The Faithful Spy

The Faithful Spy

Book - 2006
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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 Berenson's debut novel of suspense, The Faithful Spy, is a sharp, explosive story that takes readers 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, Wells's 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 government's consent.
From secret American military bases where suspects are held and interrogated to basement laboratories where al Qaeda's 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 today's world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006
ISBN: 9780345478993
Branch Call Number: FIC Bere
Characteristics: 334 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 23, 2018

Alex Berenson’s initial novel was as remarkable as his subsequent ones. It described John Well’s life as a spy convincingly. The nail biting episode of UA919 gave quite a scare although its safe landing had been most unexpected and acknowledged the power of prayers. Ellis Shafer’s attributes recapped how colleagues dislike individualistic people. More stirring was John’s treatment by the CIA upon his return and triggered profound memories of what the reader had undergone during the tenure of her employment. While the scientific formulation of the Ebola virus and Yersinia Pestis had been informative, it raised significant interest. The premature deaths of Toni DiFerri and Fatima had been disconcerting; but Well’s intuitive abilities were remarkable; and the culmination had its own implications. Curses also formulate in unimaginable ways.

Religion and politics are sensitive topics overtly discussed today. The former is an alliance between human beings and the divine power. It is like a two-sided coin. Believers utilize different channels to attain spirituality and righteousness. This does not make atheists evil because client centered therapists viewed people as being good. “Problem behaviors occur when the environment prevents a person from developing their own innate potential” (p.574). Ironically, everyone is doing harm every day and demean others. In retrospect then, religion befits a “passport” to execute wrong deeds, but no religion advocates violence. All religion explicit discipline. Islam doctrine preaches good values like peace, forgiveness, tolerance, generosity and kindness. Hence, generalizing or targeting a specific culture for transgressions is inequitable.

Lefton, L.A., Boyes, M.C., and Ogden, N.A., (2000). Client Centered Therapy. Psychology, (Canadian Ed.). Chapter 16, p.574.

Feb 19, 2018

An entertaining read with an obvious gaffe or two (Yankees don't get into Canada without a passport anymore). Macho John Wayne type climax is a bit much.

Jun 26, 2017

A can't-put-down good read. Fakey if you think about it too much but who cares. What an ending!

rollingstock Aug 11, 2014

Excellent read, I'm looking forward to the rest of his books.

Oct 17, 2012

This novel gives us an insight as to how little we understand Moslems and how fragile our defense is against terrorism.


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