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The Ghost Agent [Paperback]

Alex Berenson
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7 Aug 2008



As a covert CIA special operative, John Wells knows the odds are always stacked against him. For every atrocity foiled, another deadly catastrophe awaits. So when it emerges that four of the world's most dangerous states are plotting together to unleash the ultimate nuclear threat, Wells realises that his odds on stopping them ranges from zero... to none. But that's never stopped him before. And it isn't going to stop him now...

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099517574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099517573
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A genuine talent... the action scenes are strong" (Sunday Times)

"Heart-pumping adventure" (USA Today)

"A smart, economically written spy novel" (New York Times)

"Pulse-pounding... The author's plausible scenario distinguishes this from most spy thrillers" (Publishers Weekly)

"Terrific and relentless suspense and action" (Kirkus Reviews)

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John Wells returns in the second explosive thriller from the No 1 International Bestselling Author of The Faithful Spy.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good follow up 28 July 2008
In Berenson's previous novel we met John Wells, a spy so deep that there were concerns he had gone native. In addition to being a very intelligent thriller, it had a hero who was a Muslem and was very clear that there are peaceful Muslems and those who are fanatics. This perspective made for a very absorbing novel.
Here we have Wells coping with the stress of his previous experience (and the fact he is now known to the general public for his deeds in Times Square towards the end of the previous novel). This does not stop him getting involved when things escalate with China as a result of a maverick Chinese senior officer.
Well,I think I have seen this plot in more then a few novels, but the author tells it well. Berenson has changed Wells slightly, he is less the man that does not fit into either culture, here he is just an all action spy. And now he is more sarcastic with some good one-liners - I don't recall that from the previous one.
This bordered on the Vince Flynn Rapp novels - no bad thing but it has taken away the originality of the first novel.
So why four stars? Well I almost went three but then I realised that this had kept me turning the pages well into the night, and much as I may have seen this kind of thing before, it still kept my attention. Probably a 3.5 if I am honest. There is a third one in the pipeline and I'll be buying that so this means I must have liked it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Action packed, old fashioned thriller 31 Jan 2009
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
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 going into North Korea to rescue a valuable mole. This part of the story is genuinely tense and gripping. However the book loses momentum as it strains to juggle a complicated plot that encompasses (among other strands) the Iranian nuclear weapons programme, Taliban training camps in Afghanistan, an international arms dealer, the hunt for an undercover mole within the CIA and an ambitious General within the Chinese politburo. As with the first book, the pace gets bogged down by Berenson's need to personalize events by fleshing out even minor characters.

The first book set up the intriguing proposition of an agent who has lived undercover with the Taliban for so long that he struggles to adapt to the US way of life. In this book, that struggle seems forgotten and Wells' character is never particularly developed.

This is an action packed and highly contemporary read, but it fell short of the first book for me. Having said that, the ending sets up a sequel and I'll almost certainly be going back for more.

(Be aware that this book was published in the US under the title "The Ghost War")
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 30 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A really enjoyable, easy to read book. A cross between Clancy and Child. I would certainly recommend to any reader who enjoys those authors. On a par with both of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good novel, gripping 4 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have read all Alex Berenson's Books , and enjoyed his characters, and the plot. This one is in the same genre
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