The Shadow Patrol : John Wells

  • by Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: John Wells
  • 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.
When they ask John Wells to investigate, he reluctantly agrees to return to the country where his career as an undercover operative began. But there, he finds a vipers' nest of hostility and mistrust-and clues that hint at a drug-trafficking operation involving the Agency, the military, and the Taliban. Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. And only John Wells stands in his way... for now.

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John Wells -- A new American Hero

A warning first, this is a series with a lead character who is developed more in each novel. John Wells is flawed, complicated and you need to start from the beginning. The author does not waste pages and pages (hours and hours as you listen) repeating his character development and the events that have shaped who he is now.

That said, I downloaded this book the day it was released. I started reading Peterson's books as a result of a recommendation from other authors I had read -- Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, Brad Thor. I haven't stopped since. The stories are well-written. The characters are not cookie cutter Good Guys and Bad Guys. You root for Wells and his mission, but you understand why his life is so full of shades of grey.

In this most recent novel, Wells is tasked to finding the source and purpose of drug dealers within the American military in Afghanistan. Are these men just acting for profit? Is there a mole in the CIA (for whom Wells privately works on occasion)? Is there more to these dealings than just greed? The story flows beautifully and Wells continues to work on his own growth as an individual. Great way to escape for a few hours.
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- Bonnie-Ann "bakesq"

Outstanding espionage thriller!

First, a reminder than The Wolves which is Book 10 in the John Wells series will be released on Feb. 9, 2016 and is available for preorder at Audible.

I'm a Fan of Berenson's John Wells series of espionage thrillers. The Shadow Patrol may be my favorite. The novel is set mostly in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012. As I mentioned in a prior review Wells is one of the more interesting of the espionage thriller protagonists.

The novel and the narration earn 5 stars.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio