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Siro: A Novel Paperback – May 28, 2013
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However, the story, set in 1979, is really about the CIA's "tradecraft" and less about a tension-filled story that races to a dramatic conclusion. Since I love that kind of stuff, I found it deeply satisfying, because the moral gray of the espionage world comes through lout and clear in this complex novel. But if you are looking for heart-pounding adventure, this may not work for you.
The only criticism I would offer is that the novel sometimes veers into wordiness. There are sections that slow to a craw with far too much dialogue and description. The novel could have used a slight trimming, and I think it would have been deserving of five stars if that were the case.
Once again, Ignatius provides great insight and detail about how the CIA works, to such an extent that I often wonder if he had been an operative in the past. Fans of his previous work should enjoy this Cold War era novel set primarily in Turkey and the former Soviet Union.
As an aside, the novel is a starter course in understanding thought processes in the people of Turkey and environs,,,,,,,also, kind of difficult to believe that the KGB is so perfect in spy tradecraft, and that the CIA is so lacking in the same ....
The dialog is so realistic. People do talk like this. They have interesting things to say about themselves, to others and their jobs. The characters are well drawn and believable.
This is not to detract from the plot. It too is very realistic and believable. Spying is not James Bond (I think, but not being a spy I really can't say for certain.) it is mundane and subtle, dirty tricks and lies. The author manages to make this world interesting.
No car chases, no gun fights, no karate just good characters, good plot and good dialog.
Still a cut above the rest, and well worth a read, but Agents of Innocence was a tough act to follow.
I like the way his characters are portrayed -- they're full of nuance and complexity. Enjoy.
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As usual a twisted plot, full of surprise and suspense.Read more