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Sort order. In order to forestall further Al-Qaeda attacks he develops an intricate scheme to pit the terrorists against each other by sowing seeds of suspicion that their leaders are collaborating with the Americans.
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Unable to succeed alone, he requires the full support of his boss Ed Hoffman and with the help of Hani Salaam the head of Jordan's intelligence service; Ferris sets in motion his body of lies The novel really delivers at every level a great story line of realism and great character development. The writing is done with a journalistic flavour, more of an account seen though the eyes of a reporter, one with first hand experience. Although it is a fictional novel, it reads like fact.
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His exploration of the complexities of espionage combined with his portrayal of the intelligence community makes this a terrific read and a page-turner. It is a definite stimulation to one's own imagination.
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There's nothing like an intelligent, well thought out spy novel with believable characters and credible situations. This was horrible! Indigestible and inexcusable. It's inexcusable when an author has supposedly smart people do stupid things. But it gets even worse here. Suspicious people accept information without question. Secretive people talk to other people about their secrets. A hardened terrorist yields to the pressure of being bored in prison to There's nothing like an intelligent, well thought out spy novel with believable characters and credible situations.
A hardened terrorist yields to the pressure of being bored in prison to and so spills all. But the last straw for me was when the protagonist's estranged wife rapes him. If you like an intelligent spy novel, read Alan Furst. Don't waste your time or money here. View all 4 comments. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed hearing about Ferris' time in Jordan. I felt like the best scenes were between Ferris and the Jordanian spy, Hani, and I also enjoyed the interplay between Roger and his boss Ed Hoffman.
These three characters were interesting and compelling to watch, although all of them were a little two diamensional. Where the book really fell down was introducing a love story between Ferris and an aid worker, Alice. He seems to fall in I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. He seems to fall in love with her remarkably quickly, and from that moment it seems like his entire world revolves around her.
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He is meant to be a war hardened spy, not a lovesick teenager. Overall three stars, but I could have stretched to 4 if the characterisations had been a bit better.
View 2 comments. Fairly well done. Mar 06, Joseph Sciuto rated it it was amazing. The purpose of the operation is to bring out into the open a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman. Ignatius, a prized winning columnist for the Washington Post, is undeniable acquainted with the methods used by the CIA and his knowledge of the Middle East is extensive which makes this book all the more fascinating and definitely worth reading. Well-paced, but as with almost all such stories, it suffers from being a bit juvenile in its characterizations over-simplifying people and their motives and a bit formulaic in its construction.
However, based on the reporter's background, it is definitely well-researched and quite a plausible plot. The technical writing and spycraft aspects of the novel are its strongest cards, much like the better Tom Clancy books pre-Op Center drivel. I had already seen the film before picking up the boo Well-paced, but as with almost all such stories, it suffers from being a bit juvenile in its characterizations over-simplifying people and their motives and a bit formulaic in its construction.
It's worth picking up - there are minor plot holes, as with all such fiction, but overall it's an intelligent portrayal. Reminds me quite a bit of "Spy Game", which I thought was the best-filmed spy tale I've seen. Apr 29, Jak60 rated it it was amazing.
I liked this book a lot; and there are a lot of things I liked in it: above all, the story is totally gripping, I could not put the book down, the last 50 pages are breathtaking! The plot is constructed as a masterpiece of espionage fiction: double games which become triple, quadruple I also liked the overall intellectual honesty I found in the novel, the non-western centric view of things in Middle East, the brutally honest portrait of the CIA for what it actually is - a giganti I liked this book a lot; and there are a lot of things I liked in it: above all, the story is totally gripping, I could not put the book down, the last 50 pages are breathtaking!
I also liked the overall intellectual honesty I found in the novel, the non-western centric view of things in Middle East, the brutally honest portrait of the CIA for what it actually is - a gigantic minster of bureaucracy, filled with too many incompetent technocrats "believing their own powerpoint" - as opposed to the way most spy novels tend to depict it, i. This is in my view one of the top spy novels I ever read - and I read a bunch of them.
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PS - I have watched the homonymous movie by Ridely Scott: not bad if you have not read the book, if not just forget it. I learned sooo much from this book. It helped me understand more about the thoughts and principles of Arab Muslims. I learned that America shoots herself in the foot in Arabia because we deal as arrogant interlopers. Yes, we've got the power, the money and the weapons, but it's their home. Body of Lies was full of adventure and spy story sizzle.
It would make a great movie starring Bruce Willis, if I got to choose. There were surprises at every turn and took me on a thrilling ride all the way t I learned sooo much from this book. There were surprises at every turn and took me on a thrilling ride all the way to a satisfying end. I've decided I need to read more from David Ignatius.
He writes for intelligent readers and me. Not up to the usual standards of this author's work. Only one character was interesting and smart and he had too small of a role.
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While the plot could have been fairly interesting, if the characters had not continuously done stupid things to propel it along, there was entirely too much focus on the MC's romances and the female characters were pretty laughable stereotypes. Listened to the audio which was read by Dick Hill who does male characters fine but his female characters and the love scenes Not up to the usual standards of this author's work.
Listened to the audio which was read by Dick Hill who does male characters fine but his female characters and the love scenes were almost cringe worthy. View 1 comment.
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