I recently finished reading The Faithful Spy by Alex Berenson. From what I understand, it made it to the New York Times paperback best sellers list. All in all, an interesting read. I do recommend it. It deals with a deep cover CIA agent working behind al-Qaeda lines for about 10 years prior to being sent to the US by al-Qaeda’s chief tacticianer.
I’m not a big fan of war stories, but this didn’t really fall into that genre. The story is more about how the agent deals with his work as he struggles to complete his mission after returning to the US. The plot is well conceived and doesn’t suffer from lulls in its pacing. Berenson does an excellent job of putting the reader in a position where they can experience the mixed emotions of a person who has spent a decade in deep cover.
From what I read about Alex Berenson, he sold the idea of the book to a publisher based on an outline and the general concept of the main character. Something not common for an author these days. Compare that to the lengths Jim Butcher had to go through just to get a house to consider publishing his work. Still, The Faithful Spy made it to the best sellers list and Berenson has since published two follow ups to this great book.