A CIA analyst, with minimal field training, is put in charge of the main CIA base in Afghanistan. The CIA agent, an ambitious woman and an evangelical christian, decides to put her faith in the valued double agent He is not searched and she makes sure that all the intelligence agents are present to greet him, to show him respect.
What follows is the worst CIA failure in history and a great read.
I have not read the print version, but the narriater of ths book brought the story to life. He captured my attention completely.
Humam Khalil al-Balawi, the main character was extremely crafty and difficult for his handlers to understand.
Sunil Malhotra has an excellent reading voice and adds emotion to his reading of the story.
I think that books of this nature cannot be captured in film successfully
After listening to the first few chapters, I found that the story was so complex that I returned to the beginning to hear it again. I was very happy that I did as I subsiquently was able to follow the entire tale.
The author made an effort to present real people with their weaknesses and strengths their desires and sacrifices, teamwork and moral dilemmas. The role of women in CIA, difficulty to build up a career, their struggle to grow, to become relevant, to maintain family lives, etc. were shown with striking honesty. The fanatics' psyche explanation, witnesses interviews, etc. made the story feel real. The author was very gentle with stories of people who sacrificed their lives not to take advantage of their deaths to popularize the book, but rather draw the real heroes to stick in the readers' memories.
It is s good story, but in some parts, specially the narration of non American parts such as the parts of the agent's interaction with his family and with the terrorists, sounds more as a story than as history.
Since most of the names are middle Eastern it can be very confusing at some points.
overall, it's a very interesting story, but with some facts that are too good to be true.
Great insight into modern history. Narrator also did an excellent job. If you want keen insight into major events in the war on terror and to better understand the real sacrifice some are making, then this book is a must read.
Yes, Provides a lot of insight to the workings of the CIA that I've not read before.
Can't say....It would be a spoiler. Even though you know the general story and what ultimately happens
Narration is excellent but a little fast in a few places. There is a lot of detail provided and a lot to take in.
Yes, finished this book in 2 sittings
Looking forward to his next book "Black Flag", which comes out later this month
This was a better than average, but not a great listen. The basic premise was intriguing but the story failed to deliver in the details. Overall though, I'm glad I bought the book.
Triple Agent sort of amazed me with the details obtained by the writer. I found myself wondering how he got all this access and information.
Malhorta seemed to get way to much enjoyment out of saying the word's 'Pakistan' and 'Afghanistan' in an unusual way.
I could hardly put it down. No problem with the unfamiliar names - look up one or two online if you need to. Reads like a top thriller novel, except for the tragic end.
Joby Warrick has not just peered in, but also pried open, the distressing story behind the deaths of CIA agents eager to speak to an informant at their base in Afghanistan. The informant himself and the chain of events leading to the tragic suicide bombing he undertood serve as a textbook exercise of the dangers of departing from standard procedures to secure information about the Taliban and Al Qeida. The CIA is portrayed as being ill-equipped in military security matters to match their unparelleled success in targeting enemy Islamic jihadists for drone attaks. The lives of murdered agents are fleshed out in details almost too dreadful to hear knowing the outcome.