After two high-risk missions, CIA special agent John Wells is living on the edge, his nights filled with disturbing dreams. He knows he has no time for rest - and he has made many enemies.But what happens next shocks him to the core. First, he is targeted by assassins sent by a psychotic arms dealer out for revenge. His girlfriend is left for dead. Then, in vengeful pursuit of his assailants in Moscow, he stumbles on a terrifying plot. Terrorists have successfully targeted Russia's nuclear complex and are planning an attack on America's shores. With the clock ticking, Wells realises that to stand a chance of preventing it, he mustn't let a personal vendetta get in his way - the future of the West depends upon him.
When members of a secret American interrogation squad that was running a black site in Poland in 2007 and 2008 and had since been disbanded are murdered, John Wells is asked to investigate. But his enquiries lead him to discover that while the squad came up with some very valuable intel, its tactics were questionable at best...
BELOW THE RADAR, OFF THE GRID, AND BEHIND ENEMY LINES:
CIA AGENT JOHN WELLS PLAYS A DEADLY GAME OF RISK...As a covert CIA special operative, John Wells knows the odds are always stacked against him. For every atrocity foiled, another deadly catastrophe awaits. So when it emerges that four of the world's most dangerous states are plotting together to unleash the ultimate nuclear threat, Wells realises that his odds on stopping them ranges from zero... to none. But that's never stopped him before. And it isn't going to stop him now...
CIA agent John Wells has been undercover so long that his bosses are no longer sure he's still loyal - or even still alive.For years Wells has been building his cover in the mountains of Afghanistan, his existence known only to a few senior CIA officials. But now he's coming home - and no one, including his CIA minder Jennifer Exley, knows what to expect.He is a man alone, used by two adversaries and trusted by neither. And as terrorists prepare to unleash the most devastating attack in history, Wells knows he is the only man who can stop them. With or without the government's approval...
In this commanding big-picture analysis of what went wrong in corporate America, Alex Berenson, a top financial investigative reporter for The New York Times, examines the common thread connecting Enron, Worldcom, Halliburton, Computer Associates, Tyco, and other recent corporate scandals: the cult of the number.
Every three months, 14,000 publicly traded companies report sales and profits to their shareholders. Nothing is more important in these quarterly announcements than earnings per share, the lodestar that investors--and these days, that's most of us--use to judge the health of corporate America. earnings per share is the number for which all other numbers are sacrificed. It is the distilled truth of a company's health.
Too bad it's often a lie.
The Number provides a comprehensive overview of how Wall Street and corporate America lost their way during the great bull market that began in 1982. With fresh insight, wit, and a broad historical perspective, Berenson puts the accounting fraud of the past three years in context, describing how decades of lax standards and shady practices contributed to our current economic troubles.
As the bull market turned into a bubble, Wall Street became utterly focused on "the number," companies' quarterly earnings. Along the way, the market lost track of what companies are really supposed to do--build profitable businesses with sustainable futures. With their pay soaring, and increasingly tied to their companies' shares, executives were more than happy to give Wall Street the predictable earnings reports it wanted, what-ever the reality of their businesses. Accountants, analysts, money managers, and individual investors played along, while the Securities and Exchange Commission found itself overwhelmed and underequipped to cope with the earnings game.
The Number offers a unified vision of how today's accounting scandals reflect a broader system failure. As long as investors remain too focused on the number, companies will find ways to manipulate it. Alex Berenson gives anyone who has ever invested in--or worked for--a public company the tools necessary to see beyond the cult of the number, understand accounting and its limits, and recognize patterns that can lead to fraud. After two decades of stock market hype, The Number offers a welcome dose of truth about the way Wall Street and corporate America really work.
From the Hardcover edition.
A John Wells thriller and the first Headline title from NYT #1 bestseller Alex Berenson.Those in power always need an unofficial option. Meet John Wells.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah fears he is fast losing control of his family and his people. A series of terrorist attacks has put his kingdom on edge and, with powerful factions turning against him, the king must turn to the one man he has been told will make the difference.
Ex-CIA operative John Wells knows all too well how covert internal battles can undermine a nation. With the stability of a powerful Middle Eastern country at stake, he goes undercover to investigate King Abdullah's claims. But as Wells begins to unravel the conspiracy, it takes an unexpected twist. The plotters want more than the fall of a monarch. Their objective is to spark the final bloody conflagration between Islam and the West.
Has time finally run out for John Wells?
