The Counterfeit Agent - Alex Berenson

The Counterfeit Agent

By Alex Berenson

  • Release Date: 2014-02-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 396 Ratings


“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.


  • Another great one...

    By Ptvogelzang
    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!
  • Counterfit Agent

    By Peanuts.123
    Did not like the ending at all.
  • The counterfeit agent

    By JdhND71
    Very unsatisfying ending
  • Good book, ending is crap.

    By Hobbie hall
    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??
  • The Counterfeit Agent

    By Buckshot09
    I thought the book was well done. I liked the ending even though it left you hanging until the next book..................Very well paced.
  • $12.99 for 384 pages with no ending!

    By GCLaw
    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
  • I should have heeded others' reviews

    By Glenview reader
    Don'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.
  • Counterfeit Agent

    By 66+
    Started 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
  • Half a story

    By Dgb65
    Ripoff, tell half a story and let the suckers wait for a finish. No warning, buyer beware.
  • Great depth

    By th3rma1
    Berenson 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.