The latest thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Twelve Days, Alex Berenson.
John Wells has just barely managed to stop an operation designed to drive the United States and Iran into war, but the instigator himself disappeared behind an impenetrable wall of security. Now it's time for him to pay, and Wells has made it his personal mission. There are plenty of crosscurrents at work, though. The White House doesn't want anybody stirring the pot; his old CIA bosses have their own agendas; and other countries are starting to sniff around, sensing something unusual. It is when Russia and China enter the mix, however, that the whole affair is set to combust. With alarming speed, Wells is once again on his own...and the wolves are closing in.
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"Narrator George Guidall provides another outstanding listen in this tenth John Wells mystery. Guidall has perfect-pitch timing and pacing for this type of thriller. He imbues the characters with distinctive voices by adding powerful unwritten features such as a gravelly undertone or a tone of coarse indifference.... Guidall's extensive experience with the main character, John Wells, doesn't hurt either." (AudioFile)
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I got hooked on John Wells after the first book. The author has taken the time to create a full character instead of an action hero. While Wells loves his country deeply, he knows the things she asked of him having taken a huge toll on him. Wells takes the time to consider the emotional impact of his actions, but he also has developed the capacity to stuff his feelings into a compartment and move forward with his job when necessary. As Wells has matured over the series, I love that he now trust his own judgment and moral compass to take action, instead of following the lead of his mentor or even the presiding president. Good for him. I won't rehash the story line, its covered in the book summary. Not entirely plausible but then it is called fiction for a reason.
"Good spy thriller!"
The Wolves is Book 10 in the John Wells series. It starts exactly where Book 9, Twelve Days, finished. I have rated all prior books in the Wells series either 4 or 5 stars. I'm rating this one 4 stars although is is clearly the weakest novel in the series. The plot is simply not as credible as the others.
George Guidall is one of my favorite narrators. I believe this is the first time I have rated him less than 5 stars.
I've been waiting to see if Alex Berenson is going to break into the elite group of espionage thriller writers (authors like Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, Brad Taylor, Ben Coes, Brett Battles, Brian Haig, Mark Greaney, Vince Flynn, Mark Dawson, Tom Wood, Nelson DeMille, and Tom Clancy). Berenson is not there yet, but he does show promise of the capability in his best John Wells novels. The Wolves is not one of his best.
I was half way through listening to this before I came up for air. I enjoyed it a great deal. Suggestion - don't read this book until you've read TWELVE DAYS. This one picks up right where the previous one ends.
This is vintage Alex Berenson. I have been a bit disappointed in a few of his latest works but TWELVE DAYS and this one are back to what I've enjoyed about the John Wells books. The story was interesting and full of enough suspense. Wells is his normal self and this time he actually gets some Agency help. I just wish he'd figure out what's going on with his feelings about Anne and deal with it. He needs her.
I have a feeling we'll see at least one of the characters from this book in another one.
George Guidall is, as usual, brilliant!
"Good Read, Good Storyline"
Although is Guidall is a good narrator, you sometimes can't tell which character is speaking. But the story is good enough to keep you going.
Berensen does a good job of location description, so much so, that when I travel to the places he's written about, I can almost navigate from it.
Plot was such that it kept me listening. I wouldn't exactly call it a nail biter, but it was good.
Guidall has to identify with Ellis the most. You can just tell when he speaks that he would be Ellis.
I've finished his series in about 4 months....it's going to be a long long time until The Prisoner in Jan 2017. :-(
"Great book / love series, but..."
Discovered Alex Berenson a year or so ago when looking for more books read by George Guidall. Alex Berenson's books are in the same genre as many of the other spy / espionage books that Guidall likes to read - I've enjoyed them all. The Wolves is my least favorite of the series as it's more revenge and less espionage - a departure from his prior books. It's hard to give a proper review without giving away the plot but I think I can safely say that unless you read the prior book in the series then you really won't understand what's going on in this one. While I enjoyed this book, I look forward to Alex's next in the series and hope that he gets back to having the main character, John Wells, fighting the bad guys.
The writing is good but George Guidall carries this book. If you're considering this as your first Berenson book, pick a different one. If you're like me and have already listened to his other works, you can't not read this. You just may not enjoy it as much.
"Wonderful, Awesome and totally righteous!"
A must John Wells. A great addition to the series. I hope John Wells doesn't stop.
"Cleaning up loose ends"
Alex Berenson's The Wolves is the third installment of a pseudo-trilogy where John goes after the mastermind of the plot he disrupted in the previous two installments. After putting up with a bit of political dithering, John takes matters into his own hands only to be further stymied and hamstrung until finally being let loose.
Tradecraft is minimal with John frequently expressing serious reservations about his ability to continue. At the same time, this is a tale more about revenge, rather than espionage with action more in line with street brawling, rather than a master assassin.While major national security disaster is averted, it is more accidental or circumstantial, rather than intentional. John is angry at himself for tiring of the game and he's taking it out on any convenient punching bag.
The narration is superb with a great range of voices and perfect pacing. Although the setup for the next installment is likely to be a bit closer to home, John is gradually easing into retirement.
Haven't read the print version.
The survivor, because when the world is in jeopardy I want either Mtich Rapp or John Wells on my team.
I love the way he is able to bring a story to life.
Thriller in the spirit of Jason Bourne
"This book needs a warning: contains graphic harm against children"
I'm a fan of the author, but feel the need to flag this particular book for the gratuitous and graphic pedophilia and rape scenes. The amount of detail was so disturbing, if it had been a movie it would have been rated X. Totally unnecessary, these horrid and haunting scenes distracted from an otherwise solid John Wells book.
"Best spy novelist"
There are many great spy novelist, but Berenson is the best. His attention to detail, masterful storytelling, and unbelievable knowledge, coupled with Guidall's narration, combine to make this novel one of his best.
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