ALEX BERENSON and DON M. PATTERSON- The Deceivers and Sierra Blanca



Saturday, February 10 at 2PM


speaking & signing
The Deceivers and Sierra Blanca


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.


A nuclear scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been found dead near the Texas-Mexico border. Cartel violence, fueled by a ruthless new boss, is spilling over from Mexico. Caught in the middle are a small town sheriff, a Texas Ranger, and a less-than-covert CIA agent. Set in Far West Texas during the late Cold War, Sierra Blanca is a genre twisting, pulpy novella that blends classic spy novel and Western themes. The Cold War and the Drug War collide in the distant town of Sierra Blanca.


This is Alex Berenson's twelfth novel featuring John Wells. As a reporter for The New York Times, Berenson covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq--where he was stationed for three months--to the flooding of New Orleans, to the world pharmaceutical industry, to the financial crimes of Bernard Madoff. He graduated from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics, and lives in New York City. The Faithful Spy won the 2007 Edgar Award for best first novel.


Don M. Patterson was born and raised in the oil patch of West Texas. Educated at the University of Texas at El Paso, Patterson continued his literary development writing government reports for the state and anonymous, angry letters to Major League Baseball. Patterson made his fictional debut with the selling novella Sierra Blanca, a Cold War thriller set in his native West Texas. Patterson and his wife live in Austin and aspire to own a dog.   

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ISBN: 9780399176166
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 6th, 2018

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