The Prisoner

The Prisoner To unmask a CIA mole John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi and hope he can survive it in the new cutting edge novel from the bestselling author It is the most dan

  • Title: The Prisoner
  • Author: Alex Berenson
  • ISBN: 9780399176159
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Hardcover
  • To unmask a CIA mole, John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi and hope he can survive it in the new cutting edge novel from the 1 bestselling author It is the most dangerous mission of John Wells s career Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operTo unmask a CIA mole, John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi and hope he can survive it in the new cutting edge novel from the 1 bestselling author.It is the most dangerous mission of John Wells s career Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations Finding out the mole s identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it, Wells will have to do something he thought he d left behind forever He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.Many years before, Wells was the only American agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda, but times have changed drastically The terrorist organizations have multiplied gotten bigger, crueler, ambitious and powerful Wells knows it may well be his death sentence But there is no one else.

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    1. "If they don't come back, you won't have to worry. I'll be dead already." - Alex Berenson, The PrisonerThe Prisoner is the eleventh book in Alex Berenson's John Wells Series, and as you might expect, it takes the protagonist,a former CIA operative, on quite an adventure. The John Wells books are more inventive and a little deeper than any other series of thrillers I have read, which keeps me going back to it every time a new book is published. The hero - definitely a fitting word - is clever and [...]


    2. This book is so prescient it must surprise even its author, given that he wrote it before the year started:*sarin gas (like the Syrian attack)*possible high-level CIA traitor (string of deaths of CIA sources in China)*European bomb attacks (Manchester)Berenson is again at the top of his game with this John Wells thriller. Lots of action, lots of fights (Wells isn't spared the injuries-ouch), lots of suspenseful pacing as Wells races to find a high-level CIA turncoat. He thus can't get CIA help w [...]


    3. Berenson has written a whole series of espionage thrillers featuring John Wells, a CIA operative fighting al Qaeda. I was unaware of this when I requested a DRC from Net Galley and Putnam Penguin, but I find it stands up quite nicely as a stand-alone novel. Would I have enjoyed it even more if I’d read the others first? We will never know. However, if you’d like to read this tightly woven thriller either in sequence or singly, it will be available January 31, 2017.To enjoy an espionage thril [...]


    4. Ellis Shafer and John Wells think there is a mole at the top of the America intelligence network based on a discussion overheard in a secret prison in Bulgaria so John leaves his retirement, returning to his undercover role as a jihadi. Captured by American forces and tossed into the prison with no back-up, he works to befriend a prisoner to get information about a pending major attack. After saving the prisoner's life and being savagely beaten, John manages to get a nom de guerre and the name o [...]


    5. John Wells volunteers to go to a secret Bulgarian prison where ISIS members are being held to uncover a mole within the CIA. Things seem to be going well for Wells. He's become a father again and seems to be all the life he needs inWells' life. Fast read in the car, Guidal does a good job of keeping things moving forward and entertaining. An un-Wells like ending but it does leave you waiting for the next installment.


    6. Well-paced thriller with the usual John Wells depths on the meaning of faith, political violence, rendition vs. freedom, etc. His sidekick Ellis provides the comic relief. The girlfriend is a reminder of how implausible the whole character is, and that somehow makes it more plausible.


    7. In Alex Berenson's The Prisoner (G.P. Putnam 2016), 8th in the John Wells series, Wells goes back undercover as an Al Quaeda operative so he can be captured and incarcerated in the Bulgarian prison also home to a high-value ISIS leader who might have knowledge of a senior CIA mole trading American secrets to the enemy. While Wells is preparing himself for what is likely to be a painful and dangerous mission, Berenson builds a credible picture of what motivates traitors who turn on their homeland [...]


    8. While I enjoy reading about John's adventures, part of me hopes at some point he says no, that he allows himself to just live and be happy. I think with the surprise he found out at the start of the book there is a good chance that may happen or least he might have a good reason to stay.With this mission, John took a great chance when he willingly went into a black hole prison. I thought for sure he was crazy, but he worked his magic and found out what he needed to to save the day. I liked the h [...]


    9. Ok so it's #13 in the series. I enjoy the formula or I would not have read it to begin with. Not my favorite of the series but still good. Any John Wells is better than none. But I miss Exley and have never warmed to Ann. I'm disappointed in the romance they are bringing to the table? I know. I'm asking too much. Wrong genre. Still. I couldn't put it down.


    10. By far, my least favorite John Wells novel. I found this one to be slow, boring and really unimaginative. I kept waiting for the end just to see what would happen when John returned home to his daughter. Truthfully, I'm just sick and tired of reading about the middle east, IS, Al Quada, Iraq, Iran, Islam. me the good old days with cold war Russia.


    11. John Wells has to unmask a CIA mole and in order to do so he has to resume his old identity as a al Qaeda jihadi. Years ago John was the only agent who could penetrate the organization. Now, he must go back and try to find out who is passing secret information to ISIS. To do so could very well end his life!An excellent story of how terrorist organizations have not only gotten stronger but to what extent they will go to meet their needs.Alex Berenson did an excellent job of explaining to us how t [...]


    12. I always suffer from fatigue after reading an Alex Berenson novel because I can’t put it down and go to bed. This story was another in the John Wells series, and like the others it is action packed with a fast pace and up to date events to add to the realism. Though mine was an unedited advance copy the writing was concise. Refreshing difference between this and other similar writings is the characters seem like normal human agents not some super hero type with the latest and greatest technolo [...]


