- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 22, 2010
|New from||Used from|
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A 21-year veteran of the CIA, Hasler charts the day-to-day efforts of a team of counterterrorist analysts (aka alchemists) in a strong debut that puts most other thriller authors with similar backgrounds in the intelligence field to shame. Madeline James and her crew of brilliant misfits struggle to piece together shreds of evidence gleaned from mountains of raw data (slag) in a race to uncover a plot that threatens to dwarf the body count of 9/11. They must also battle a management structure bent on denying their findings so the current administration will have the ammunition needed to justify going to war with Iran. The parallels with recent history add to the credibility and suspense. Readers will be left aghast at the toll politics and basic self-serving, cover-your-ass government policies take on agencies and individuals whose job is to keep our country safe. Many will find Hasler's female point-of-view a welcome change from the usual smash and bash male offering in the genre. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
In this debut novel, Hasler, a former counterterrorism analyst for the CIA, tells a seriocomic, post-9/11 story about Maddie James, a counterterrorism analyst for a beleaguered intelligence agency known as the Mines. Maddie and her colleagues, who include Vivi (also a licensed opposum rehabilitator!) and Doc, whose once-promising career has been stalled for years, have received intel about a previously unsuspected terrorist cell known as the Perfumers that appears to be planning some sort of strike. Details are sketchy, and none of the higher-ups believes Maddie. When the situation worsens, Maddie realizes that she and Doc could be on the hook unless they can bust open a conspiracy involving their own government. Not quite as funny as, say, Beinhart’s American Hero (1993), which also involves a government conspiracy, the novel is definitely not deadly serious, either; Hasler effectively balances on the line separating the comic thriller from mainstream espionage, and her debut should appeal to fans of both. --David Pitt
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I bought this book because of a tweet--Susan Hasler was excited to have been listed among a dozen or so top thriller authors. I don't really even read thrillers that much, but when I saw the other illustrious names, and that she had once been a federal agent herself, I decided to try it. It was AMAZING! Sometimes, when authors are writing about areas and environments they know well, it's immediately clear that they simply have an axe to grind; they're not really authors. Hasler is an author. Her characters are real, likable, and extremely well portrayed, the suspense is...well, part of the reason the suspense is real is because it could be true! And the villain is heart-breaking. Somebody's son. Hurt. Not someone who claims to be misunderstood--someone who IS misunderstood, and bent by it.
The prose is terrific, moving seamlessly from one character to another, most of whom you'll be reluctant to part with at the novel's end. It also takes the sensitivity and insight of someone who's actually done the work to make you laugh this hard in a story about something so inherently serious.
And while this novel is set in a certain period in time, with events and individuals that readers will recognize, the cautions it presents on the uses and misuses of intelligence will be relevant for years to come.