The Counterfeit Agent

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Penguin Group USA, 2014 - Fiction - 374 pages
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“Berenson’s strength is his deep understanding of geopolitics and of the shoddy compromises it demands. He clearly has excellent contacts in the world of shadows. Wells is a complex and satisfying protagonist, tackling bad guys across the world’s conflict zones.”--The New York Times Book Review

John Wells goes undercover as the threat of nuclear war skyrockets between the United States and Iran, in the cutting-edge new novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.
In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

As the threat level jumps and the government mobilizes, something still doesn’t smell right to Wells’s old CIA boss Ellis Shafer, and so he sends Wells on a private mission to find out what’s going on. But the two of them are swimming against the tide. From Guatemala to Thailand to Hong Kong to Istanbul, Wells uses every skill he has, including his ability to go undercover in the Arab world, to chase down leads. But it might not be enough. Soon there might be nothing anyone can do to pull the United States back from the brink of war.

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The plot is intricate, but all too realistic. - Goodreads
Flat, uninteresting prose. - Goodreads
There is no nuance and little character development. - Goodreads
Ending does not is less than satisfying. - Goodreads
If your writing is good enough, I'll buy it. - Goodreads
Very fast paced, very original plot. - Goodreads

Review: The Counterfeit Agent (John Wells #8)

User Review  - Phil Hait - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book. On occasion I just like to be entertained with action & dramatic books, even when the plot & character development is similar to past books. The Counterfeit Agent is just that ... Read full review

Review: The Counterfeit Agent (John Wells #8)

User Review  - Michael Sump - Goodreads

I've never been more disgusted with a novel that I rate as high as 4 stars. I like Alex Berenson, and I like his spycraft stories starring John Wells. John Wells is somewhere between LeClair's Smiley ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

As a reporter for The New York Times, Alex Berenson covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the crimes of Bernie Madoff. His seven previous John Wells novels include The Faithful Spy, winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for best first novel. He lives in Garrison, New York.

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