    13. The Prisoner is the first book I've read in the John Wells series. I had seen Berenson's books on the "recent arrivals" shelf before, but always deferred to other spies - Jason Bourne, James Bond, Nick Fisher of the Splinter Cell series, etc. I liked this story - Wells goes deep undercover to obtain information that will foil an ISIS terror attack. It's just a bit thin, compared to the levels of espionage I'm used to from reading "the masters" of the genre. There were times the plot was interest [...]


    14. There is mounting evidence that someone high up in the CIA is passing messagesto ISIS alerting them to planned operations. Finding him though will be difficult without alerting him and to do this John Wells will have to do something he thoughthe left behind. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al-Qaeda jihadi getcaptured and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.This is book 11 in the John Wells series. I myself found it a little boring and dragge [...]


    15. It should be said first that I am a fan of the John Wells novels. In many ways he is the antithesis of my favourite spy, George Smiley, though Wells has more in common with Smiley than with another favourite assassin, John Rain (another well-written series). If the ending of a Wells story is nearly always the same (against impossible odds and time constraints he manages to complete the mission and then return home, previously to the very much missed Jennifer Exley, now Anne and Emmie), it is the [...]



    16. In “The Prisoner”, his eleventh John Wells novel, Alex Berenson continues his intelligent espionage/ thrillers that probe the possible threat of Islamic terrorists obtaining weapons of mass destruction while showing how human intelligence gathering can thwart these threats. Berenson continues to exhibit a keen eye for threats that are possibly in the reach of terrorists. Here it is an agent that has been used by terrorists in Japan and Syria against its own citizens. The threat is real. At t [...]


    17. SUBJECTIVE READER REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOWS: If 'The Prisoner' was a nuclear weapon, it would have fizzled upon detonation. I normally like Berenson's novels a lot, as John Wells is sorta like a Mitch Rapp wannabe, but Mitch has got trusted commando friends like Scot Coleman and Wells is a loner. This loner mentality on Berenson's part caught up with him in 'The Prisoner,' as the reader was forced to accompany John Wells, also known as Samir Khalili, in his singular odyssey through the H [...]


    18. A timely, fast-paced and readable story. A team of CIA SOG operators attempts to evacuate an agent from Raqqa but is ambushed by Islamic State fighters who were evidently tipped off somehow, while an ISIS detainee in Bulgaria is heard bragging about a mole, a mole Wells and Shafer must now smoke out.Berenson does a great job bringing home Wells’ commitment and pain. It’s also interesting to have Wells go undercover as a jihadist again, and the plot threads that lead up to this ware well thou [...]


    19. A good plausible story. Don't know how long Wells and Shaffer can keep this up. This one had me awakening to continue reading. If your a Wells fan I think that you'll enjoy it.


    20. Finally found time to finish this book. While I will always miss Vince Flynn's writing, Alex Berenson makes it ia little less painful. John Wells is up there with Mitch Rapp. Definitely a great read



    21. After rating the previous two Berenson/Wells efforts two stars, this was a pleasure to read. Good plot and very good character development for the secondary characters. If I have anything negative to state, it's about Ellis and Vinnie. Getting pretty tired of their act, but that's just me. And Vinnie being president is just too much Tom Clancyish. All in all, new readers to the Wells series should read the first one, The Faithful Spy, before reading this novel. Some of the background is really n [...]


    22. Someday, Alex Berenson, will slip up and pen a John Wells novel that sucks. Or Wells will age to the extent that he'll be too old and slow to take the physical abuse he inevitably faces in each novel. Fortunately, neither has happened and 'The Prisoner' continues the Wells win streak. In 'The Prisoner', Wells, the ex-CIA human Swiss Army knife, is called back into action to help catch a mole inside the upper reaches of the Agency who's passing secrets to ISIS. A trap is set, which requires him t [...]



    23. To uncover the identity of a mole in the CIA, John Wells must go undercover again. A long time earlier, he had spent years with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan. At the time, he was the CIA’s only source of first-hand information from the scene. This time, the plan is for him to revert to his terrorist identity, contrive to be captured by American forces in Afghanistan, and then rendered by the CIA to a black prison site in Bulgaria. There, his assignment is to befriend a fellow prisoner, [...]


    24. “better safe than headless”I’m on Alex Berenson’s email list, and when he sent a message to his readers that John Wells was “back undercover in the Muslim world” I immediately went to and pre-ordered. I was excited, but also a little worried. Wells is a great character. Berenson is an incredibly gifted writer. But of late, a number of usually reliable thriller authors have used the Jack Bauer “24” method of going undercover with disastrous consequences (e.g. I have serious reser [...]


    25. "The Prisoner" is the 11th book in Alex Berenson's series about John Wells. I have only read two of the other 10 books before this, so I was bit weary about how that would affect my reading of the latest book. Berenson would be a pretty crappy author if nothing of relevance happened in Wells' life and career in the 10 books leading up to this, but the references were generally subtle, although there were also a couple not so subtle about Wells' personal life, which makes a lot of sense.The John [...]


    26. Alex Berenson continues to create intelligent espionage thrillers that are meticulously researched and frighteningly credible. The Prisoner is his 11th John Wells novel. Enjoy it as a standalone or start at the beginning with The Faithful Spy.


    27. Wow. Thanks Boris for introducing me to Alex Berenson. I loved every minute of this terrific spy thriller! This is why I read books instead of doing crack cocaine. Wow.


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