My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Alex Berenson’s latest novel The Shadow Patrol (John Wells) is his sixth novel and I have read them all. The plot was not as far reaching or gripping as his previous novels; therefore in my opinion, it wasn’t the can’t-put-it-down page turner I have come to expect. Nonetheless, it is well crafted, tightly written and the plot is filled with military and criminal detail which makes it highly credible.
Mr. Berenson’s star character, Special Operations pro John Wells returns once again to the service of his country. The CIA’s station in Afghanistan is penetrated by Al Qaeda and destroyed by a suicide bomber who the CIA thought was loyal to them. Mr Wells is asked to investigate to see if there was a mole involved. In the course of his investigation he stumbles upon an Army drug ring, terrorism and more than enough violent and dangerous situations, which as usual, he handles summarily. The ending is tight and draws everything together perfectly.
I highly recommend this book and if this is your first exposure to Mr. Berenson, I promise you will want to read the rest of his work. I look forward to his next effort.
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.