I really wanted to like this book. I'm a big fan of both fiction and non-fiction espionage. I'd heard the author interviewed twice and found her interesting. But the book traded plot for rage at the bureaucracy that partially enabled the terrorists and apologies for not being able to work more effectively. Much of the dialogue is internal, switching from character to character. Mid-novel, I was tired of hearing their every thought and just wanted something to happen. When it did, it was too late and too sparsely described for me to care. It is "a novel of the CIA" as workplace rather than a center of intelligence. While there was one, possibly two, "darkly humorous" threads, they were not enough to save the book.
Hi! I usually don't write reviews because time is a premium for me (like everyone else)- hence the need for audio books. But every now and again, I come across book that is so poorly written and produced on audio with equal talent that I have to break silence. This is one of those books. Political slant (and there is one) aside, the story drones on and leaves the listener hoping that it will end within the next 5 minutes. The characters have no depth and seem "cartoonish", there is no reason to like any of them to include the "heros". The dialogue could have been written by my 12 year old. The narration (with several voices) is equally as bad and at times, I wondered if I was listening in on a conversation between robots. There is nothing here for you in this book, pass it by as there are much, better books out there; books that make you feel good about the time that you passed with them.
This book does not hook you unless you're terminally filled with angst from a failed marriage and being professional maligned. The full cast performance does not add to the story; instead it is a distraction where more time is spent trying to juggle which voice corresponds to which character. It is an interesting look inside the CIA from a disaffected former employee. I certainly hope that is not what it is really like. I would like a few hours of my life and my precious monthly credit back.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
I don't know how I would feel about this book as just another work of fiction except to say it kept my attention and I enjoyed it. But my reason for purchasing it was for
I don't mean to ruin the book for you - but iraq wasn't the cause of the twin tower attacks. I just saved you 10 hours of audio... I really wanted to like this book but nothing happens. If you like to hear about bureaucracy and how the government is slow and the tedious daily lives of those in the CIA is, then this is the book for you.
This is one of the worst, most mindless books I have ever seen. It was so bad I could not finish it. The author makes mindless political claims that she does not even try to support - perhaps because they are not true. One will only enjoy this book if looking for someone to parrot what they want to think about the world. If the facts are not on your side, you may want to hear that someone else thinks the same way. It is scary to think that the author once worked for the CIA.
This story was boring and did not have anything to get you involved in the story. I stopped listening within the first hour. It was awful!!!!!