Alex Berenson’s first John Wells novel, The Faithful Spy, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. For more than a decade, he was a reporter for the New York Times, but he has been writing the John Wells spy series full-time since 2010. His work reflects the superior research skills he learned in his many years as a journalist.
The 12 John Wells novels Berenson has written as of 2018 cover the gamut of America’s 21st-century foreign policy preoccupations: Al Qaeda, North Korea, nuclear terrorism, CIA black sites, Saudi jihadis, the war in Afghanistan, terrorists in Somalia, conflict with Iran, ISIS, the complex US relationship with Israel, and the new Cold War with Russia. The John Wells books are listed below in chronological order of their publication. Each title is followed by a link to its review.
The Faithful Spy (2006) – Al Qaeda from the inside out: a thriller filled with suspense
The Ghost War (2008) – North Korea, Afghanistan, China, Iran, all in one superb spy novel
The Silent Man (2009) – An able spy story about terrorism, nuclear weapons, and Russia
The Midnight House (2010) – The Pentagon and the CIA take a lot of punishment for rendition
The Secret Soldier (2011) – Jihadis, the Saudi royal family, and an American soldier-spy
The Shadow Patrol (2012) – A suspense-filled thriller about the war in Afghanistan
The Night Ranger (2013) – An outstanding thriller set amid the refugee crisis in Kenya and Somalia
The Counterfeit Agent (2014) – Alex Berenson’s John Wells takes on a rogue ex-CIA agent
Twelve Days (2015) – In a nail-biting thriller, John Wells must stop a US war with Iran
The Wolves (2016) – Spies, a billionaire, and a supermodel in Hong Kong and Macao
The Prisoner (2017) – Going undercover for the CIA in ISIS
The Deceivers (2018) – Russia takes the next step in the latest John Wells spy novel
For further reading
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