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  • Published: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780399176159
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $49.99

The Prisoner




To unmask a CIA mole, John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi—and hope he can survive it—in the new cutting-edge novel from the #1 bestselling author.

To unmask a CIA mole, John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi—and hope he can survive it—in the new cutting-edge novel from the #1 bestselling author.

It is the most dangerous mission of John Wells’s career.

Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable—passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole’s identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it, Wells will have to do something he thought he’d left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison.

Many years before, Wells was the only American agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda, but times have changed drastically. The terrorist organizations have multiplied: gotten bigger, crueler, more ambitious and powerful. Wells knows it may well be his death sentence. But there is no one else.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780399176159
  • Imprint: Putnam
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $49.99

About the Author

Alex Berenson

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. He won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel By An American Author for his novelThe Faithful Spy. He left the Times in 2010 to devote himself to writing fiction, though he still contributes occasionally. Alex lives in Garrison, New York, with his wife, Dr Jacqueline Berenson, and their daughter Lucy.

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Praise for The Prisoner

“Exhilarating . . . when the call of duty summons, Wells rises to the occasion; his emotions may be mixed, but he still puts on a great show for readers”

Publishers Weekly

“[An] adrenaline-filled thriller . . . Fans of the John Wells series won’t be disappointed. They’ll agree with his enemies that if Wells isn’t Superman, he’s super something”

Kirkus Reviews

“As always, Berenson brilliantly blends global politics into an adrenaline-pulsing spy novel. But, most of all, there is Wells, a stone-cold killer who nevertheless does what we all wish we could do: stand up to the powerful and make them pay”

Booklist

“Masterful . . . The Wolves is driven by a terrific and well-executed plot, but where Berenson truly shines is in his explanation of how certain parts of the world work. These would include spycraft and the dark tradeoffs made by governments at the highest and lowest levels”

Bookreporter.com

“Berenson’s John Wells series has lost none of its power, novelty, and excitement. Wells is unique in contemporary thriller fiction [and] has become a richer character with each new story”

Connecticut Post


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