A killer is on the loose . . .In 2009, the CIA officers in Afghanistan's Kabul Station received information from a reliable source regarding the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. But when they followed the informant to bin Laden's apparent location, they discovered it was a deadly trap. The man blew himself up, taking the chief of station and several senior officers with him.Two years later, the station still hasn't recovered and the situation has deteriorated. Every initiative meets with failure. No one knows who to trust. In desperation, John Wells' old CIA bosses ask him to go over and investigate. Reluctantly, Wells agrees but what he finds when he gets there is more than a station in disarray. There is a full-blown military drug-smuggling operation underway, and worse, a traitor is leaking information to the Taliban. Americans are dying, and an American is responsible - and this is just the beginning. Only Wells stands in the traitor's way . . . for now.
This is NYT bestselling author Alex Berenson's seventh gripping spy novel featuring ex-CIA agent John Wells. For countless Somali asylum seekers, the Dadaab refugee camps have provided crucial shelter from war and drought. Yet they have never been safe. When four American camp volunteers leave for a well-earned rest, bandits hijack their car, and they awake hooded and bound. Hostages. Ex-CIA agent John Wells is persuaded to Kenya to find them. But Wells is no expert on kidnappings or East Africa. The clock is ticking, and the White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia. If the hostages aren't found, they'll be killed and America could end up in a war it never should have started... Everything rests on Wells. But is this mission too much, even for him?
This is New York Times bestseller Alex Berenson's eighth gripping spy novel featuring ex-CIA agent John Wells. At an Istanbul hotel, an informant tells the CIA that Iranian forces intend to kill a station chief. Ex-CIA agent John Wells, an expert in the Arab field, is summoned in to investigate, just as the tip comes true. So when the source warns of a radioactive package on a ship bound for the United States it's imperative he's taken seriously.As the threat rises and the government springs into action, something doesn't feel right. Sent on a private mission from Guatemala to Thailand, Hong Kong to Istanbul, Wells must now use every skill he has to hunt down the threat.Because soon it may be too late to pull the United States back from the brink of war. Can John Wells succeed where all others have failed?
Those in power always need an unofficial option.Meet John Wells.Wells and his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto have uncovered a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But with no hard evidence, no one at the top will listen.The President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran - furious and frightened - have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells and his team now have only twelve days to prove their theory. From Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, Israel to Russia, they desperately pursue all clues, while the United States orders forces into place and Iran mobilizes a squad of suicide bombers.As the deadline approaches, will Wells be able to do enough to stop a full-scale escalation into war?
CIA agent John Wells refuses to let a privileged businessman walk away from a crime in this novel of modern suspense from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.
John Wells has just barely managed to stop an operation designed to drive the United States and Iran into war, but the instigator himself disappeared behind an impenetrable war of security. Now it’s time for him to pay, and Wells has made it his personal mission. There are plenty of crosscurrents at work, though. The White House doesn’t want anybody stirring the pot; his old CIA bosses have their own agendas; other countries are starting to sniff around, sensing something unusual. It is when Russia and China enter the mix, however, that the whole affair is set to combust. With alarming speed, Wells is once again on his own...and the wolves are closing in.
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 be only a prelude.
Le manuscrit bloqué par Amazon, qui a poussé Elon Musk à appeler à son démantèlement, et finalement autorisé par Jeff Bezos.
Que vous ayez douté du discours de panique relayé par les médias depuis le début ou bien que vous commenciez juste à vous demander pourquoi les prévisions tragiques de mars et d'avril ne se sont pas réalisées, ce livre d'investigation vous apportera les informations factuelles, précises et rigoureuses avec leur source.
Si vous avez peur de remettre vos enfants à l'école, de retourner dans votre entreprise, ou de reprendre une vie sociale, ce livre vous aidera aussi à retrouver votre vie.
Ex-journaliste du New York Times et critique des modèles scientifiques alarmistes qui ont conduit au confinement, Alex Berenson apporte une vision contradictoire à l'hystérie médiatique autour du coronavirus dans cette série de chroniques répondant aux questions cruciales sur le COVID.
Comment le nombre de décès dus au Covid est-il établi ?
Combien de personnes sont susceptibles de mourir dans le pire scénario ?
Quelles sont les preuves que le confinement soit efficace, ou pas, pour réduire la diffusion de la maladie ?
Est-ce une mesure susceptible de ralentir la propagation de demander à la population de porter des masques en public ?
Y a-t-il un risque de seconde vague ? L'épidémie va-t-elle revenir à l'automne ?
Pourquoi les prévisions d'hospitalisations dues au coronavirus se sont-elles révélées fausses ?
Les enfants courent-ils un grand danger face au coronavirus ?
À quel point le SARS-CoV-2 est-il létal ? Est-il plus dangereux que la grippe ?
Quelles sont les personnes les plus à risque ?
De quelle manière ce coronavirus s'est-il principalement répandu ? Depuis combien de temps circule-t-il ?
Combien de personnes ont déjà été infectées ?
Pourquoi les modèles de prédiction utilisés par les décideurs politiques au moment de se mettre d'accord sur des mesures de confinement se sont-ils révélés si imprécis ?
