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The Deceivers

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"The Russians don't just want to influence American elections--they want it all. Former CIA agent John Wells confronts a plot of astonishing audacity as New York Times-bestselling author Alex Berenson goes beyond today's headlines to tomorrow's all-too-real threats. It was supposed to be a terrorist sting. The guns were supposed to be disabled. Then why was there so much blood? The target was the American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks. The FBI had told Ahmed Shakir that his drug bust would go away if he helped them, and they'd supply all the weaponry, carefully removing the firing pins before the main event. It never occurred to Ahmed to doubt them, until it was too late. When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share--and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life, an extraordinary confluence of sleeper cells, sniper teams, false flag operations, double agents high in the U.S. government--and a Russian plot to take over the government itself. If it succeeds, what happened in Texas will only be a prelude"-- THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Interfering with the presidential election was just the first step.

The Russians don't just want to influence American elections--they want it all. Former CIA agent John Wells confronts a plot of astonishing audacity as New York Times-bestselling author Alex Berenson goes beyond today's headlines to tomorrow's all-too-real threats.


It was supposed to be a terrorist sting. The guns were supposed to be disabled. Then why was there so much blood?

The target was the American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks. The FBI had told Ahmed Shakir that his drug bust would go away if he helped them, and they'd supply all the weaponry, carefully removing the firing pins before the main event. It never occurred to Ahmed to doubt them, until it was too late.

When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share--and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life, an extraordinary confluence of sleeper cells, sniper teams, false flag operations, double agents high in the U.S. government--and a Russian plot to take over the government itself. If it succeeds, what happened in Texas will be only a prelude.

Specifications

Series Title
A John Wells Novel
Publisher
Penguin Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
448
Author
Alex Berenson
ISBN-13
9780399176166
Publication Date
February, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.31 x 6.31 x 1.44 Inches
ISBN-10
0399176160

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This book starts out v...

This book starts out very interestingly as a bad group of people are going around posing as FBI and getting weapons, etc. to Muslims. These Muslims who currently live here, are only posting and ranting on Facebook. These people would not actually go and do what being was done if it wasn't for being supplied with the tools. They would go on carrying their rants to all who would hear. Until one day. . . There is lots of crazy action going on in this book and I enjoyed it immensely. I sped right through in way wanting to put this book down. Alas, life around me does have to pull me back from now and then to reality. So, unfortunately, I was not able to read it in one sitting, but I still found it a very good read. The scary part I felt while reading this book, this could actually happen. There could be some wannabe who would do anything to get to the top. A top, that in their egotistical minds, that was well deserved and should be given. Huge thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

Alex Berenson delivers...

Alex Berenson delivers yet another John Wells extravaganza in 'The Deceivers'. In this one, the indestructible Wells manages to make it through relatively unscathed physically, which is sort of unique in the series. His supporting cast, not so much. The Deceivers is an account of a 'false flag' operation by the Russians to essentially plant a spy at the highest level (I mean, THE HIGHEST) of the US government. The plot revolves around a terrorist attack in Dallas that was intricately planned by the Russians to blame on Moslems and a series of sniper attacks on American religious leaders. Now-President Duto, who we've watched on his unchecked climb to the top of the country's political pile, calls his old 'buddy', John Wells to track down an iffy lead he'd received from South America, and the race is on. As with all of the books in this great series, the writing is excellent, the pacing breathtaking, the dialogue believable, and the plot well-designed. The only thing I can really fault Berenson on, and this is really nit-picky for a book of this genre, is that lots of shortcuts, assumptions, and action sequences turn in the good guys' favor. There's a tight timeframe to identify, locate, and eliminate the perps, and if just one of the lucky breaks Wells and his guys got didn't happen, the end wouldn't have turned out so well. That's what makes Wells such a great character, right? If you're a Wells fan (and who isn't?), you'll really enjoy The Deceivers. Well done and, sadly, somewhat believable in the context of what's happening today in this country.

The deadly attack at t...

The deadly attack at the American Airlines Center in Dallas was supposed to be a terrorist sting. They'd said they'd remove the firing pins from the guns. Ahmed Shakir, grateful they'd promised his drug bust would go away, asked no questions . . . until it was far too late. When President Duto calls John Wells to Washington, John is certain it's because of the Dallas massacre. But Vinny wants him to go to Columbia where he's to get information from an old source who claims to have information about the Dallas attack. But John's discovery there puts him firmly in the midst of snipers, double agents, sleeper cells, false flags, and a brazen Kremlin plot to take over the White House. In this, the twelfth outing for John Wells, unexpected plot twists ramp up the continually-suspenseful narrative and keep readers on the edge of their seats as the story unfolds, revealing frightening-realistic events. Well-developed characters populate the tale; the challenges faced by John Wells reveal fresh nuances in the character. Readers are likely to find this captivating thriller completely unputdownable. Highly recommended.

A book that could be r...

A book that could be ripped out of today's headlines! What if the Russians, in an attempt to control the American Presidential election, committed some terrorist acts here, and made it look like it was done by Islamic (and other) terrorists? Super fast moving. Lots of action. Good character development, with believable characters. As believable as most of this genre. The ending was rather rushed, I would have preferred a bit more closure. But, it sets up the next book well. Give it a try!

Best John Wells novel ...

Best John Wells novel yet. I liked the setting in the United States. It made it more interesting to me.

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