The faithful spy by alex berenson is a novel following a man who was a cia asset in al qaeda the novel takes place in afghanistan and the united states john wells is the only cia agent managed to infiltrate al qaeda in the process he has become a faithful muslim but still an american patriot. The faithful spy is the first in alex berensons long running series on john wells cia deep cover agent muslim convert and the only american agent to ever successfully penetrate the taliban as the first in the series this novel is a classic spy who came in from the cold story a genre perfected by john le carre. In its starred review kirkus calls the faithful spy an audacious graphic biography and it certainly is that but then again it is about a man whose whole being centered around theology and his own religious beliefs at a time when these beliefs were about to be sorely tested. The intensity is already there of course in the story itself in the back matter hendrix modestly disavows being a scholar but the faithful spy provides just the right amount of historical information while simultaneously hooking readers on bonhoeffers tragic journey direct quotations are flagged with an asterisk allowing curious . For american spy john wells returning home after nearly a decade undercover is not going to be easy alex berensons debut novel the faithful spy reads as if torn from the pages of the new york times and has already been optioned for film its a zigzagging tale of espionage in a very real
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