The Ghost War

The Ghost War

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CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy- one of the best spy stories ever told (The Wall Street Journal). Alex Berenson's 2006 debut was one of the most acclaimed suspense novels of the year, the best spy thriller in a long, long while (The Kansas City Star). The Ghost War proves that he is no longer a brilliant newcomer but a master of the art. In The Faithful Spy, John Wells became the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al-Qaeda, but his handlers became distrustful of him, and he of them. He had to stop a devastating terrorist attack nearly alone. Now Wells is back in Washington. His wounds have healed, but his mind is far from clear. He is restless, uneasy in his skin, and careless with his safety. When the CIA finds evidence of a surge in Taliban activity, backed by an unknown foreign power, it takes little to convince Wells to return to Afghanistan to investigate. But what he discovers there is far from what he expected. A deadly power play in China, a mission to North Korea gone terribly wrong, an Iran determined to go nuclear, a mole within the ranks of the CIA who is about to light a fuse, the consequences of which he cannot possibly understand-the world is hurtling toward confrontation. And, this time, there may be nothing John Wells can do to stop it. Real-world threats, authentic details, a scenario as dramatic as it is plausible-The Ghost War is another timely reminder of the extremely precarious way we live now (The Washington Post).
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008.
ISBN: 9780399154539
Characteristics: 383 p. ;,24 cm.


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Sep 06, 2018

The ghost war commenced mysteriously but slowly. Although it wasn’t as expected, the affection between Wells and Jennifer Exley had been conspicuous; more apparent from Exley’s side – only once from Wells telephone call. Nonetheless, Jennifer Exley’s involvement in Well’s escape had been astounding. Considerable political conflict between Li Ping and Cao Se became palpable. It was unfortunate that Cao Se had to die in the end. Nonetheless, the torture that Wells confronted was disputable.. it would have appeared more realistic had the two been caught during their escape. The story’s culmination should have focused more on Wells and Exley than the other characters.

Apr 19, 2015

The Ghost War is a sequel to The Faithful Spy and is intricately plotted as all good spy stories are. In this one a rogue Chinese general is plotting to undermine the US and humiliate the US. Action takes place in Afghanistan and mainland China leading to a spectacular climax. The series is similar to Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series but the characters are more complex.

Apr 13, 2015

Not as good as Berenson's other books!

Apr 13, 2014

I'd never heard of Berenson, but his modern spy novels are compelling and taut. Lots of action and smart motivations. Good characters. Don't know how I missed this author all along, but I'm glad I have a number of books to catch up on!

Sep 02, 2012

John Wells #2

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