The Counterfeit AgentAlex Berenson

The Counterfeit Agent

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“Berenson’s strength is his deep understanding of geopolitics and of the shoddy compromises it demands. He clearly has excellent contacts in the world of shadows. Wells is a complex and satisfying protagonist, tackling bad guys across the world’s conflict zones.”--The New York Times Book Review

John Wells goes undercover as the threat of nuclear war skyrockets between the United States and Iran, in the cutting-edge new novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.
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’s 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.

The Counterfeit Agent (Alex Berenson) Book Reviews

Counterfeit AgentStarted out and read like he other great Well's stories . However, I guess the author must have been told by the publishers to cut it short or he needs the money from a next book. Ending sucked and a real disappointment from what I used to consider a good author. Brian.Score: 2/5

Ending stinksActually it’s the lack of an ending that stinks. I enjoyed 398 pages, then basically “now we have 12 days to fix this mess... now buy our next book to see what we do”. Last Wells book for me..Score: 1/5

The Counterfeit AgentI thought the book was well done. I liked the ending even though it left you hanging until the next book..................Very well paced..Score: 5/5

Running out of steamThe problem with these series books, such as this one with the John Wells character, or the now-tiresome Gabriel Allon books, is that unless the author comes up with a truly fresh take on spies and villains, the novels become less and less interesting. "The Counterfeit Agent" lacks originality. The same trio of CIA characters, Wells, Shafer and Duto are tossed into the same kind of crisis we've seen before. Wells will have to get out a fix, Shafer will be his usual old fox, and Duto will be the same jerk. There's nothing fresh about this story. The only character that promised anything new was Bishop in Istanbul. He seemed interesting. Reza's "secret love" was intriguing. I also did not like the open-ended conclusion to the novel. If you can't finish a tale in one book, why start it all? I have read all of the John Wells works. This novel fails. It was very disappointing. I felt as if I had read most of it in another volume. The author needs to deliver new thrills and new spy concepts if Wells is going to continue as a beliveable leading character. Alex Berenson has delivered a tiresome novel..Score: 1/5

Good book, ending is crap.Even a half assed ending would have earned 4 stars.. Be prepared to be disappointed in the ending. Obviously the next book will pick up right where this one left off but when will that be??.Score: 3/5

Counterfit AgentDid not like the ending at all..Score: 3/5

The counterfeit agent12.99 ? try 14.99 on my iTunes , too much.Score: 2/5

Another great one...Absolutely fantastic and another great one in the series. But, Alex, tiny quibble...A shot at Provo?!?! I’m a BYU alum, and Provo’s awesome, at least to me :) Irrespective, great book!.Score: 5/5

$12.99 for 384 pages with no ending!I love the characters, Wells, Duto and Schaffer. But it seems that Berenson has run out of new ideas and is now just rehashing the old ones. Nuclear device on its way to America, John Wells, with the help of Schaffer, stops it at the last minute, despite Duto's efforts to foil him. Then we are left with the US and China on the brink of war with no resolution. That's the ending. No answers to the questions that the book raises. It's as if the book ends 2/3 of the way through the story. I would criticize the ending if there was one, but there isn't.Score: 3/5

I should have heeded others' reviewsDon't get me wrong, I like Alex Berenson and I liked this book but...the ending CLEARLY is "to be continued". I will have forgotten the storyline before I actually get to see the ending. Not a satisfier..Score: 3/5

The counterfeit agentVery unsatisfying ending.Score: 3/5

Great depthBerenson is a skilled writer. This book is well-paced and offers interesting locations and encounters. Wells is a nuanced character who feels more human than most spy novel protagonists..Score: 5/5

Half a storyRipoff, tell half a story and let the suckers wait for a finish. No warning, buyer beware..Score: 1/5

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