A team of intelligence agents tries to prevent an impending terrorist attack, but is thwarted by bureaucratic hurdles in this darkly humorous debut by former CIA agent Susan Hasler.
Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another big terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year, the administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror, and few want to hear the team's warnings.
Maddie is given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members, Doc and Fran. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack, but fail to predict a surprising twist in the terrorists’ plot.
In the wake of tragedy, the administration pins blame on Iran, despite a lack of evidence—so Maddie and her team try to investigate. With dark humor and a razor-sharp tone, they fight back against office politics, government cover-ups, and blackmail in order to set the record straight. A keenly crafted debut that could only be written by an ex-CIA agent, Intelligence will please fans of Wag the Dog and Primary Colors.
The excellent cast of narrators includes Joe Barrett, Dina Perlman, Suzanne Toren, Marc Vietor, Peter Ganim, Elisabeth Rodgers, L J Ganser, Caitlin Davies, Rachel Butera, Ken Kilban, Terry Donnolly, Eileen Stevens, Gabra Zackman, Kevin Pariseau, Joshua Swanson, Gayle Hendrix, Anthony Salerno, and Bryan Kennedy.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an introduction written and read by author Susan Hasler.
©2010 Susan Hasler (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"A biting satire of the agency [Hasler] once called home….It’s a very funny book about a deeply unfunny slice of recent history. Read it and weep – but you’ll be laughing, too." (The Washington Post)
"Often laugh-out-loud funny, Intelligence even manages to squeeze in a genuinely sweet romance. Susan Hasler does for the folks at the CIA what Joseph Wambaugh accomplishes with cops: she gives them human dimension. Sometimes sad, sometimes stupid, sometimes scary and at other times heroic, Hasler’s characters always seem achingly real." (January magazine, Best Crime Fiction of 2010)
"There have been many books written about the CIA, some of them by ex-agents of the clandestine organization. But none of them have been anything like Susan Hasler’s Intelligence. For one thing, it’s refreshing to get a female point of view. For another, Hasler’s mordant wit makes reading this novel an unalloyed delight. Not since Catch-22 has a novel with such trenchantly mordant wit illuminated the inherent insanity of institutionalized war. Intelligence is funny, sad, and frightening. It’s a book to keep you up at night, one you won’t soon forget." (Eric Van Lustbader)
This book worked for me on many levels: It is a suspenseful thriller; it kept me interested in the characters and the plot (which I found believable); and it was EXCEPTIONALLY well produced and performed by a very large cast of talented actors. I have hundreds of books in my library, and It is one of the few I will listen to again. This isn't just a keeper but one I will recommend to all my friends who are thinking about exploring audible books.
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.
“Favorite authors- Nevada Barr, Craig Johnson, Louise Penny. Narrators, Marguerite Gavin, , George Guidall.”
Well written and well narrated by a full cast. This is an author to keep an eye on because she's going places. An inside look at the CIA by a former employee written in the guise of fiction, full of black humor and satire. Some readers will think it's over the top but If you've ever worked for the government you will recognize your department in these pages.
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.
Audible Fan, Amazon Customer, Gardener, Quilter, Liberal and Activist. I'll read about anything!
I love to read/listen to spy novels. Stories of the FBI or CIA or Navy Seals keep me up at night because they are so full of excitement.
This book takes place in an office environment, a dour miserable underground place where researchers are crowded together, harassed by their bosses to work 20 hour days and have their work shipped back to their desk because the leaders don't like it.
It's a fascinating inside view of the CIA from the grunt labor researchers point of view...and has a bit of excitement too.
The author was a member of the kind of team she writes about and has a lot to say-you can tell she is venting a bit. There is humor too, there has to be humor when you work in a place like this.
My only complaint is the wretched job the audio editor did merging the different narrators together....The acoustics were poorly handled and it got to bother me after listening to what was supposed to be a conversation face-to-face and hearing totally different acoustics from the two characters....it was very poorly handled and detracts from the otherwise great listen.
Kudos to Susan Hasler for her work....I hope she has another book in her.
Bridget Jones Diary meets The China Syndrome. Very funny book and perfect for anyone who is frustrated by what the 'higher ups' do to the frontline workers everywhere. I thought the ending was a tad weak, but hey...it's her first book! Hope she writes more!
It got really good reviews but I'm only
in chapter 2 about to call it quits. I get that this is serious stuff but I feel like someone is trying to choke me with sadness. Did I mention I'm
only in chapter 2? Someone please tell me this is worth continuing! Please?
Interesting story, but I felt as though it was just a vehicle to trash Bush. Have no idea what the author was going for with her sections of dialog from a dead guy.
Makes one wonder about national security and the integrity of the people we place great trust in if even some of this story has truth to it. Office politics at its highest and lowest.
The audible book was can't put down exciting and was performed almost like a lay with many different and very good actors playing different characters. I loved it.
can't remember; read it a while ago.
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