The Counterfeit Agent (John Wells 8) Hardcover – 11 Feb 2014
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Ex-CIA agent John Wells returns in NYT bestselling author Alex Berenson's thrilling spy novel, for fans of Robert Ludlum and David Baldacci.See all Product Description
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The Counterfeit Agent is the seventh book in the John Wells series, which has become very formulaic. While it is moderately entertaining, it is far less interesting, suspenseful, well-plotted, and as much of a page-turner than most of the early book in the series. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until its last 40 or 50 pages that The Counterfeit Agent generated any real thrills -- and then the book just ended without any "conclusion!" That is, to be continued in the sequel to follow in about a year or so.
Further on a comparative basis, The Counterfeit Agent falls considerably short in terms of dimensionalizing his main character and particularly his supportive characters; to the point that readers who have not read most of this author's previous books might feel they don't know the characters well enough to care much about what happens to them.
After my, at best, moderate satisfaction with The Counterfeit Agent and steady decline in satisfaction with each book in this series, Alex Berenson has now dropped from being one of my "don't miss" authors to "a let's wait and see what others think first" authors.
This latest adventure re-assembles most of the author’s familiar cast of characters and sets them on a race against the clock. This series has taken John all over the world but this time the focus is on Turkey and Iran, where a nuclear plot may or may not be taking shape. The premise in “The Counterfeit Agent” is far from original although Mr. Berenson has given it quite a personal twist and along the way has provided us with a well-crafted thrill ride and a believable act of betrayal.
This novel’s arc takes John through a treacherous twisted world of spies. The author knows how to pace and provide a plausible plot and like the previous books his grasp of geopolitical realities and the murky politics is highly noticeable. We have all the machinations we can imagine coming from Langley and the self-serving professionals jockeying for advantage. John is getting older but still is a killing machine, which has endured torture, been wounded, was injected with poison and yet he manages to pull through to take another mission and save America from going to war. This story is action packed, mimics what we suspect is happening in the real world and is full of surprises. Although many issues are solved, the ending a cliff-hanger leaves us there to find out the resolution…so stay tuned…
Although this book is entertaining, I prefer my story not to leave doors wide open and force my hand to see the outcome. After a strong start and keeping a steady pace the unfinished ending was such a disappointment that I can say this latest was not my preferred adventure and this by far...maybe rehashing the same old theme is getting stale and I need to break free from this in order to enjoy Mr. Berenson again in the future…..
THE COUNTERFEIT AGENT by Alex Berenson is perhaps the very best of the John Wells series to date. And what makes me giddy with anticipation is that this installment is apparently the first of at least two in which Wells, the CIA's deadliest field agent, is pitted against what may yet be his most wily adversary, who vows to kill John or die trying.
Not to put too fine a point on it, THE COUNTERFEIT AGENT is the best spy novel I've read in many months.
Here, Vinny Duto is no longer the Director of Central Intelligence but a U.S. Senator. Ellis Shafer, John's long-time controller, fears his days are numbered under the CIA's new chief. And Wells has been given an ultimatum by his significant other: "Me or the job; you have thirty days to decide." In the meantime, a too-good-to-be-true source calling himself Reza and claiming to be from within the Iranian Revolutionary Guards has surfaced in Istanbul and is giving the Agency's resident spy runner a heads-up about upcoming nefarious plots that would likely lead the U.S. down the road to a shooting war with Iran. That is, if Iran is really the provocateur.
And who's Salome, anyway?
John owes Vinny a favor, a debt incurred at the conclusion of The Night Ranger (A John Wells Novel), the immediately previous book in the series. So, the Senator and Ellis send Wells off on an unauthorized mission that soon brings him and Shafer into conflict with the new DCI's assessment of the Iranian's information. As Ellis finds out, it's not prudent late in one's career to tell The Boss what he doesn't want to hear.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Usual John Wells fare - but excellent. Whilst you know the outcome, I am impressed by the physical aging of him that builds through the book. Good work.Published 16 months ago by Dr. Patrick Connor
Good story but hugely disappointed at the end with the blatant attempt to drag the story into another book and make more money from the same storyPublished 17 months ago by Barry
Love the John Wells character , his books always keep me captivatedPublished 20 months ago by Debbie
Alex Berenson is a great writer. The story runs along with great twists and cliff hangers at the end of each chapter. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gwynj
Mediocre and didactic writing style which grates on anyone who might be vaguely sensitive to the nuanced charm of the English language. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2014 by V. K. Borooah