- Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002WTCC30
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
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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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From Bookmarks Magazine
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).
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Body of Lies tells the story of Roger Ferris, A CIA field officer who gains the trust & friendship of the head of the Jordanian Intelligence Service & the respect of his own service when he learns to balance American Gungho-ism with Middle eastern respect & traditionalism. Ferris is dedicated to the elimination of a 'Mujahid' commander known as Suleiman. He will do whatever he can to take him out, even if it means going behind his Services back or betraying a friendship with a man that he can't really afford to lose.
Additionally, there were way too many scenes in the book with men calling each other "my dear" or "darling". I'm not Jordanian, and, perhaps, that is how they speak in Jordan - but to my viewpoint, that came off as very weird in a hardcore action/thriller book. I have a hard time imagining the head of the Jordanian intelligence unit calling the local CIA officer "my dear". That just doesn't work for me.
Overall, a very choppy and uneven book that left a lot on the table. I think an interesting story line could have been developed if the new girlfriend would have turned out to be a terrorist working against him, etc. There were so many other options, but all the reader got was a pageful of schmaltz.
Ignatius clearly has some talent, but the book is disappointing because you know the author could have done more. I will check out future books, but Ignatius does not make the cut to be on my "A list" of authors.