Quels sont les éléments qui vont en faveur ou à l'encontre du confinement, du point de vue de la santé publique, et sans prendre en compte les dommages économiques, pédagogiques et sociétaux que celui-ci engendre ?
Quelle gravité ont-ils déjà atteint, et jusqu'à quel point peuvent-ils empirer ?
Avons-nous développé une immunité contre le COVID-19 ?
Quel a été l'impact psychologique du confinement ?
Grâce aux sources officielles du monde entier - dont des données de niveau national et gouvernemental, des rapports des institutions de santé publique - ce livre d'investigation nous offre des réponses claires, concises et chiffrées à certaines des questions les plus importantes sur le coronavirus : après plus de quatre mois d'efforts effrénés des scientifiques, les réponses à ces dites questions ont toutes été au moins en partie trouvées. Les liens vers les articles et données auxquels Alex Berenson fait référence, vous permettront de juger par vous-même si les sources étayent ses réponses.
Notez bien : Ce livre sera publié en plusieurs parties. La partie I contient : une introduction, une analyse de la façon dont les décès dus au Covid sont répertoriés et une évaluation du taux de mortalité du virus.
When four young volunteers in Kenya decide to take a break from working at a Somali refugee camp, they pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. But they get more than they bargained for when they are kidnapped. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages.
John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn't his usual playing field. And when he arrives, he finds that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined.
The clock is ticking and the White House is edging closer to an invasion of Somalia. Wells has a unique ability to go undercover and stir things up, but if he can't find the hostages soon, they'll be dead-'and the U.S. may be in a war it never should have begun.
In Saudi Arabia, a series of terrorist attacks has put the Kingdom on edge. King Abdullah is losing his hold, and his own secret police cannot be trusted. With nowhere to turn, the king asks for ex-CIA agent John Wells's help.
Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of his former CIA boss, Wells begins to unravel the conspiracy, and realizes that there is more than one country at stake-because the plotters want more than the fall of a monarch. They want to start the final battle between America and Islam-with only themselves as the victors...
When two former covert agents are gunned down, John Wells learns that the victims were part of an interrogation team that operated out of a secret base called the Midnight House, where they extracted information from the toughest jihadis. Wells must find out who is hunting and killing them. But the trail of blood leads him to a place he couldn't have imagined.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost War and The Faithful Spy
CIA agent John Wells has spent years in the company of evil men. He's paid the price and is beginning to doubt if he can ever live a normal life. And when a powerful adversary from his past finds him, Wells must once again enter the fray.
For his country. For his soul. For revenge...
In late 2009, CIA officers in Afghanistan’s Kabul station allowed a Jordanian doctor into their closest confidence. In truth, the doctor was an al-Qaeda double agent--and when he blew himself up, the station’s most senior officers died with him.
Years later, the station still hasn’t recovered. Recruiting has dried up and the agency’s best Afghani sources are being eliminated. At Langley, the CIA’s chiefs begin to suspect the worst: somehow, the Taliban has infiltrated the station.
When they ask John Wells to investigate, he reluctantly agrees to return to the country where his career began. One thing is certain: Americans are dying, and an American is responsible. Wells is the only one who can unearth the truth--if it doesn’t bury him first . . .
Berensons strength is his deep understanding of geopolitics and of the shoddy compromises it demands. He clearly has excellent contacts in the world of shadows. Wells is a complex and satisfying protagonist, tackling bad guys across the worlds conflict zones.--The New York Times Book ReviewJohn Wells goes undercover as the threat of nuclear war skyrockets between the United States and Iran, in the cutting-edge new novel from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author.In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And its a big one. Weve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. Its a test run.As the threat level jumps and the government mobilizes, something still doesnt smell right to Wellss old CIA boss Ellis Shafer, and so he sends Wells on a private mission to find out whats going on. But the two of them are swimming against the tide. From Guatemala to Thailand to Hong Kong to Istanbul, Wells uses every skill he has, including his ability to go undercover in the Arab world, to chase down leads. But it might not be enough. Soon there might be nothing anyone can do to pull the United States back from the brink of war.
John Wells has only twelve days to stop the United States from being tricked into invading Iran in the new cutting-edge novel of modern suspense from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.
Wells, with his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto, has uncovered a staggering plot, a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But they have no hard evidence, and no one at Langley or the White House will listen.
Now the President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran-'furious and frightened-'have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells, Shafer, and Duto know they have only twelve days to find the proof they need. They fan out, from Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, Israel to Russia, desperately trying to tease out the clues in their possession. Meanwhile, the United States is moving soldiers and Marines to Iran's border. And Iran has mobilized its own squad of suicide bombers.
And as the days tick by and the obstacles mount, they realize that everything they do may not be enough...