- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (September 17, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393317382
- ISBN-13: 978-0393317381
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 180 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The factional strife in Lebanon feeds on rumor, deliberate lies, and half-truths, and spawns mercenaries and agents of every ideological stripe. Most share a harsh morality that allows terrorism to advance. A very few others are committed to relationships built on trust, honesty, and a sense of mutual responsibility. One such is Tom Rogers, a CIA agent who penetrates a prime Palestinian unit and makes a secret agreement with a young deputy chief of Fatah intelligence. This first novel is a suspenseful account of the excruciating ambiguity of the undertaking. Ignatius, a former Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, writes with a fatalistic affection for his subject and deep understanding of its complexity. As a storyteller, Ignatius deploys drama, pace, and character to make this a spy novel of formidable power. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
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“A first-rate achievement in the best tradition of Graham Greene.”
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“An uncommonly informative and intriguing espionage thriller.”
“An unparalleled and hauntingly accurate portrait of how the intelligence game is really played.”
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“One of the best of all American spy novels…It resonates with the fraught work of making clandestine contacts with today's murderous extremists.”
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I loved this book because it is about relationships, believable ones, particularly the agent, his contact, and the proud, annoying scalawag from the PLO's inner circle they have happened on but can't tame. A host of other fascinating men and women populate it as well. I especially enjoyed the corrupt, sexy Lebanese couple and Levi, the nervous shape-shifting Mossad agent who hated his job. The tradecraft seems authentic, as well as the bureaucrat's dullness and the diplomatic corps.' pettiness. The sense of place is superb.
Incidental learning bonus: why did other Moslems not take in the stateless Palestinians? Apparently they were pains in the butt destabilizing Lebanon and Jordan with gun toting militants strutting about.
The novel is based loosely upon real people and real events, part of why the CIA called it a "novel but not fiction."
Reading it, especially the epilogue, can't help but illustrate the same mistakes we continue to make in trying to change the Middle East without understanding the true costs of such actions.
He also captures the exotic and absurd world of the foreign diplomatic mission with all its political and personal intrigues and jealousies which overlay the covert operations that most Western embassies sponsor.
The novel unfolds slowly, but surely, very much like the recruitment of the important agent that is central to the story. Unravelling the political factions and presenting solid information about the inner-workings of spy agencies adds greatly to the credibility and drama of the book. Ignatius' observations of the political situations described could only have been observed first-hand and this fact adds greatly to the reader's enjoyment.
Spies and terrorists are good subjects for a spy thriller, but I suspect very difficult to write, especially when such people in reality are usually quite banal.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well written and well researched story. I will now go on to read David Ignatius' other books.