Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage

Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage

by David Ignatius

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Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage by David Ignatius

“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: 494,644
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. 35 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.
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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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His previous books were well worth the read and I looked forward to his latest, unfortuenly it was lacking. Ignatius is a very interesting and knowledgeable person on the countries that we are presently fighting in. The end was predictable in the first part of the book, the only suspense was would the pages reveal anything of sustenance, sadly they did not.