Several years ago I read a book byAlex Berenson entitled The Ghost War. Recently I read another book featuring Berenson’s hero John Wells. The Secret Soldier, was originally published in 2011. I read the hardcover version but it is now available in a mass market paperback.
The story begins with John Wells tracking down a rogue CIA operative in Jamaica. This part of the story is set against the natural beauty of the land and the ugliness of the country’s drug culture. Wells is retired from the CIA and is operating as a private citizen.
Upon his return to his home in New England (that he shares with his current lady-friend—a policewoman, of course), he is contacted by an arms dealer acquaintance who lives in Switzerland. The dealer says he has a perspective client for Wells. Amid much secrecy, and the promise of one million dollars whether he takes the job or not, Wells gets on board a charter jet destination unknown.
He arrives in Nice in Southern France where he is met by his clients, the King of Saudi Arabia and his brother. The King tells John of assassination plots and terrorist activities aimed at his family and his kingdom. John reluctantly accepts the assignment and is given access to untold millions of dollars to find out who is responsible for the attacks. Along the way, John and his friend Brett Gaffan go Cyprus, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to finish the assignment.
Despite your best efforts, you will learn a lot about the culture of the Middle East and how the royal family of Saudi Arabia lives and rules. Very interesting indeed. And nonstop action. I highly recommend this book if you like spy thrillers.
—Jim Harris, retired book sales rep
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