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The Shadow Patrol

A John Wells Novel

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In late 2009, CIA officers in Afghanistan’s Kabul station allowed a Jordanian doctor into their closest confidence. In truth, the doctor was an al-Qaeda double agent—and when he blew himself up, the station’s most senior officers died with him.

Years later, the station still hasn’t recovered. Recruiting has dried up and the agency’s best Afghani sources are being eliminated. At Langley, the CIA’s chiefs begin to suspect the worst: somehow, the Taliban has infiltrated the station.

When they ask John Wells to investigate, he reluctantly agrees to return to the country where his career began. One thing is certain: Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. Wells is the only one who can unearth the truth—if it doesn’t bury him first . . .

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 12, 2011 – Edgar-winner Berenson’s compelling sixth spy thriller starring ex-CIA operative John Wells (after 2011’s The Secret Soldier) highlights an unsavory aspect of the Afghanistan war: U.S. soldiers who engage in drug smuggling while fighting the Taliban. The chief bad guy, Delta sniper Daniel Francesca, kills Taliban fighters and does away with any Americans who may be onto his drug-smuggling activities. The sniper, who’s on his third tour in Afghanistan, has clearly gone over the line when it comes to morality or sanity. Francesca not only knows that Wells, who’s come to Kabul to ferret out a mole in the capital’s CIA station, is on his trail but relishes the battle. It’s this riveting duel between good and evil that will keep readers blazing through the pages, while several other more mundane plot lines get lost in the background. This consistently interesting series shows no signs of running out of steam.

Customer Reviews

Ho hum, another year, another book.

Wells, Schaffer & Duto are great characters, well developed in earlier books, but dismally shallow in this installment. The plot was as deep as a comic strip panel. This last entry in the John Wells saga certainly relied on the character development and successes of previous books. This book on its own would not have gone far without the reputation that Berenson earned from previous entries.

It's very disappointing to wait for a new book from a favorite author only to find that he has either missed a beat with this one or is sliding down the slope of lazy authors who just pump out short poor plots as new episodes and rely on past successes for sales.

Come on Alex, you can do better and we as your audience deserve better.

P.S. It's Wells, Schaffer, Duto and the CIA as well as a much deeper mystery that you need to develop. Wells' attempt to rekindle his father/ son relationship is NOT why your fans buy these books.

The Shadow Patrol

Really good read.

Excellent read. Low cheese-factor.

The plot and action is up to Mr. Berenson's usual excellence. Low cheese factor means that the location descriptions, military lingo, depictions of military procedure and tactics, and technical descriptions are pretty accurate. When they aren't, the substitutes aren't so cheesy that they take away from the story for someone who has been there. The descriptions of BAF, KAF, Kabul, FOBs, Afghanistan in general, and the locations in Pakistan were good enough to remind me of time I spent in some of those places. It brought back memories for me. I definitely recommend this book.

The Shadow Patrol
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Feb 21, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 496 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: A John Wells Novel
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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