Thursday, January 1, 2015

Twelve Days, by Alex Berenson

John Wells must unweave a diabolical scheme that is dragging the world to the brink of war. Someone has planted some nuclear material in an effort to make the United States believe that Iran is wanting to detonate a nuclear bomb inside the United States. The U.S. will retaliate for some terrorist activity and then give Iran a deadline to destroy any nuclear plants and open their borders to inspection or the U.S. will invade.

John Wells knows that this is a set up, but how can he prove it? He is no longer a working agent for the CIA and frankly he is not welcome in most U.S. intelligence agency circles. His idea of who is behind the plot is not even worthy of listening to, since the main suspect is also the largest donor to the Presidents recent election campaign.

But the man is also Jewish and believes that the U.S. is not doing enough to protect Israel from the death threats of Iran. Thus he has come up with an elaborate scenario that will plunge the U.S. into war with Iran and end up destroying most of Iran's nuclear capabilities and thus protecting Israel from any possible threats.

The writing is good and the suspense is good. The charcacter development is good and the scenario is plausible and very relevant to today's political landscape. Thus Berenson gives us a book that is easy to read, fun to read, dangerously accurate to todays policitcal possibilities and thus a bit frigthening to read.

So, why not five stars? Mainly I thought that the story started to drag towards the end and that John Wells made a couple of major mistakes that I don't believe anyone of his caliber would have made. But then again, he was tired, frustrated, angry and well emotinally, physically and spiritually spent, so making a couple of mistakes is probably the human thing that would have happened.

All in all this is a great read. Enjoy!

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