Apparently the type of people who prefer typical spy novels want their spy heroes to be generally flawless, exceedingly clever and handsome, and to ultimately prevail in any given scenario (regardless of how unlikely the plot contortions this requires). This is not a typical spy novel, and frankly, I'm glad.
This is an extremely well-produced audiobook with a terrific and varied voice cast (so much better than having just one person do different voices for the various characters!), that combines the genres of spy novel and political satire almost seamlessly. The novel presents a compelling picture of the complexities and challenges of working inside one of our country's major intelligence agencies, including both the problems of bureaucracy and the difficulties of keeping at least one step ahead of terrorism, while also retaining a dark sense of humor about the whole business. And, if you have a somewhat dark sense of humor, this book is not just clever, it's laugh-out-loud funny.
It also presents a slightly fictionalized account from a CIA insider about the events leading up to, and immediately following, the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. The details in the book are consistent with what we've learned in the months and years following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but are presented from a perspective that has not really been present in political discourse.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard - it's entertaining, funny, insightful and informative. Highly recommended!
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