first book, you need to know that Wells is a national hero after averting a terrorist attack on US soil. Now acting as a desk agent within the CIA, he craves the adrenalin rush that his former assignment provided.

"The Faithful Spy" was a good old-fashioned thriller. This book is in a similar vein, although it suffers somewhat from trying to cover too many bases. It kicks off with the CIA goi
Nancy Bowen
Jun 27, 2015 Nancy Bowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some people binge watch TV shows, I binge read books. Fortunately, Alex Berenson provides that opportunity. The main character, John Wells, is a CIA agent, recently returned from having been undercover with Al Qaeda. All the books in the series are along the lines of "ripped from the headlines." The characters are well developed and complex. The writing is crisp and plots are believable. The series would be great beach or binge reading for those who like the genre of spy thrillers.
Jul 30, 2014 Comrade_Bazarov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed Berenson's debut novel (The Faithful Spy) a few months ago by saying this was looking like a promising series. The Ghost War is the second entry in Berenson's John Wells series and it is a great read, almost on par with Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books in their heyday.

The book concerns rising tensions and intricate behind-the-scenes political maneuvering between the US and China. Berenson deals with a large and very diverse cast of characters and covers a vast geographical spread as well
Mar 03, 2014 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series about CIA agent John Wells. It has more political intrigue and information about China and its navy that one can barely understand, but this just adds to the feeling of impending threat that permeates the story. I don't know how Berenson gets all his information but there sure is a lot of it.
I was never a fan of Tom Clancy but I think his fans would like these books.. In addition to all the military, political information, the writing is excellent and the si
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