The Secret Soldier

The Secret Soldier

Book - 2011
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John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia in a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense from the #1 New York Times -bestselling author.

John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."

Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of the CIA, Wells goes undercover; but the more he learns, the more complicated things become, and soon he, too, is unsure whom to trust, in Saudi Arabia or Washington. One thing, however, is clear: If the conspirators prevail, it will mean more than the fall of a monarch-it may be the beginning of the final conflagration between America and Islam.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2011
ISBN: 9780399157080
9780515150346
Branch Call Number: BERE
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 24 cm

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7626dee
May 24, 2016

It is difficult for a westerner especially a non-Moslem to write about the Middle East especially Saudi Arabia. Berenson gives it a try but only an Arab can think like an Arab. The action moves well if the plot doesn't. The infighting in the House of Saud is legendary so anything written actually is possible, still it is best for Westerners to avoid dipping into this dangerous mess unless we use only our perspective, I lived there for 7 years and know nothing about an Arab.

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PennPal
Jan 13, 2016

actually conveys some of the conflicts within the Wahabist version of Islam, not only with the Quran; but also the Saud Royal Family.

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billmacrotarian
Aug 03, 2015

Following the events in The Midnight House, John Wells has left the CIA but is hired by the King of Saudi Arabia for a special assignment. Mayhem and death follow as the Americans and the Saudis are both the targets of a terrorist plot. The story is a return to form following the diversion of The Midnight House. Berenson’s series is a cut above the writing of the late Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Berenson has greater insight into the issues related to the Middle East. Having created John Wells as a Muslim makes the inevitable conflicts more personal than simple revenge or service to country. The Secret Soldier is as thought-provoking as any current spy thriller.

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Mommies2
Oct 11, 2011

I enjoyed this book. Lots of action and interesting info about the Saudis and their religion. Hope there is another book in series.

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rahmmie
Feb 05, 2011

It was okay but not as good as some of his previous books

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SEBoiko
Jan 11, 2013

If you on't test the depth of the water before you dive, you won't get to test once you've drowned.

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SEBoiko
Jan 04, 2013

When oil was involved, American principles got fuzzy.

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SEBoiko
Jan 04, 2013

Expanding national security programs was always easier than scaling them back.

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SEBoiko
Jan 04, 2013

Your tongue is your steed. Guard it and it guards you, abuse it and it abuses you.

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SEBoiko
Jan 04, 2013

The fate of the king is the fate of the people,

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