Published: January 28, 2010
David J. Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 8
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.