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The Silent Man


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John Wells returns in the third explosive thriller from the New York Times No 1 Bestselling Author of The Faithful Spy.

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Alex Berenson graduated from Yale University in 1994, with degrees in history and economics. After working at The Denver Post he joined The New York Times in 1999. In 2003 he spent three months reporting on the occupation in Iraq. He lives in New York City. The first John Wells novel,The Faithful Spy, won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel By An American Author and was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger.


Edgar Award winner Berenson's third John Wells thriller-following The Faithful Spy (2007) and The Ghost War (2008), both also available from Recorded Books and Penguin Audio-finds the tormented CIA agent continuing his pursuit of his elusive enemy, arms dealer Pierre Kowalski, at the same time that two atomic bombs are stolen by jihadists. While Audie Award winner George Guidall (I Know This Much Is True) is one of the giants of the audiobook narrating industry, his folksy modulations might be more appropriate for less hectically paced material. The differences among his various accents are also less pronounced than they perhaps ought to be. Nevertheless, this one's engrossing. [Audio clip available through; the Putnam hc was described as a "swift and gripping read," LJ Xpress review 2/3/09.-Ed.]-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Lib. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"Alex Berenson's third novel, The Silent Man, succeeds in seizing the attention from the start and never letting go until the end" * New York Times *
"An exciting story and a timely one ... Berenson squeezes every drop of suspense out of the approaching nuclear holocaust" * Washington Post *
"Berenson's well-plotted and thoughtful third thriller to feature CIA agent John Wells ... Fast and furious ... this is a welcome addition to an excellent series" * Publishers Weekly *

Former Edgar Award-winner Berenson returns with another top-notch spy thriller that is as realistic and unnerving as anything in the genre today. After his fiancee and partner is severely injured in an attack, CIA agent John Wells tours the world in search of revenge. With a cast of international characters, narrator George Guidall has a tough task on his tongue-luckily, he comes through with a rousing performance that captures the dialogue with ease and holds listeners' attention from start to finish. Guidall's tone is gritty, dry and speckled with an underlying sense of realism that makes this story all the more frightening. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 15). (Feb.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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