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The Secret Soldier

Format:  Paperback,

517 pages

Publisher: Berkley Pub Group

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9780515150346

ISBN-10: 0515150347

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In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.

Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of his former CIA boss, Wells begins to unravel the conspiracy, and realizes that there is more than one country at stake-because the plotters want more than the fall of a monarch. They want to start the final battle between America and Islam-with only themselves as the victors...

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Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9780515150346
ISBN-10: 0515150347
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 517
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 7.5 x 1.25
Walmart No.: 9780515150346

About the author

Biography of Berenson, Alex

Alex Berenson was born on January 6, 1973. He graduated from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics. After college, he became a reporter for the Denver Post. In 1996, he became one of the first employees at TheStreet. com, the groundbreaking financial news website. In 1999, he became a reporter for The New York Times. While there he covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the flooding of New Orleans to the financial crimes of Bernie Madoff.

He left the Times in 2010 to concentrate on writing fiction, but he occasionally contributes to the newspaper. His first book, The Faithful Spy, won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. His other works include The John Wells series and the nonfiction book The Number.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-06-01)

Edgar Award winner/No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Berenson (www.-alexberenson.com) presents his fifth John Wells title, after The Midnight House (2010), also available from Recorded Books and Penguin Audio. This time he takes our hero into the Byzantine world, among the hundreds of princes of the royal family, in Saudi Arabia. There, Wells, a Muslim American ex-CIA officer fluent in Arabic, serves as the king's main problem solver. Mix in family politics, tremendous wealth, radical Islamic factions, and the goal of igniting an American/Saudi Arabian war, and you have one gripping listen. The characters are fleshed out and not stereotypical; the good guys have some bad in them, and vice versa. Audie Award winner George Guidall's narration is nothing short of splendid. Highly recommended.

- Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib.

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-01-21)

Because he cannot trust his own people, Saudi King Abdullah secretly hires a semiretired American spy to resolve crucial royal problems. The aged king is loath to punish the disloyalty of the numerous princes and their underlings, several of whom intend to inherit the throne, all of whom twist the truth. One prince is secretly sponsoring a plot to destabilize the royal house and thrust the kingdom into chaos. Berenson's fifth page-turner (after The Midnight House) again features Arabic-speaking John Wells as the conscience-burdened professional.

Early on, Berenson expertly establishes Wells's ingenuity and intense focus. Much as Daniel Silva details the Holocaust in his thrillers, Berenson, a New York Times reporter, integrates extensive information about the House of Saud. Wells's investigation benefits from a couple of lubricating de i ex machine, the first being unlimited funding by the king and the second, the grudging, not-always-timely assistance of the huge American electronic intelligence apparatus.

Verdict: Horrifying torture, bombs, and dead bodies abound in Berenson's fast-paced thriller, yet the author also takes care to make his characters and settings keenly memorable. Spy fiction fans will enjoy this one.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/10.] - Jonathan Pearce, California State Univ. at Stanislaus, Stockton

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.

Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of his former CIA boss, Wells begins to unravel the conspiracy, and realizes that there is more than one country at stake-because the plotters want more than the fall of a monarch. They want to start the final battle between America and Islam-with only themselves as the victors...

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