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VJ Books Announces Alex Berenson as Author of the Month

New York Times Bestselling author Alex Berenson is Author of the Month at VJ Books

Counterfeit Agent by Alex Berenson

“The world is a different place since the events of 9-11, and new heroes have entered the stage to root out the evil before it once again falls upon us. We can all sleep a little better knowing that Alex Berenson’s “faithful spy,” John Wells is still on the job. The Counterfeit Agent is a must read thriller that shows us just how in touch Berenson really is with the events of the day” reports John Hutchinson, owner, VJ Books, specializing in signed and collectible mysteries, science fiction, adventure and horror titles.

Alex Berenson was born in New York in 1973 and grew up in Englewood, N.J. After graduating from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics, he joined the Denver Post as a reporter. In 1996, he became one of the first employees at, the groundbreaking financial news Website.

In 1999, he joined The New York Times. At the Times, he covered everything from the drug industry to Hurricane Katrina; in 2003 and 2004, he served two stints as a correspondent in Iraq, an experience that led him to write The Faithful Spy, his debut novel, which won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel.

He has now written seven John Wells novels and one work of non-fiction, The Number. He left the Times in 2010 to devote himself to writing fiction, though he still contributes occasionally to the Times.

About “The Counterfeit Agent

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 it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

As the threat level jumps and the government mobilizes, something still doesn’t smell right to Wells’ old CIA boss Ellis Shafer, and so he sends Wells on a private mission to find out what’s 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.

Praise for:

“Berenson’s 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 world’s conflict zones.”–The New York Times Book Review

“[A] volcanic shocker . . . Working with plot elements that are terrifyingly realistic, research that rings as true as today’s headlines, and characters that brim with integrity and swagger, Berenson puts John Wells right up there with the best of espionage fiction’s greatest heroes.”—Library Journal

VJ Books is offering autographed copies of The Counterfeit Agent, as well as many other signed titles by Alex Berenson, many at special “Author of the Month” pricing.

The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson Book Review

Book Review:  The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson

Reviewer: Jamie Gravius from Brookfield, CT United States
Alex Berenson does not disappoint and provides another wonderful edition to this series. He is called in to investigate potential trouble within the CIA ranks in Afghanistan. Any fan of this series will whip through this book which is my favorite since The Silent Man. I highly recommend this novel to anyone interested in yet another wonderful tale of John Wells, the CIA, and ‘current’ events in Afghanistan. Alex is arguably the best writer in the ‘spy’ rogue agent genre.


Signed 1st editions of The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson now available!

VJ Books is now shipping signed 1st editions of The Secret Soldier by Alex Berenson.

Berenson, Alex - Secret Soldier, The (Signed, 1st)Author Signed Hardcover.  February 2011 NY: Penguin  First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dustjacket, signed by the author.  Each dust jacket is protected in an acid-free archival quality acetate cover.

John Wells goes undercover in Saudi Arabia in a cutting-edge novel of modern suspense from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn’t left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. “My kingdom is on a precipice,” he tells Wells. “Powerful factions are plotting against me, and my own family is in danger. I don’t know who I can trust, but I’m told I can trust you.”

Reluctantly, and with the secret blessing of the CIA, Wells goes undercover; but the more he learns, the more complicated things become, and soon he, too, is unsure whom to trust, in Saudi Arabia or Washington. One thing, however, is clear: If the conspirators prevail, it will mean more than the fall of a monarch-it may be the beginning of the final conflagration between America and Islam.

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VJ Books has received:  James Patterson – Worst CaseAlex Berenson – Midnight HouseSarah Blake – The Postmistress,  and Chuck Logan – Devils In Exile.