The Deceivers

The Deceivers

A John Wells Novel

Book - 2018
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"The Russians don't just want to influence American elections--they want it all. Former CIA agent John Wells confronts a plot of astonishing audacity as New York Times-bestselling author Alex Berenson goes beyond today's headlines to tomorrow's all-too-real threats. It was supposed to be a terrorist sting. The guns were supposed to be disabled. Then why was there so much blood? The target was the American Airlines Center, the home of the Dallas Mavericks. The FBI had told Ahmed Shakir that his drug bust would go away if he helped them, and they'd supply all the weaponry, carefully removing the firing pins before the main event. It never occurred to Ahmed to doubt them, until it was too late. When John Wells is called to Washington, he's sure it's to investigate the carnage in Dallas, but it isn't. The former CIA director, now president, Vinnie Duto has plenty of people working in Texas. He wants Wells to go to Colombia. An old asset there has information to share--and it will lead Wells to the deadliest mission of his life, an extraordinary confluence of sleeper cells, sniper teams, false flag operations, double agents high in the U.S. government--and a Russian plot to take over the government itself. If it succeeds, what happened in Texas will only be a prelude"--
Publisher: New York, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399176166
0399176160
Characteristics: 434 pages ; 24 cm.

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AnarS
Jun 22, 2018

A very good read indeed. Commencing from Ahmed Shakir to Tom Miller to Eric Birman, it was full of suspense with a great finish. Alex Berenson has painted John Well’s profile perfectly. His features are just exemplary. As a goal driven person, he is street-smart and a survivor with outstanding stunts and talents. Usually surrounded by atrocity, be it intentional or unintentional, he takes responsibilities for his actions and displays empathy when he kills innocent people. Thence, from a psychological perspective, it makes one wonder whether he would be a victim for PTSD – posttraumatic stress disorder at some point in his life.

In terms of relationships, theorists have established that even the most stable relationships vary from day to day and over long periods of time (2006, p.223). This has been true in the case of Ellis Shafer and John Wells, as signs of disintegration became significant with Vinny Duto acting as the catalyst. Nevertheless, the tentative fragmentation created optimism. Shafer-Wells pairing should remain intact. The men to men interactions are pleasing to read, direct and honest. Julie Tarnes is prompt and excels at what she does, but Ellis is just as great. Berenson has also created a perfect character for Shafer’s wife, Rachel. She is fun loving and her interactions with her husband are entertaining to read.

Alternatively, Well’s relationship with his girlfriend, Anne seem somewhat inconspicuous. Affection is apparent from his perspective only. By proposing marriage twice, he has substantiated his need for a permanent relationship. Yet, her reaction/responses are consistent with cognitive dissonance. She is not only too cool headed, but she downplays his affection for her. With two pregnancies and three miscarriages, it is inequitable to fault ones partner for not giving his heart. Shouldn’t love be unconditional? If Wells’ goal driven personality is an impediment, then her reasoning does not seem to be compelling because women marry flight attendants, military crew, navy personnel and police officers too.

References:
Adler, R.B., Rosenfeld, L.B., Proctor II, R.F., and Winder, C. (2006). Communication and relational dynamics. Interplay The process of interpersonal communication. (Canadian Ed.). Chapter 8. p.223

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Eil_1
Apr 17, 2018

A clear winner for Berenson with this one. Thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to those who love thrillers of this genre.

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jackjanzen
Apr 15, 2018

I enjoyed this book. He uses recent events to make the story plausible. This one was a bit too fanciful. But that didn't detract from a good story. I think he left a few open doors for the next story. I can't wait.

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AlmadenAFS
Mar 01, 2018

Berenson is good at his craft he doesn't disappoint. Good book....fast read.

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dmcintir
Feb 25, 2018

Another fast read by Alex Berensen. His books are easy to get into the story and hard to put the book down once you start reading. I especially like that Berensen uses little if no profanity, in his books. This was a good book and a must read if you are a fan of John Wells.

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USAF1969
Feb 23, 2018

Alex Berenson can really come up with and write a great story. THE DECEIVERS is a wondersful addition to his superb series of books starring John Wells. Same great character and story line development as always. Wells continues to struggle with himself while still doing the job he does best - finding and fending off those who would destroy America. What makes this book especially interesting though, is the timeliness of the story line - just how far would Russia go to undermine America's election processes. Scary possibilities - hopefully not prescient. I like that Berenson is always circling around some our country's most glaring social and political issues. Great read.

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