Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage

Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage

by David Ignatius


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“You emerge from its pages as if from a top-level security briefing—confident that you have been let in on the deepest secrets.”—Washington Post

Someone in Pakistan is killing the members of a new CIA unit trying to buy peace with America’s enemies. It falls to Sophie Marx, a young officer with a big chip on her shoulder, to figure out who’s doing the killing and why. Unfortunately for Sophie, nothing is quite what it seems. This is a theater of violence and revenge, in which the last act is one that Sophie could not have imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393341799
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/11/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 737,959
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Ignatius is a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for nearly three decades. He has written several New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Director. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Bloodmoney 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
GuruNathan More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of David Ignatius novels and this is one of them. I just love the way he mixes fiction with reality. I just could not keep the book down. Especially if you are following international politics on the war on Terror this book is a must read!! This is one step better than Body of Lies. I can already see someone making a movie out of this novel. I hope his next novel comes soon!!
catwak More than 1 year ago
Am I uniquely freaked out by the fact that this book was published BEFORE Pakistan arrested its own citizens for allegedly assisting the U.S. in capturing Osama bin Laden? David Ignatius' spy novels are so real that I wouldn't be surprised to wake up one morning to an NPR report that he's been taken hostage by some government (maybe even ours) for coming too close to the truth. For me, reading his books is one of life's guilty pleasures, even though I always finish them with renewed gratitude for my safe but relatively dull life. I also hate to admit that I preferred the ending of this one to the more realistic scenario he's used before, where everyone ends up dead.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Somebody is killing the most secretly placed agents in other countries, but how are they being found out? This is what Sophie Marx, a CIA operative must find out. As the title state, is it all about money? The author takes current political climate and wraps them into a thriller that is disturbing (and I don't mean bad, but one that makes you think). It's a political power play for the characters that control the operatives, but the money involved.
Avid_ReaderMJ More than 1 year ago
Ignatius nailed it for this book, his other books, are chalk full of authentic classic espionage activity. This book, set in Pakistan, is an outstanding mix of intelligence community reform, mixed with financial and political intrigue. Ignatius is very successful in weaving the challenge of global terrorism into a story of tribal duty/responsibilities. Thank you David for another fantastic read. Hopefully more of your work will be shared with the masses through other mediums like Body of Lies.
everfresh1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story and by good I mean it is logical. The twist in the end was quite unexpected, which is another plus. Author seems to know Pakistan well. On the downside some characters seem stereotypical.
alohaboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A blacker than black operation that is so far off the CIA books that only the U.S. president and his chief of staff know about it. The idea is that lack of bureacratic oversight and Congressional committees will produce a nimble and adaptable outfit to fight the war on terrorism. Sounds good until operatives become targets and are being killed off. On the homefront none of the staff seems to know how or why the agents are discovered, the head of the outfit plays it close to the vest so no one understands how the organization works or who its field agents are or how they are funded. Inquisitive agent Sophie Marx asks lots of questions and gets no answers. As more field agents are found dead she goes rogue and helps bring all the pieces of the puzzle to a satisfying conclusion.The book is very well written, timely, and the plot is fairly plausible. The characters weren't well drawn and the pacing was quite slow at times. But David Ignatius is an accomplished writer on Washington and the region of South Asia he aptly describes in the book. I enjoyed it.
BillPilgrim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Espionage story about a secret US agency outside of the CIA that is trying to influence events in Pakistan. I did not quite follow all of the parameters of what they were trying to accomplish, or understand all the detail of the politics involved with the Pakistanis, but if you are able to ignore this issue, or if you are more adept of figuring this out than I was, you can still enjoy the book just on the basic level of an espionage thriller. The problem for me was that I did not find the book to be all that thrilling. About halfway through it I realized that I could stop reading it then and I would not be bothered at all by my failure to find out how the story ended. But, I kept reading anyway. And, there wasn't a big payoff at the end, where I could say say that I was glad that I finished reading.
maneekuhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Bloodmoney completed 6/26 and rated 4 1/2 stars. Must read more David Ignatius. Rogue CIA org in Calif following restructure of intelligence agencies.. Ops based, run by Jamie Gertz. Sophie Marx tracks down "the Professor", a terrorist responsible for the deaths of 4 agents.
gchristianson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel a great read for anyone interested in learning a little about world politics while reading fiction. Not surprisingly, most of the characters are lying or hiding something...the book cover does say "A Novel of Espionage". It did take me awhile to decide who the "good guys" were. I was never entirely sure that I was right! What I loved: I loved that today's current events were woven through out this book. I loved the insight it gave into the Pakistani culture, the CIA and other covert operations may or may not be happening in the real world today. The Pakistani culture is fascinating. This book gave me a better understanding into their ideological concepts of honor and revenge and a lesson about the tribal codes that I had been previously unaware of. I also loved the introduction into the language and proverbs of the Pakistanis. I loved that the main character was female. I liked that she had a little romance on the side. It gave her character some much needed depth. What I didn't love: All of the characters were a little flat. They all could use some more development. Sophie, the main character had a past with the CIA that could have been expanded upon. Her family life was revealed in little snippets of information. The information that was given was interesting and made me what to know more. Give me more! Sophie has the potential to be a great three dimensional character...she just needs a little work! Overall, I enjoyed this novel and plan to read more of this author! Thanks to the publisher, W.W. Norton and Company for allowing me to read and review this book.
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I highly recommend this book. Great story, great characterd - you won't want to put it down.
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Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
A Novel of Espionage This spy novel is one of the best Mr. Ignatius has written so far. What makes this author stand out is we never know where the plotting will lead us. Deception is the theme of this captivating thriller, it is based on actual CIA operations and only someone with experience in the field can guess where fact crosses into fiction. The central character is Sophie Marx who works at the ''Hit parade LLP' office in a Los Angeles, it is a secret branch within the CIA that works under the radar and deploys agents around the world. The story starts when Howard Egan whose cover is a hedge fund manager for Alphabet Capital in London goes missing on a mission in Pakistan. Alarm bells are triggered when other operatives also deep under cover are eliminated one by one. Sophie Marx must find out who is killing them and how their lock-tight identities were compromised. The action and excitement begins when we are plunged into a game of deception and double-talk where each side has their own agenda while maintaining an artificial relationship with each other. The characterization, the dialogue and the interaction between the players skillfully displays the cultural differences and helps hype the suspense to another level. The pacing is brisk, the writing is clean and efficient and the plot is believable and free of melodrama found in many thrillers of this genre and as the plot unfolds it pulls us bit by bit into a world of upper level finance and the covert operations of world intelligence agencies. This is an adrenaline packed adventure into the black hole of international diplomacies. The end result is an engaging page turner that will keep you intrigued for hours.
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