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Starred Review. Displaying his trademark expertise and writing skill, Washington Post columnist Ignatius (Agents of Innocence) has crafted one of the best post-9/11 spy thrillers yet. Subtly framing a highly elaborate plot, Ignatius tells the story of idealistic CIA agent Roger Ferris, newly stationed in Jordan after being wounded in Iraq. After a failed initiative to flush out a terrorist mastermind known as Suleiman, Ferris, who's dedicated to forestalling further al-Qaeda attacks, develops an intricate scheme modeled after a British plan used successfully against the Nazis. Ferris's plot to turn the terrorists against each other by sowing seeds of suspicion that their leaders are collaborating with the Americans puts his personal life in turmoil and threatens his professional relationship with the head of Jordanian intelligence. Few readers will anticipate the jaw-dropping conclusion, and the pairing of first-rate espionage suspense with fully developed characters should propel this onto the bestseller lists and possibly attract Hollywood interest. Author tour. (Apr.)
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David Ignatius, journalist and author of Agents of Innocence, has used his vast knowledge of Middle Eastern politics to write one of the most compelling post-9/11 spy thrillers. While creating psychologically deep characters and painting rich portraits of life in Iraq, Jordan, and Syria, he narrates a fast-paced search for a terrorist. A few critics noted, however, that Ignatius bends over backwards not to stereotype his Arab characters (most are wise; few are anti-Semitic), while blatantly criticizing American foreign affairs. Despite these flaws, "One hopes that he has another book in the planning stage and is already filling in form DS-4085, requesting yet more visa pages for his well-worn passport" (Washington Post).
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An older Ignatius novel, but one of his best. Forget about the movie, which is still very good, and engross yourself in the book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by M. Murray
I could NEVER identify with the main character or any character within the book. It was sooooo one dimensional. Not a good read at all. Very slow.Published 2 months ago by Karol Love
I loved the movie adaptation, but the book was even better. Ignatius is a little dry as a writer but good spy novels usually are. Read morePublished 5 months ago by matt g
I first met this author's work through his editorial writings for the Washington Post. Like a lot of Americans I am driven by a deep need to better understand the complicated... Read morePublished 6 months ago by TooDog
David Ignatius is right on the money with his books about the CIA. I totally enjoy his writing and where does he get his information anyway???Published 8 months ago by gloria faylor
Exciting read with a lot of color of Jordan depicted so very well. One error - Petra is not a Roman ruin but a Nabettenian ruin. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Joan Short