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Body of Lies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Ignatius Know s His Stuff

    An intellectual's espionage novel, it weaves a complex plot thst sometimes becomes bogged down in its intricacy. Still, it is an enjoyable read and decent addition to the genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2008

    Not my brand of vodka.....

    In this reader's opinion this book lacked the action needed to accompany all the 'game within the game' plotting done by the main characters. If your a fan of mental warfare and disinformation tactics than you'll likely love this book. If you're looking for a military/CIA action read then this isn't for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    HAUNTING IN ITS PROBABILITY

    Body of Lies is surely an apt title for this taut thriller from Washington Post columnist David Ignatius because for starters - a body is needed, a dead body. Not just any corpse, mind you: 'It took nearly a month to find the right body. Roger Ferris had very particular requirements: He wanted a man in his thirties, physically fit, preferably blond but certainly and recognizably Caucasian. He should have no obvious signs of disease or physical trauma. And no bullet wounds, either. That would make it too complicated later.' Complicated is a mild description of what is to come later as Roger Ferris, one of the CIA's top operatives in today's war on terrorism, is assigned to Jordan following wounds he received in Iraq. To date no one has been able to net Suleiman, the Muslim terrorist behind car bombings throughout the world. He's hidden deep in the desert, unapproachable, invisible. Ferris is an idealist, determined that 9/11 won't happen again and to this end he initiates a complex scheme used by the British in their war against the Nazis. The British World War II plot was called Operation `Mincemeat,' a clever stratagem that allowed the British to feed false information to the Nazis through the dead body of a decoy British agent. Ferris's ploy, dubbed 'taqiyya' (ancient Arabic for a necessary lie) is intended to convince Suleiman that American agents have already worked their way in to Al-Qaeda, and he is in danger. Risky? Undoubtedly, but Suleiman must be stopped and so far American efforts have been slow, ineffective, and riddled with errors. Film rights for this powerful novel have already been acquired by Warner Bros. Rightly so, as David Ignatius can write with a keen understanding of CIA operations and international terrorism. He has studied and covered both in his 25 years as reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor. He's a strong writer, and his story is a gripping one made even more compelling by its probability. Highly recommended. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Read the original

    Started off very well, lots of detail and convincing action. But the more the characters were developed, the less probable the whole story becomes. A lot of the credibility of the story relies on the motivations of the characters. The love affair between the main characters is highly unlikely (enthusiastic Palastinian social worker and CIA agent) and the rationale for his divorce is ridiculous. The characters become more and more superficial as the book moves along, so the plotting becomes more absurd. This book draws much of its plot from a classic WW2 espionage story, The Man Who Never Was. That was non-fiction, and this is non believable fiction.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    great espionage thriller

    While working in Iraq CIA agent Roger Ferris is hit his leg is filled with shrapnel, but he knows he is lucky as his driver is dead. He is sent to Amman, Jordan to recover and to begin a new effort along with the Jordanian ¿Heart¿ Intel operatives led by Hani Salaam to uncover the identity of the brilliant al-Qaeda mastermind Suleiman, who has taken the war to the West via bombs in Milan and Berlin. --- Ferris¿ new plan is to use the British WW II concept of the ¿Man Who Never Was¿ to divide the Suleiman team. He selects thirty something James Borden found in a Florida morgue and gives the dead Caucasian male a new identity as the ¿legendary¿ Harry Meeker of the US Agency for International Development he even gives Harry a beautiful blond as expected by those who think James Bond is the modern day western operative. Ferris ¿becomes¿ a Middle East architect seemingly not involved, but able to observe. The divide and conquer scheme has begun to make it look like some of Suleiman¿s lieutenants are talking to the west as truth and honesty are not important in the Global War Against terrorism. --- BODY OF LIES will be one of the top five espionage thrillers of the year as the suspense keeps growing until the incredible climax that will stun the audience. The story line is fast-paced from the opening sequence of creating Meeker until the final altercation. The support cast is strong from James¿s boss to the chief of the Jordan Intelligence Agency to a woman working a refugee camp and others. However, this predominately cat and mouse encounter that modernizes Hitchcock into a post 9/11 world belongs to the obsessed Borden who will do anything to destroy his enemy and his shadowy adversary who will do anything to destroy the west. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    Disappointing

    I only have the one word to describe this book, disappointing, the story line was interesting but the dialog was not.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

    Excellent international action ; might make you a conspiacy buff

    Interwoven plots abound in this international espionage thriller. The international relations are so tense you just hope this is fiction!

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