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The Ghost War
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CIA operative John Wells is in a running battle with an enemy that may have already won the war.

Customer Reviews:

  • A must read!
    I ordered this book because I loved Alex Berenson's previous book "The Faithful Spy" and also because I plan to meet the author in April at a book and author dinner. I took it with me on a trip to Mexico and read it on the beach. It is a great book, a real page turner. ...more info
  • Preaching
    I enjoyed Berenson's first book The Faithful Spy and looked foward to The Ghost War but I was very disappointed with his second work. The characters no longer feel believable and the plot is predictable. Most disappointing is Berenson's blatent political preaching and name calling. If I was interested in that I would read one of the numerous political rantings that are available. I won't be reading his next book....more info
  • The Thrill of A Good Thriller
    It's a simple rule, really: thrillers should thrill. They require fast-paced plots, believable characters and the kind of situations that might even make Jack Bauer pause. Alex Berenson's THE GHOST WAR is a very good thriller and one such book. The author of THE FAITHFUL SPY is a nice fresh face and voice in the genre and is worthy enough for the 'old school' thriller writers to pass the torch on to and bear with distinction. He's that good.
    THE GHOST WAR takes us for a ride in several theaters of conflict and doesn't let up with the suspense. Am I less critical because it isn't the same exact book as THE FAITHFUL SPY? Probably but then I wasn't expecting the same exact story this time out of the gate. I was expecting something new and was pleased to see that Berenson delivered with another front runner.
    It is a welcome addition to what's on the commercial book shelves today.

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  • Provides a tense story
    Veteran audio narrator George Guidall provides a tense story of a CIA agent who returns to the fold restless, recovering from wounds from his last job, and facing new Taliban terrorist activity requiring Wells' expertise to investigate in the gripping Alex Berenson story The Ghost War. ...more info
  • Pandering to the lowest common denominator
    Ok, the storyline is *ok* and topical but the author feels the need to explain EVERYTHING to the reader. Not only does he feel the need to explain every obscure word, acronym or unfamiliar phrase, he does it mid-sentence. This writing style is absolutely annoying. I can guarantee you that you can turn to nearly almost any page in this book and find an example. I mean give the reader the benefit of the doubt and assume we have at least a modicum of intelligence....more info
  • Standards have changed...
    I thought it was kind of, well, juvenile, most obviously in the beginning when our hero is recklessly speeding along deserted DC interstates at 3:00 AM, supposedly being babysat by a CIA chopper which runs interference for him with the state trooper who pulls him over for speeding...

    Yeah, that's gonna happen. And this kid had penetrated Al Queada?

    Following that scenario was aother scene in the bedroom of his older girlfriend who chides him for speeding, just like mom would have.

    At that point it was unlikely I could have recovered my interest.

    Next!...more info
  • Fine work
    I have to say that I am surprised at the comparatively tepid reviews that this book has received here.

    I purchased the audiobook as is my wont, to occupy my time on a roundtrip drive to the Nation's Capital. I had not heard of the author's first effort, so this was my introduction to CIA agent John Wells.

    For my taste, this was a very well written spy thriller. The pacing is excellent, the subplots are good, the characters are very nicely developed and the author obviously knows his stuff regarding the various locations, including Korea, Peking, Northern Virginia, a destroyer and a cargo plane.

    The love angle might be just a tad lame, but overall, the book was a hit for me....more info
  • Illustrates the Big Ending approach to popular fiction
    I'm usually reading two books at a time, one at the castle after I've finished my domestic chores - take out the garbage, clean the kitty litter box, dry the scrubbed dishes - and one on workplace lunch breaks when I'm free to ignore the rest of my world's imperative needs. But both volumes are unlikely to be of the same genre as I risk becoming confused, so it was unusual that I took up THE GHOST WAR and The Tourist at the same time. As a review is an extremely subjective measure against a constantly shifting standard, I have the opportunity here to at least compare the two.

    If I was to draw a parallel, THE GHOST WAR by Alex Berenson might also be compared with a James Bond novel. Regardless of the action that leads up to the dramatic finale, the conclusion is necessary to reader satisfaction; without it, the novel is a flop. Moreover, the continuing presence of the hero - 007 or CIA agent John Wells - is necessary for the series to continue. And, as far as the storyline is concerned, Bond and Wells maneuver in a world that is Good versus Evil; there are no subtleties and no shades of gray, and the victory for "our side" is unqualified. On the other hand, THE TOURIST could be compared with any of the truly excellent works by the British thriller writer Gerald Seymour, in whose novels about confrontations at the world's rough edges the entertainment value for the reader lies not with a relatively anticlimactic end game, but rather with the evolution of the storyline. Seymour's heroes are talented but disposable mid-level functionaries laboring in the bureaucracies of national police and intelligence agencies on both sides. Seymour's world is comprised of moral nuances and relativistic shadows. Victories, if they can be called such, are Pyrrhic in nature.

    About to enter my seventh decade, I've learned to better appreciate the subtleties of the world's national and ideological conflicts, especially as portrayed in entertainment media, whether written or visual. Thus, for example, I'll sing the praises of the remarkably intelligent BBC film adaptations of John le Carre's hero George Smiley (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People) over any of the blatantly simplistic Mission Impossible flicks. For that same reason, I'm awarding THE GHOST WAR four stars compared to the five I gave THE TOURIST, even though I'll concede that the Wells character of the former has matured as a fictional hero since his debut in The Faithful Spy (A John Wells Novel), and I look forward to Berenson's third offering in the series, The Silent Man. ...more info
  • Do You Need to Read The Faithful Spy First?
    I read the Ghost War based on a NYT review. I liked it a lot- especially for its new ideas and plot elements, I then read The Faithful Spy- which as other readers have pointed out, is even better. If it helps other readers, I like Da Silva's books very much, yet found The Faithful Spy even better than any of them.

    To help those who wonder if it matters which to read first- my answer is yes. The Ghost War gives away a number of the twists in the Faithful Spy. So read The Faithful Spy first. If you like it as much as I did, you will then want to read The Ghost War. ...more info
  • a very talented new writer
    very good reading experience except the chinese politburo part with those cartoon-like ministers characters. other than that, this book rocks!
    alex berenson has shown great creativity talent and smooth and sincere writing style, not pretentious at all. the john wells character could become as popular as vince flynn's mitch rapp or jack reacher of lee child's, those already widely and wildly loved heroes.
    keep it coming!...more info
  • Great writing style - keeps you hooked
    I won't repeat the story line as it has been done previously. I just want to share with readers how much I enjoy Alex Berenson's books. He really places you in the scenes very graphically and I feel his books are as good as the early ones from Vince Flynn. I have read The Faithful Spy and The Ghost Wars and eagerly await his next book. If you haven't read him yet, you have a couple of good books to look forward to....more info
  • The Ghost War Review
    This was an okay book. However, the hero, John Wells seems too much like a superman. He is sometimes unbelievable. All in all, it was entertaining....more info