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Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage Paperback – June 11, 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
Foreign intrigue specialist Ignatius (The Increment) continues his fictional trek through terrorist hot spots with this timely thriller about the CIA's bungling attempts to influence Pakistan's shaky, insecure leadership. Sophie Marx, an agent hungry to return to the field after a high-level but boring desk job, works for a new intelligence unit disguised as a Los Angeles record company, Hit Parade, whose undercover focus is to control Pakistani organized terrorist cells through bribery. It's not working. Not only are the terrorist attacks continuing but CIA agents delivering the bribes are being murdered. To make matters worse, Hit Parade's secret funding source—a highly illegal strategy to skim money from the world's financial markets—is rapidly becoming public knowledge. Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist, is especially good at capturing the work environment at the CIA, where petty bickering, one-upmanship, and moral lapses often get in the way of sound policy. (June) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“You won’t regret spending time with Bloodmoney.” (The Atlantic)
“Fast-paced, well-written and carefully crafted, Bloodmoney is an exceptional thriller. Filled with believable and interesting characters and enough action to satisfy a Steven Spielberg fan, it is a great novel.” (Daily News)
“A gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines CIA thriller set in Pakistan that will have you wondering just how much is actually fiction.” (The Daily Beast)
“[David] Ignatius at his best.” (Washington Times)
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Two matters stand out in this novel, looking through the eyes of the enemy and why he is motivated to act as he does. A brilliant mathematician/computer scientist/professor, "pondered how he might make these assassins feel the same fear that the people of his valley had felt for all these years," after seeing his whole family destroyed by an American drone. There is a bit of sympathy for this person, but he is still presented as a criminal. The other matter is the constant need for subterfuge, the lies of espionage and intelligence communities even within their own ranks, the problems and the necessities to get their job done.
The mystery to be solved is: Where is the leak that is getting agents killed? How do they know where and when these undercover operatives are going to be? This is a political thriller, a mystery that perhaps delves deeper into the seas of the espionage world than they would enjoy.
Where Ignatius shines of course is in describing the actions and methods of the news media. Ignatius, has researched his subject thoroughly, even traveling into these dangerous regions. It is an interesting twist to get inside the head of someone who wishes to kill your countrymen; but even more than that is the fact that the reader can picture and feel and know and empathize with all of the main characters. It is a well written novel that will pull you into its' world.
Regardless of whether the secret, high-tech CIA spinoff part is based on reality, this book shines a light on current events in Southern Asia. Ignatius stood in the shoes of each of the characters instead of having it just be Sophie Marx's narrative. She drives the story in that it's her job to uncover the truth, but the world of Bloodmoney is so messy there really are no clear-cut heroes and heroines. As a result, the reader sees the post-9/11 world from a variety of perspectives: the predator drone survivor, the boy from Waziristan who grew up watching the Americans arm the Taliban, the Western-educated Pakistani general, the warrior whose culture is steeped in vengeance, the old guard CIA, the change agent of a new administration, the foot soldiers operating without a big picture view, the civilian called on to help his country, etc.
The book spans the globe, from the San Fernando Valley to London to Waziristan, and Ignatius describes each setting in vivid detail. The descriptions of places I've been were quite accurate and I was able to clearly see the places I haven't been. Ignatius also incorporates proverbs from various cultures. The sayings in Pashto, Punjabi, Urdu, etc add to the depth and cultural authenticity of the story and are a good way to remind the reader that Pakistan is more than the simplistic description you hear on the news.
I appreciate the author's nuanced approach. Religious extremists, evil empires, and Al Qaeda only have bit parts, which is refreshing. In fact, the man responsible for killing American agents is rarely called a terrorist. The reader gets well-developed characters instead of labels. Additionally, this book never felt too political even though it's steeped in current events.
Minor quibble: I thought this was oddly edited. Unnecessary definitions got in the way of the story ("a flash drive is a portable data-storage device that could be plugged into the USB port of any computer") but an entire paragraph in French was left untranslated. Weird.
Bottom line: What better way to stay on top of world affairs than through a well-written and engaging spy thriller?
The interaction of the characters serves as a beautiful rubbing of culture on culture (and no body upon body... not necessary). My brother did business in the subcontinent, and he was always bobbing and weaving following the head across from him--making the infinity sign rather than a "yes" or "no". Nothing is confronted directly. Manners and obfuscation are the norm. He had one hell of time getting his software done, but it was worth the price he paid.
The book asks, is the old world (chivalry, honor and tribal loyalties) in conflict with the new world? Obviously it is. And we attack these people at our peril, for how they end wars and how we begin them can often be at odds. In the mountains of far away lands, vengeance is a way of life, not just an extraordinary circumstance of emotion that we in west seldom feel. If we kill someone in Pakistan who is in the house of a citizen of that country, we dishonor the host, and make him responsible to add to the vengeance game.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If we followed our own golden rule, maybe we would not have the dark rule of do unto others as they have done unto you done unto us.
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Believable, even if it is fiction. Highly recommended by me.
Looking forward to the next of the author's novels.