New York Times reporter Alex Berenson won the prestigious Edgar Award for his first novel featuring CIA superspy John Wells, and he's likely to win additional plaudits for his latest book, the third in the series. It's an outstanding thriller that combines a detailed plot with three-dimensional characters, making for a very enjoyable, if frightening, read.
The Silent Man finds Wells on the hunt for a cell of Islamist terrorists bent on wreaking havoc on the West. But these are no garden variety suicide bombers. They've got something more powerful up their sleeve: a nuclear bomb they stole from the Russians.
While Wells' latest adventure lacks some of the rapid-fire pacing of the last book, it makes up for it in meticulous, white-knuckle suspense. Berenson is a worthy successor to spy novel masters like Frederick Forsyth and Len Deighton. He's one of the best writers in the espionage genre today.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, February 8, 2009