Berenson Talks ‘Reality-Adjacent’ Spy Thrillers

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Renowned espionage writer Alex Berenson says he draws some inspiration for the plots of his acclaimed spy thrillers from the headlines, but that he would best describe his novels of undercover CIA agent John Wells as “reality-adjacent.”

Berenson chatted on Wednesday with attendees of The Cipher Brief’s State of Play Salon Series about his newest book, The Prisoner, his career as a bestselling novelist, and how he incorporates the biggest national security issues of the day into Wells’ fictional world.

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