Alex Berenson – The Faithful Spy

A well-crafted page-turner that addresses the most important issue of our time. It will keep you reading well into the night. (Vince Flynn)

A New York Times reporter has drawn upon his experience covering the occupation in Iraq to write the most gripping and chillingly plausible thriller of the post-9/11 era. Alex Berensons debut novel of suspense, The Faithful Spy, is a sharp, explosive story that takes listeners inside the war on terror as fiction has never done before.

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover. Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri – the malicious mastermind plotting more al Qaeda strikes on America – Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wellss superior at Langley, knows quite what to expect. For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. He has become a Muslim. He finds the United States decadent and shallow.

Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA – still reeling from its failure to predict 9/11 or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – does not know whether to trust him. Among his handlers at Langley, only Exley believes in him, and even she sometimes wonders. And so the agency freezes Wells out, preferring to rely on high-tech means for gathering intelligence. But as that strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley must somehow find a way to stop him, with or without the governments consent.

From secret American military bases where suspects are held and interrogated to basement laboratories where al Qaedas scientists grow the deadliest of biological weapons, The Faithful Spy is a riveting and cautionary tale, as affecting in its personal stories as it is sophisticated in its political details. The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of todays world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.

Author: Alex Berenson
Narrator: Robertson Dean
Duration: 12 hours 4 minutes
Released: 6 Jan 2005
Publisher: Books on Tape
Language: English

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