The Faithful Spy - Alex Berenson

The Faithful Spy

By Alex Berenson

  • Release Date: 2006-04-25
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 716 Ratings


“A well-crafted page-turner that addresses the most important issue of our time. It will keep you reading well into the night.”–Vince Flynn

A New York Times reporter has drawn upon his experience covering the occupation in Iraq to write the most gripping and chillingly plausible thriller of the post-9/11 era. Alex Berenson’s debut novel of suspense, The Faithful Spy, is a sharp, explosive story that takes readers inside the war on terror as fiction has never done before.

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.
Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri–the malicious mastermind plotting more al Qaeda strikes on America–Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wells’s superior at Langley, knows quite what to expect.

For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. He has become a Muslim. He finds the United States decadent and shallow. Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA–still reeling from its failure to predict 9/11 or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq–does not know whether to trust him. Among his handlers at Langley, only Exley believes in him, and even she sometimes wonders. And so the agency freezes Wells out, preferring to rely on high-tech means for gathering intelligence.

But as that strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley must somehow find a way to stop him, with or without the government’s consent.

From secret American military bases where suspects are held and “interrogated” to basement laboratories where al Qaeda’s scientists grow the deadliest of biological weapons, The Faithful Spy is a riveting and cautionary tale, as affecting in its personal stories as it is sophisticated in its political details. The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of today’s world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.


  • Not bad

    By Rika1974
    But could be more captivating
  • No page turner

    By jfordmedia
    Excellent premise unrealized here, as we plod through our hero’s unlikely story. Too much is predictable in this over-wrought novel of terrorism thwarted by an American spy planted in Al Qaeda.
  • Another great one!

    By Ptvogelzang
    These Wells books are excellent and I’m addicted!
  • The Faithful Spy

    By Scov2
    This is a phenomenal story!! Couldn't put it down and didn't want to finish it, at the same time. Thank you, Alex Berenson.
  • top-notch spy novel

    By FunnelEffect
    Great characters, pacing (not to slow and not too hurried), some good surprises along the way.
  • Good First Novel

    By Sommersboy
    Great characters. Good plot. Some nice twists and turns. A little wordy in spots. Would read his next book.
  • The Faithful Spy

    By BLadd737
    Loved it!
  • The faithful spy

    By Tech Commandos
    I absolutely loved reading this fast paced thriller. Congratulations on a wonderful first book Regards, Geri