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The Director: A Novel Hardcover – June 2, 2014
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Another brilliant thriller from the Dean of International Intrigue. Deception, deceit, and dishonor―The Director doesn't let up and absolutely doesn't disappoint! I loved this book! (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Hidden Order)
The best part of The Director is watching Ignatius grab the history of American intelligence and use it to divine our technological future. Here's your chance to see inside the CIA. Sculpted with an insider's eye, The Director shows you real people, real espionage, and the real threats to our national security. (Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of The Fifth Assassin)
[A] frighteningly convincing spy thriller. (Publishers Weekly, Starred review)
As a writer, Ignatius doesn’t know how to tell a bad story. His unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world propels his work so far above others who dabble in the field that there''s little comparison. (Kirkus Reviews)
Ignatius has given readers another compelling and enlightening look at what might happen next month. Must-read twenty-first-century espionage fiction. (Booklist, Starred Review)
I’m not rolling a log or exaggerating when I call this the best spy novel I’ve read since John le Carré’s Smily’s People way back in 1979… I now intend to read everything that Ignatius has ever written. (Philip Kerr - Washington Post)
A lively read. (Foreign Policy Magazine)
David Ignatius’s novels have always been a clef in the best sense: closely connected to, and very revealing and insightful about, the trends and tensions in the news… [A] page-turning read. (James Fallows - The Atlantic)
Ignatius uses all his Washington insider experience to give his story its sharp authenticity. (Daily Mail (UK))
If you think cybercrime and potential worldwide banking meltdown is a fiction, read this sensational thriller and reconsider any investing strategy you might have. (Bob Woodward - Politico)
One of his best… Ignatius has a gift for portraying the soldiers of the CIA bureaucracy in all their ambition, heroism and pettiness, and what he suggests about the nation’s cybersecurity will keep you up at night. (Mary Ann Gwinn - Seattle Times)
Top Customer Reviews
The plot goes back and forth between deals and double deals and nothing is as it seems. Ignatius introduces us to the British background to the formation of the CIA and to the claim that the agency was molded after MI6 after WWII. He indicates in an afterward that this allegation was true with England holding the reins for many years.
Weber learns that he cannot trust anyone in his team, although he begins what might become a love affair with one of his department heads until the point where she seemingly betrays his trust. Ignatius does not glorify any one character but paints them as they would probably be if faced with these same problems in real life.
A must read book, and one that might be easily finished in one night once the reader gets into it.
My primary impression was that no one in the higher levels of Intelligence really has much grasp of reality. It's a Wilderness of Mirrors. Perhaps that is true but it does not make for a very good novel as far as I am concerned. Despite all the plot twists and turns, betrayals, new allegiances, etc. the ending reeked of a "deadline finish" to me.....something that had to be wrapped up very quickly no matter how little sense it made just to meet the publisher's deadline. At least it sure left me scratching my head over just exactly who did what and why and how in order for things to suddenly reach such a rapid and illogical conclusion.
As far a recommendation let me put it this way - it's a decent enough story for summertime leisure reading....but there are no strong characters, no compelling or clear plot lines other than a lot of ambiguously global threats and in the end you need not wonder if this is the first of a series for there is nothing and no one in this book that is worth any further exploration.
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Somewhat predictable plot but with current technical characteristics. Too detailed in some cases unless you are interested in that level of technical jargon.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Lost in minutiae the book devolves from a promising start to a boring, unlikely and incomplete denouement.Published 1 month ago by Dean 05
A good primer on what can be done in the world of cyber. Some parts of the plot are very, very real - but there are a couple of stretches in the narrative (that had to be there for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Day
I read this after reading Agents of Innocence, which was terrific. Not nearly as good. It certainly scared me about cyber security, but it was kind of confusing.Published 3 months ago by J. Whitfield
It doesn't even deserve one star. It never got me involved with the plot. It was unfocused, trivial and needed editing. It wasn't worth my time to finish it.Published 4 months ago by diane sahr