Thursday, February 17, 2011

Alex Berenson The Secret Soldier

Things are getting intense around here at Gelati’s Scoop. We are getting involved in much and have much more to do. Sound vague, yes but I have a few things going and can’t reveal all at this time. Next week I am going to drop in something neat, at least I hope that you like it. Anyway, we got a nice compliment from author Irene Hannon on our blogtalk show the other day. Irene was nice enough to point out that the guest we have had and will be having on the blogtalk show are some pretty serious names and very accomplished. I appreciated that; we have some awesome friends, and for that I am thankful. Thanks to all the friends of The Scoop. That being said, the group of nice people we have finishing out the month on the G-ZONE are: CQ Scafidi, Richard Doetsch, Leonardo Ramirez, Laurie Bowler, Aura Imbarus, and Jason McIntyre. There you go; we have it covered from romance to geopolitical thrillers to graphic novels. I am looking forward to talking to all of them. Oh yeah ,today’s novel, let’s get between the covers first:
“John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia in a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.
John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn't left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. "My kingdom is on a precipice," he tells Wells. "Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don't know who I can trust, but I'm told I can trust you."
Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of the CIA, Wells goes undercover; but the more he learns, the more complicated things become, and soon he, too, is unsure whom to trust, in Saudi Arabia or Washington. One thing, however, is clear: If the conspirators prevail, it will mean more than the fall of a monarch-it may be the beginning of the final conflagration between America and Islam.”
If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. If you have read my archives on the character and this author you know I am a fan. Berenson just takes this to a whole other level with this novel. The development of Wells in this blew me away. The intensity, the thought process, Well’s core being and motivations laid bare and raw at times for us to digest and consume made this one of the best reads I have had in this young year. The complexity of the storyline and the subplots made this even more fascinating .I would have enjoyed it just for the Wells development, but I guess throwing in a strong, time relevant , ripped from the front page thriller plotline was an added bonus that Alex Berenson decided to toss in. Everyone enjoys added value these days, more bang for the buck and all that.
I need to bring this lovefest to an end before you think I have wandered too far. Getting to hold an Alex Berenson/John Wells novel in my hand once a year is something I look forward to. I wish it were more often, but the amount of research that must go into something like this, I am going to have guess precludes the author from producing this high quality consumable reading on a more frequent basis. Maybe he could consider teasing us during year with a digital short story or two, could be fun. What do you think? I can’t be the only Berenson/Wells fan alive.
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