The Silent Man

The Silent Man

Book - 2009
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes another remarkable novel of espionage today and right around the corner. Alex Berenson's The Faithful Spy was declared one of the best spy stories ever told (The Wall Street Journal), and The Ghost War mesmerizing . . . an extraordinary achievement. Wells is a complex blend of smarts, scars, cynicism and wile. And the book's imaginings seem not so much ripped from the headlines as eerily destined to be set in type for tomorrow's (The News & Observer). Berenson's third novel, however, is his most masterful yet. It isn't easy to steal warheads from the heart of Russia's nuclear complex in Mayak. It requires a great deal of money, coordination, ingenuity, and sleight-of-hand, and just a touch of luck. But if you're determined enough, anything is possible. It's been a rough few years for CIA agent John Wells. The undercover work in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the attack on the United States, the Chinese plot that could have led to war. Wells is exhausted, and his nights filled with disturbing dreams. But he knows he has no time for that. He has made many enemies, and the world won't stay quiet for long. Nevertheless, Wells is not prepared for what is about to happen. He and his colleague and fiancée Jennifer Exley are driving into work when traffic comes to a standstill, due to accidents on both bridges into Washington. A pretty big coincidence, he thinks, beginning to get a bad feeling, a feeling that only gets worse when he spots the red motorcycle zooming up between cars toward him. Before the day is over, several people will be dead or severely injured, Exley among them, and Wells will be a man possessed. The attackers are Russian, and it is to Russia that Wells must follow the trail. He finds what he's looking for, but also a great deal more. A plan of almost unimaginable consequences is in motion, and Wells has no idea if he has discovered it in time. The last few years have been rough indeed, but the next few weeks will be much, much worse. Real-world threats, authentic details, a scenario as dramatic as it is chillingly plausible, Alex Berenson's new novel is another timely reminder of the extremely precarious way we live now (The Washington Post).
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons/Jove Books, c2009, 2010.
ISBN: 9780399155383
0399155384
9780515147537

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billmacrotarian
Mar 25, 2015

The Silent Man is the third in a series of novels featuring CIA agent John Wells. This entry begins with the theft of two nuclear weapons from Russia by terrorists who want to punish the USA. As the result of a failed assassination attempt Wells gets on the terrorists’ trail. The detective portion of the story is interesting as the CIA tracks down companies, ships, and people. The climax is brief and less spectacular than the novel’s predecessors. The Silent Man is overly long and while a good entry doesn’t meet the standards of the previous two books in the series.

jeanlob Mar 29, 2014

I began reading the John Wells series of books last month. I had read The Shadow Patrol cuz I needed a book to read and my husband had just finished that one. I was hooked, so I went back and started at the beginning with The Faithful Spy. Tonight I finished The Silent Man - wow. It was all the more frightening cuz I believe there are people in the world who hate America so much that they would detonate a nuclear weapon here. I can't wait to begin The Midnight House tomorrow. Awesome books.

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Tricone
Sep 02, 2012

John Wells #3

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lmcrane
Jul 30, 2012

This book was good. I didn't read the prior books in this series, but didn't feel I missed out on anything by jumping in here. We really do take our safety here in the US for granted, and it was rather frightening to think about a nuclear bomb being assembled and going off here in our country. Of course in the story this terrorist plot is thwarted.

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rcatman59a
Aug 20, 2011

Excellent third outing!

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