6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Has a very realistic feel to it,
This review is from: Agents of Innocence: A Novel (Paperback)
As a fan of both spy novels and middle eastern politics, this book hits home in both departments. Ignatius has a good knowledge of the middle east - as evidenced by the details. For example, the main character uses typical Arabic idiomatic expressions which are indispensible for speaking Arabic. And he uses a lot of cultural references such as one of the most famous Arabic singers - Fairuz.
It's also a great insight into how the US works in the middle east. "Why would they think we'd screw them over?" The American agent asks. "Because they're not stupid!" His overbearing (and hilarious) boss yells back at him.
And a main point of the novel is a good lesson about middle eastern politics for Americans, Israelis, and Arabs especially - that the US will always take Israel's side in the end.
Overall the novel is very readable and has a nice flow to it. It seems like something he thought up in his head first, (while working as a journalist in Lebanon) then put it all on paper in one smooth sitting.