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The Prisoner Audiobook

The Prisoner: A John Wells Novel, Book 11

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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling author.

It is the most dangerous mission of John Wells' 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.

©2017 Alex Berenson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Narrator George Guidall delivers a tone of intrigue while keeping to an energetic pace.... Regardless of which of the audiobook's many accents he delivers, Guidall sustains a consistent individual voice for each character.... Guidall is absolutely compelling." (AudioFile)

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    kevin 25/04/2017
    kevin 25/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A belter of a thriller"

    Gripping,full of suspense and intrigue
    Clever storytelling with good characters
    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and would put it in the same category as "I am Pilgrim" and "Nomad"
    I am now looking into more form this author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Snoodely
    Santa Barbara, CA United States
    04/02/17
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    "Another Winner from Berenson"

    If you love thrillers, than you have probably already discovered Alex Berenson’s John Wells series, and you already know Well’s backstory. If not, I recommend that you start at the beginning of this series, with “The Faithful Spy,” and, ideally, listen to all the prior episodes in this series before beginning “The Prisoner.” Otherwise, this audiobook might seem to move a bit quickly.

    Like most thrillers, “The Prisoner” tells a fantastic story involving a super-human protagonist in an impossible situation. Berenson enriches this recipe with his encyclopedic knowledge of history, government, geo-politics, current events, and geography. He seasons the pot with more than a dash of cynicism and good writing skills. All his descriptions of locales — which, by the way, span the globe in this series — convey spot-on detail and accuracy, conjuring up a vivid movie in the listener’s mind’s eye.

    In “The Prisoner,” we get to know the identity of the CIA mole almost from the beginning of the story, while John Wells and Ellis Shafer must struggle against the clock for the rest of the book, trying to track the traitor down. Berenson gives us some understanding of the mole’s motives for betraying his country — if not for his methods — by describing the horrors that he witnessed the CIA perpetrating in Iraq and Afghanistan. (“Buy off anyone who is for sale, and kill the rest.”) We also get disturbingly vivid descriptions of the even worse horrors that the Islamist jihadists are perpetrating on those who hold opinions or ideologies that differ from their own. (We can clearly see the source of Berenson’s cynicism.)

    As always, masterful George Guidall delivers an excellent performance of “The Prisoner,” with his beautiful, mature voice, perfect timing, and subtle inflections.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    Seattle, WA, United States
    07/02/17
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    "Heavy-handed Editing - TV Series Coming?"

    All of the John Wells novels are high entertainment, as is this one. However, the end of this story (no spoilers) took took the path of least resistance, which is quite unlike the previous Wells novels that leave the listener at the edge of their earbuds to the last paragraph. Stuff was just too easy for Wells in the end, even to the point of finding the bad guys in a city of millions by chance...feh!

    I smell a rat! This is what happened to Craig Johnson novels before his books went into television syndication. Johnson either got lazy or his TV editors starting working him over in a back alley. Berenson is starting to show signs of heavy-handed editing, as if his creative juice sputters out when the publisher says, "Hey, Alex, your year is up!...where's my script!!"

    Prediction...expect a TV Series or Film in the next year.

    I give this novel one Makarov up and one down.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    01/02/17
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    "Great listen; John Wells espionage thriller"

    The Prisoner is the 11th novel in Alex Berenson's John Wells espionage series. Earlier books in the series have dealt to a limited degree with Wells' personal life (specifically his ex-wife and his teenage son and his on and off conversion to Islam), but in this one for two years Wells becomes thoroughly domesticated with essentially a common law wife and their newborn daughter as he becomes a full time dad. He and his "wife" are even discussing making their daughter a little brother. But then his old CIA handler Ellis Shafer calls saying his country needs him for a job only he can do (Wells is fluent in Arabic and has physical features that appear to be Arabic). And the new president replacing Barack Obama is is an old CIA Director Vinny Duto with whom Shafer and Wells have bad relationships.

    Earlier in his career Wells went undercover as an al Qaeda operative for a long period. He takes that name again and attempts to join ISIS in Afghanistan. There is known to be an ISIS mole in the CIA but his identity is unknown. The plan is for Wells to get arrested and sent to a secret Bulgarian prison which is also a CIA black site. Wells becomes the prisoner in the title.

    The Prisoner has lots of ISIS terrorist activities including the planned use of sarin nerve agent for an attack at a state funeral in France where many foreign leaders are present. But what is different about this novel is the portrayal of the more human side of John Wells. Action and suspense are present in large amounts. Narration is by George Guidall as usual and it is stellar. The Prisoner has my highest recommendation.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • THATZLIFE
    PASADENA, CA
    20/06/17
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    "boring! not what the John wells books use to be. "

    As classic as the narrorator is, he makes every character sound 70 years old and almost the same.
    I use to like this narrorator but when they say a guy is 24 or 25 and his voice sounds 70 and exactly like the Ellis....it just sucks. The story line is very drawn out and boring also.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon K. Ladd
    03/03/17
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    "Perfect. As always...."

    I loved everything about this book (and all of the other John Wells books). The stories are well written, exciting, educational and have some witty humor (sarcasm). Wells is a true American hero but fights terrorism in other countries as well. As for the narrator....I'd listen to George Guidall read the phone book and be happy through the whole thing. I'm extremely picky about narrators and Guidall is my absolute favorite. If you're a fan of Mitch Rapp and/or Gabriel Allon you will love John Wells.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drew
    16/02/17
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    "Love these books and the reader 100%"
    Any additional comments?

    John is getting a little old for having the crap kicked out of him and I think it's about time to modify his role a bit like Silva did with Gabriel. That said there are few authors and characters I like as well. Mitch, John, Gabriel and Dewey. What a team that would make.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David Ginaitis
    06/02/17
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    "Excellent"

    Loved it Berenson is funny and writes a thrilling book akin to Greaney's Gray Man. Read them all and this was top 20, top 2-3 in series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rich webster
    20/09/17
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    "Another hit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great characters and a great story line


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to make all the characters come to life. Outstanding


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birth of his daughter


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. McDonald
    20/08/17
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    "And yet... I hope John Wells is killed off soon"

    (whining ahead) I really enjoy Alex Berenson's writing, and I have enjoyed getting to know John Wells, having loved "The Faithful Spy" and all that followed. That being said, his luck does need to run out. Or he needs therapy. Or Evan needs to die in his first posting with the CIA. I don't know. It can't just be the Ellis, Vinnie, and John show much longer.
    One thing that really rubs me the wrong way: If you had a female protagonist flashing back to high school, it would never pass the sniff test. So I am frustrated that John Wells loving his days playing football continues to be a touchstone for his character. It seems incredibly out of place. I want John Wells to evolve into something more, I'm just not sure what. Heck, bring Exley back and make her his manager. Make him do counterintel in the USA. Something... please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • msthompson824
    22/07/17
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    "Excellent as usual ..."

    Exactly what I wanted for my summer vacation! On my toes the whole time. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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