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Interfering with the presidential election was just the first step.
The Russians don't just want to influence American elections--they want it all. Former CIA agent John Wells confronts a plot of astonishing audacity as New York Times-bestselling author Alex Berenson goes beyond today's headlines to tomorrow's all-too-real threats.
It was supposed to be a terrorist sting. The guns were supposed to be disabled. Then why was there so much blood?
The target was the American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks. The FBI had told Ahmed Shakir that his drug bust would go away if he helped them, and they'd supply all the weaponry, carefully removing the firing pins before the main event. It never occurred to Ahmed to doubt them, until it was too late.
When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share--and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life, an extraordinary confluence of sleeper cells, sniper teams, false flag operations, double agents high in the U.S. government--and a Russian plot to take over the government itself. If it succeeds, what happened in Texas will be only a prelude.
Russia's attempts to influence U.S. politics reach new extremes in Edgar-winner Berenson's timely 12th novel featuring wily CIA operative John Wells (after 2017's The Prisoner). When a massive explosion in Dallas, Tex., kills 398 people, U.S. president Vinny Duto asks Wells to investigate. The Islamic State has claimed credit, but this outrage has aspects that suggest a larger plot. Later, two high-profile evangelical ministers in the Midwest are gunned down by a former U.S. Army sniper, who appears to have been under the spell of a beautiful vixen with ties to Moscow. Wells eventually roots out evidence that Moscow is orchestrating these acts of terror in an attempt to stir nationalist feelings among American voters and encourage the rise of Paul Birman, a right-wing Tennessee senator who's running for president. After a long initial detour to South America, the plot picks up speed and moves swiftly toward a satisfying finale. As usual, Berenson's knowledge of geopolitical issues and government intelligence strategies impresses. Author tour.
The bar is high for all of the books in the John Wells series. This is one of the best as it hits on so many levels of plot and the root cause of what makes one of the two villains so bad and another so vulnerable. A great read.
A little slower than some of his others
I skipped a day of work to finish this.
I’m an unabashed fan of John Wells - I’ve read’em all. I’m not sure how to explain this, but there’s something about the way this story moves that takes it to the top of the list. Kudos to Alex Berenson.