The Faithful Spy : Spy Thriller, Paperback
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


CIA agent John Wells has been undercover so long that his bosses are no longer sure he's still loyal - or even still alive.

For years, Wells has been building his cover in the mountains of Afghanistan, his existence known only to a few senior CIA officials.

But now he's coming home - and no one, including his CIA minder Jennifer Exley, knows what to expect.

He is a man alone, used by two adversaries and trusted by neither. And as terrorists prepare to unleash the most devastating attack in history, Wells knows he is the only man who can stop them.

With or without the government's approval...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Espionage & spy thriller
  • ISBN: 9780099502159



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This is the second novel that I’ve read about post-9/11. The first was a personal story of 9/11 survivors (A Disorder Peculiar to the Country by Ken Kalfus). This is the story of the nitty-gritty of terrorism and is very unsettling. It is easy to understand how what was planned could actually come about. There is a fair amount of graphic violence to get through, including a questionable amount of torture by U.S. government agents. The author is a reporter who has spent some time in the Middle East and obviously pays close attention to what goes on there, making the story seem that much more plausible. One thing that did strike me throughout the novel is the repetition of the word “nam.” While it means “yes” in Arabic, with the frequency with which it is used, I could only wonder if Berenson had a message he wished to convey in using this Arabic word to evoke memories of another armed conflict in which the U.S. was involved... rather unsuccessfully.

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