|Years ago, John Wells was an all-American boy from Montana. Now, he wanders through Pakistan as a member of al Qaeda. After a decade away from home, he despises the United States for its decadence. He is a devout Muslim; a brave warrior for Allah. And he is coming home.|
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Years ago, John Wells was an all-American boy from Montana. Now, he is wandering through Pakistan as a member of al Qaeda. After a decade away from home, he despises the United States for its decadence. He hates America's shallow, mindless culture of vice and violence.
He is a devout Muslim. He is a brave warrior for Allah.
He is a CIA operative.
And he is coming home...
Alex Berenson, a New York Times reporter who in 2003 spent three months in Baghdad covering the American occupation, plumbed his experiences to write this debut spy thriller. John Wells, a sincere convert to Islam, is a CIA operative deep within the innermost circles of al-Qaeda. His American handlers begin questioning his loyalties when the al-Qaeda higher-ups assign him a role in setting off a dirty bomb in New York.
Alex Berenson is best known as the author of a series of high-octane thrillers featuring CIA operative John Wells. No stranger to dark milieus and subcultures, Berenson began his career as a financial journalist and has written extensively about Ponzi schemes, the dangers of the pharmaceutical industry, and other such topics.Berenson was born in New York and grew up in the suburb of Englewood, New Jersey. His mother, Ellen, worked as an antiques dealer and his father, Harvey, as a tax consultant. After graduating cum laude from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics, Berenson joined the Denver Post as a business journalist. When the financial Web site TheStreet.com was founded in 1996, he signed on as a reporter, and he remained with the enterprise until 1999, when he was hired away by the New York Times. There, Berenson covered a wide range of global events, and in 2003 he was sent to Iraq. While reporting from the Middle East, Berenson got the idea for the initial John Wells novel, THE FAITHFUL SPY, which was published in 2006. The first CIA agent to infiltrate al Qaeda, Wells has nonetheless earned the distrust of his superiors because of his conversion to Islam and his tendency to go long periods of time without making a report. THE FAITHFUL SPY won an Edgar Award for best debut novel of the year, and the paperback edition rose to the number-one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Berenson has since written several other bestselling John Wells novels, each of which has garnered praise for its gripping plot and timely terrorist-related subject matter. In 2009 Berenson married Jacqueline Basha, a psychiatrist. He has sat on the board of City Harvest, which provides food to hungry New Yorkers, and has often auctioned off signed copies of his books to benefit that organization.
"[M]ounting suspense, a believable scenario and a final twist add up to a compelling tale of frightening possibilities. It's not for the squeamish, though: the torture sequences and bombing descriptions are graphic and chillingly real."
"A thriller worthy of le Carre....Well done throughout." (starred review)
"If Berenson remains as much reporter as novelist at this point...he still has an ingenious narrative to show for it. Uncertain times call for tough examinations, and THE FAITHFUL SPY doesn't back away."
- Celia McGee