The Counterfeit Agent

The Counterfeit Agent

Book - 2014
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In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it's a big one. We've put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It's a test run. As the threat level jumps and the government mobilizes, something still doesn't smell right to Wells' old CIA boss Ellis Shafer, and so he sends Wells on a private mission to find out what's going on. But the two of them are swimming against the tide. From Guatemala to Thailand to Hong Kong to Istanbul, Wells uses every skill he has, including his ability to go undercover in the Arab world, to chase down leads. But it might not be enough. Soon there might be nothing anyone can do to pull the United States back from the brink of war.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnams Sons, 2014
ISBN: 9780399159732
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm


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Jun 05, 2018

Wonderful! Should have read it prior to reading 12 days.
Wells on cruise seemed far fetched due to his mission oriented personality; but more disappointing had been Anne's rejection and the repercussions of his decision towards the end. Pathetic because John Wells encompasses covert emotions....feelings for his family and the people he loves, which is evident in the measures he takes to protect them. The novel was fun to read and enjoyable. Wow to Alex Berenson and his talent!

Apr 27, 2017

See "Twelve Days" [2015] Same characters/quasi identical story line. Difference: male/female villans killed differently.

Sep 03, 2015

This is a book that I really liked but that had some parts that I also really hated. I absolutely hated the ending but I won't go into it so I don't spoil it for anybody. There are also some plot twists that were just dumb, where I felt like grabbing the main character and shaking some sense into him. However, overall, the book is really good and I had a difficult time putting it down

Mar 22, 2015

An entertaining, light read with an up-to-date, plausible plot. However, it doesn't have an ending; it just stops and leaves the reader waiting the next installment.

Dec 30, 2014

It's OK but not up to the standards of his prior books---a bit contrived and confusing and wrapped up at the end in a disappointing package of sorts.

Oct 25, 2014

The book is well written and keeps your attention, but a book without a great ending (and this one is left open) is unsatisfying. Based on that, I give it a C plus.

libbyo4 Jul 16, 2014

I just finished reading this book and at the end,the only word I could use to describe this book is "flat". I love this authors writing and have read all his books,but this book was way too long and frankly boring. I kept reading and anticipating a peak, but it never came. The book is interesting, but not Alex 's finest.

Jun 19, 2014

Can't see the twists and turns coming on this one. Could hardly put it down.

ChristchurchLib Apr 13, 2014

"Unable to prevent the assassination of a CIA station chief by Iranian hostiles who are allegedly plotting a nuclear attack on the United States, John Wells goes undercover to discern the truth on an assignment that takes him from Guatemala and Thailand to Hong Kong and Istanbul." Thrillers and Suspense April 2014 newsletter.

Apr 04, 2014

Not one of his better ones - short on action. But an intriguing mystery and conclusion

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