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The Increment: A Novel Paperback – May 3, 2010
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Bestseller Ignatius (Body of Lies) explores America's escalating cold war with Iran in a thriller sure to draw comparisons to le Carré's The Spy Who Came In from the Cold. When Harry Pappas, the new CIA chief of the Iran Operations Division, receives an unsolicited e-mail from an alleged Tehran scientist who calls himself Dr. Ali that implies Iran has in fact continued with its nuclear weapons program and is an imminent threat to global peace, he shares the information with his superiors only to find an administration bent on warmongering. Having vowed never again to play a role in a senseless conflict that could potentially kill thousands of innocents, Pappas, whose only son was killed while serving in the second Iraq War, must somehow identify Dr. Ali, get him out of Iran and mine his knowledge before the U.S. blunders into another unnecessary war. While the realistic story lines build to a somewhat predictable ending, this remains a page-turner of the highest order. (May)
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Washington Post columnist Ignatius follows up his best-selling Body of Lies (2007) with another timely espionage novel. This time the subject is Iran’s nuclear program. The CIA has zero assets in Iran until a message is sent to the agency’s Web site that indicates that the Iranians are making real progress toward a bomb. It falls to veteran spy Harry Pappas to identify the sender and weigh the validity of the information, while the bellicose White House gears up for war. Pappas is disheartened and disaffected; he knew the Iraq War would be a disaster, and he lost his marine son there. To carry out his assignment, he must go rogue and seek the aid of British intelligence. Ignatius has been writing about the CIA and the Middle East for several decades, and his descriptions of espionage tradecraft, CIA shortcomings and turf battles, and Tehran’s schizoid teeter between modernity and nearly medieval repression are vivid, believable, and engrossing. Thriller devotees will devour The Increment, and its ripped-from-the-headlines subject matter may well attract both talk shows and off-the-book-page features. --Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The main character in the story (the protagonist) is a CIA agent who heads the Iran division. His son was killed in the war in Iraq so he is striving to prevent the U.S. from entering into another unnecessary war with Iran. How he does that is the meat of the story and the imagination of the author only makes it the more interesting to read. The story centers around Iran's nuclear program and how the west (U.S. and U.K.) are dealing with it both publicly and privately. It also incorporate a huge dose of corruption. The main plot is the protagonist's efforts to tamper with Iran's nuclear facility with the help of "The Increment".
It is a true page turner and makes you rethink how the intelligence community interacts with the political leadership of the U.S. The author of this novel is also the author of Body of Lies, which was made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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The broad plot synopsis: Harry Pappas is a CIA Iran chief who gets a "virtual walk in" from...Read more