The Faithful Spy

The Faithful Spy

A Novel

Book - 2006
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John Wells, an undercover operative who has infiltrated al Qaeda, is trapped between his terrorist associates and the CIA, which no longer trusts his loyalty, when he becomes a prime suspect in two bombings in Los Angeles.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 334 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780345478993
0345478991
Branch Call Number: Bere
Additional Contributors: Berenson, Alex. Faithful spy

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AnarS
Jul 23, 2018

Alex Berenson’s initial novel was as remarkable as his subsequent ones. It described John Well’s life as a spy convincingly. The nail biting episode of UA919 gave quite a scare although its safe landing had been most unexpected and acknowledged the power of prayers. Ellis Shafer’s attributes recapped how colleagues dislike individualistic people. More stirring was John’s treatment by the CIA upon his return and triggered profound memories of what the reader had undergone during the tenure of her employment. While the scientific formulation of the Ebola virus and Yersinia Pestis had been informative, it raised significant interest. The premature deaths of Toni DiFerri and Fatima had been disconcerting; but Well’s intuitive abilities were remarkable; and the culmination had its own implications. Curses also formulate in unimaginable ways.

Religion and politics are sensitive topics overtly discussed today. The former is an alliance between human beings and the divine power. It is like a two-sided coin. Believers utilize different channels to attain spirituality and righteousness. This does not make atheists evil because client centered therapists viewed people as being good. “Problem behaviors occur when the environment prevents a person from developing their own innate potential” (p.574). Ironically, everyone is doing harm every day and demean others. In retrospect then, religion befits a “passport” to execute wrong deeds, but no religion advocates violence. All religion explicit discipline. Islam doctrine preaches good values like peace, forgiveness, tolerance, generosity and kindness. Hence, generalizing or targeting a specific culture for transgressions is inequitable.

References:
Lefton, L.A., Boyes, M.C., and Ogden, N.A., (2000). Client Centered Therapy. Psychology, (Canadian Ed.). Chapter 16, p.574.

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cambridgedon
Feb 19, 2018

An entertaining read with an obvious gaffe or two (Yankees don't get into Canada without a passport anymore). Macho John Wayne type climax is a bit much.

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captbligh
Jun 26, 2017

A can't-put-down good read. Fakey if you think about it too much but who cares. What an ending!

rollingstock Aug 11, 2014

Excellent read, I'm looking forward to the rest of his books.

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BobScott36
Oct 17, 2012

This novel gives us an insight as to how little we understand Moslems and how fragile our defense is against terrorism.

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