The Secret Soldier

The Secret Soldier

Book - 2011
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CIA operative John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon to find conspirators bent on tearing down the monarchy of King Abdullah. If the conspirators prevail, it will mean more than just the fall of a monarch -- it may be the start of a final conflagration between America and the full force of Islam itself.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2011.
ISBN: 9780399157080
Branch Call Number: FIC BEREN
Characteristics: 401 p. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 15, 2018

Reading the ghost war helped recognize some of the characters in the Secret soldier. The culmination of Jennifer Exley’s relationship with John Wells became clear. Though disillusioning, her reasoning was convincing. Comparisons between the two women (Anne and Jennifer) is easy to envisage. While Exley had class, the latter only utilizes Wells to satisfy her own desires and is inclined to protect herself. Regardless of John Well's character, he does not deserve someone like Anne - he deserves better. A remake of the novel (by recreating Jennifer’s role) should make the series more interesting. Conclusively, the story was based on political power struggle and got boring without providing any enthusiasm or challenge for the reader.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 05, 2011

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


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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.

Jan 04, 2013

When oil was involved, American principles got fuzzy.

Jan 04, 2013

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

Jan 04, 2013

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

Jan 04, 2013

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


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