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The Faithful Spy

(2006)
(The first book in the John Wells series)
A novel by

 
Awards
Barry Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
Edgar Awards Best First Novel
A New York Times reporter has drawn upon his experience covering the occupation in Iraq to write the most gripping and chillingly plausible thriller of the post-9/11 era. Alex Berenson's debut novel of suspense, The Faithful Spy, is a sharp, explosive story that takes readers inside the war on terror as fiction has never done before.

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

Now, on the orders of Omar Khadri-the malicious mastermind plotting more al Qaeda strikes on America-Wells is coming home. Neither Khadri nor Jennifer Exley, Wells's superior at Langley, knows quite what to expect.

For Wells has changed during his years in the mountains. He has become a Muslim. He finds the United States decadent and shallow. Yet he hates al Qaeda and the way it uses Islam to justify its murderous assaults on innocents. He is a man alone, and the CIA-still reeling from its failure to predict 9/11 or find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq-does not know whether to trust him. Among his handlers at Langley, only Exley believes in him, and even she sometimes wonders. And so the agency freezes Wells out, preferring to rely on high-tech means for gathering intelligence.

But as that strategy fails and Khadri moves closer to unleashing the most devastating terrorist attack in history, Wells and Exley must somehow find a way to stop him, with or without the government's consent.

From secret American military bases where suspects are held and "interrogated" to basement laboratories where al Qaeda's scientists grow the deadliest of biological weapons, The Faithful Spy is a riveting and cautionary tale, as affecting in its personal stories as it is sophisticated in its political details. The first spy thriller to grapple squarely with the complexities and terrors of today's world, this is a uniquely exciting and unnerving novel by an author who truly knows his territory.

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"A well-crafted page-turner that addresses the most important issue of our time. It will keep you reading well into the night." - Vince Flynn


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Hardback Editions

April 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Faithful Spy: A Novel
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 0-345-47899-1 / 978-0-345-47899-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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April 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Faithful Spy: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 0-7393-2657-0 / 978-0-7393-2657-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Faithful Spy (A John Wells Novel)
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 0-425-24483-0 / 978-0-425-24483-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Faithful Spy (John Wells, No. 1)
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 0-515-14434-7 / 978-0-515-14434-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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August 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Faithful Spy: Spy Thriller
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 0-09-950215-1 / 978-0-09-950215-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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July 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Faithful Spy: Spy Thriller
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 0-09-179643-1 / 978-0-09-179643-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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2006 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Faithful Spy
Author(s): Unknown
ISBN: 1-86325-534-6 / 978-1-86325-534-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Audio Editions

May 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Books on Tape
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May 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy: John Wells, Book 1
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Faithful Spy
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 1-4159-3066-X / 978-1-4159-3066-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2006 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Faithful Spy: A Novel
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 0-7393-3360-7 / 978-0-7393-3360-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


April 2006 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2006 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2006 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy: John Wells, Book 1
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2006 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Faithful Spy
Author(s): Alex Berenson
ISBN: 1-4159-3065-1 / 978-1-4159-3065-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

January 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy: Spy Thriller (John Wells Book 1)
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


April 2006 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Faithful Spy: A Novel (John Wells Series)
Author(s): Alex Berenson
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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