Few authors put their heroes through so much work and danger as Berenson: superman and CIA loose cannon John Wells ricochets from Langley to Moscow to Zurich and back while the love of his life recuperates from an assassination attempt. Often stymied by his self-seeking boss (to sa ynothing of Washington politics), Wells often has what he considers a fine reason to go his own way. At first, he's seeking revenge, but then the plot takes a turn and it's a stolen Russian A-bomb. Even the villains and the victims in this taut tale are interesting, and the plot rarely falters. Berenson's got a fabulous talent for completely believeable action and plot. And John Wells is the perfect protagonist. A 5.