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The Secret Soldier

The Secret Soldier [Kindle Edition]

Alex Berenson
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Praise for "The Midnight House"

"Berenson's best thriller yet, this outstanding novel stands on the top rung of commercial spy fiction."
-"Library Journal"

"A rare thriller that combines intelligence and humanity."
-"Smart Money"


Praise for "The Midnight House"

"Berenson's best thriller yet, this outstanding novel stands on the top rung of commercial spy fiction."
-"Library Journal"

"A rare thriller that combines intelligence and humanity."
-"Smart Money"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (17 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0U53E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads fast, story somewhat contrived 10 Sep 2011
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This is a pretty good book but I could only give it three stars because the story is somewhat contrived. I suppose, in some alternative universe, it could be possible but it was just a bit far-fetched, in my opinion. That said, it's written well and it flows. If you've got a long flight, train or bus journey this will fill in the time nicely and you'll probably have it finished before you've reached your destination - if it takes more than four hours.
It is an interesting take to have the main character, a Western conglomarte CIA,FBI,NSA,MI6 action man a Muslim but since he's not all that observant you have to wonder why? Aside from obviously being fluent in Arabic and able to pass for an Arab or Middle Eastern guy - since he slots in so easily in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia - the whole faith thing sort of lies dead in the water. Also, I realize that America is the super-power but to have the bad guys be so totally inept and the hero (John Wells) and his side-kick be so great in all things just pushes the boundary of belief over into pure fantasy.
But, at the end of the day, the story still flows and certainly doesn't strain your intellect, so, for a fast-paced, easy read you probably can't do better than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Excellent !! 9 Sep 2011
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Let me openly admit that 'The Secret Soldier' was the first of Alex Berenson's novels that I'd read. That, quite definitely, is an omission I'll shortly correct!

Although I have a minor criticism that, in a couple of places, the timeline of the story is briefly a little disjointed, the novel itself is an extremely taut piece of writing. Like me, you'll probably find it almost impossible to put down.

Perhaps the storyline isn't as complex as some of Tom Clancy's original novels (forget those recent titles containing the qualification 'created by Tom Clancy and ***') but it's certainly on a par with many of Robert Ludlum's earlier thrillers - provided, once again, you forget those recent and similarly qualified titles.

Read and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Clancy-style political thriller 1 Sep 2011
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The Secret Soldier is a tale of Saudi Arabian conspiracy. When the planned succession of the throne in the House of Saud is challenged and a King no longer knows who to trust, he is put in touch with a man that gets things done; enter John Wells.

Wells is an ex-CIA agent that follows Islam, he also speaks Arabic which makes him the perfect mercenary to clear-house and uproot the conspiracy within the Saudi-Arabian palace. When the conspirator's actions threaten to start WWIII, only Wells stands between the world and oblivion.

Well written and paced, TSS will hold your attention for the duration of 408 pages. The action is concise and easy to follow with a couple of scenes that really keep the pages turning. The convoy hi-jack scene could rival Clear and Present Danger. However in places the plot seems rather suspended in fiction and there is a lot of unnecessary locale jumping that doesn't really serve any purpose other than to name-drop the exotic destination.

Despite this, the story is coherent and interesting and Wells isn't your cardboard cut-out good guy. A decent read, recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE SECRET SOLDIER 24 May 2013
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I read a Berenson book some months ago, liked it. Now read four and just the two to go. He is very much like Vince Flynn, a major hero. John Wells (Berenson), Mitch Rapp (Flynn) and the enemy usually Moslem radicals / terrorists which we in the West can relate to. Wells is more complex as is actually a Moslem convert by inclination, but both are extreme and resolute in their defence of the righteous (America). I may not like America so much, but it is easy to relate to the characters and be behind them completely.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fine... 28 Nov 2012
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I am a spy buff and love the genre but for me it has to be the old school world of spying, meeting in an alleyway whilst ghosting through the peasouper is far more entertaining that gadgets and gizmos. That said this is a perfectly passable spy thriller and will absolutely keep you entertained on a flight or train journey!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to the Series 28 April 2012
Book 5, in the John Wells series

I am a huge fan of this series and with "The Secret Soldier" Mr. Berenson's ability in storytelling shines. I really enjoy his forensic details and the picture he paints of deadly situations in highly volatile locations. This time we follow the intrepid former Special ops soldier John Wells on a mission while he tries to defuse an impending war on Arabian soil. It is believed a terrorist group that is even deadlier than Al Qaeda is at the heart of the well-orchestrated plan.

The action starts with simultaneous terrorist attacks in Bahrain, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, they are protesting King Abdullah's hold on power of Saudi Arabia. The King believes his family is conspiring against him and want to over through him and place his more fundamentalist brother Saeed in his place, he also suspects they are secretly funding a group of terrorists to cause unrest in the Arab world and trigger a war with the West. The King faced with few options and few people he can trust calls on John Wells for his expertise in highly volatile situations and offers him a financial reward that is very hard to walk away from, especially when you are doing a job you love and excel at. John takes the assignment and soon finds himself in the middle of a very explosive plot with numerous sub-plots facing terrorists and counter terrorists. Things are moving at the speed of light and it is very hard to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys and those who only want to make trouble in order to reap the benefits in the long run.

With all of the violence and carnage that we have read about in the past decades in world news, it is easy to see where this thriller got its roots. With the help of well-placed research notes, Mr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, real page turner👍
Alex delivers another compelling Middle East Islamic terrorist based book, which apart from being an good read, is well researched and delivered!👍
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's a dogs breakfast I'm afraid
This is a significant improvement on Berenson's Midnight House which was by all measures poor, however Secret Soldier lacks the structure one normally finds in a well written, well... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by AG Musgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, five stars it is then......
This is the sort of political action thriller you'd expect from the blurb and the jacket. Again, one is led to expect a novel set against a contemporary political backdrop and it... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by R. Lawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost a very good 'page turner'
I enjoyed this book, being the first of Berenson's I've read. It certainly has enough of the characteristics that make for a good page-turner: a superhero, thrills, spills,... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by J Grainger
5.0 out of 5 stars Darned good read
I have read two of Alex BBerenson's books and all have been good. Just the sort of books I enjoy. John Wells is a great characterisation. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Stewart Rothwell
4.0 out of 5 stars *_*_*Fantastic highly charged and well paced political thriller*_*_*
Set mainly is Saudi Arabia, the book deals with the fast changing atmosphere of a world teetering on the edge of a global oil crisis; His Majesty King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is... Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by Mr. Philip Harkins
3.0 out of 5 stars A not so thrilling thriller
American action man John Wells is sent in to try and stop acts of terror from happening in Saudi Arabia and its neighboring countries and try to help stabilise the region. Read more
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