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Body of Lies: A Novel | [David Ignatius]

Body of Lies: A Novel

Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.
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Publisher's Summary

Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission: to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman". Ferris' plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.

This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service - a man who might be an Arab version of John le Carre's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him?

©2007 David Ignatius; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Vividly rendered locales, clever plotting, some compelling characters, and a discomforting verisimilitude." (Booklist)
"Displaying his trademark expertise and writing skill, Washington Post columnist Ignatius...has crafted one of the best post-9/11 spy thrillers yet." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ed Warner Robins, GA, USA 10-22-09
    Ed Warner Robins, GA, USA 10-22-09
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    "great read!"

    didn't see the movie, loved the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James B Boerne, TX, USA 07-20-07
    James B Boerne, TX, USA 07-20-07 Member Since 2002
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    "A for idea, F for execution"

    As a journanist the author is familiar with the Middle-East and his insight is informative. Unfortunately his prose is second-rate. His characters are not believeable. No right-minded CIA boss would leave Ferris in the field; he's a jerk.

    The reader's notion of the female voice is pathetic.

    I recommend your avoid the author and the reader.



    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Barnaby Shepherd Los Angeles, CA 90038 United States 01-20-15
    Barnaby Shepherd Los Angeles, CA 90038 United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Stuff"

    Really enjoyed this book... Espionage is my favorite genre. This did not disappoint! The characters and plot were believable, the performance did the job.

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    Tracey craigmore, Australia 03-26-14
    Tracey craigmore, Australia 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "all lies"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    the reader having a better style of reading very boring droning voice


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    d.e.d anything read by peter hoskings or david treddink


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    don,t know could not get passed first 20 minutes and that was a struggle


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason J. Sharon Charleston, SC 03-05-13
    Jason J. Sharon Charleston, SC 03-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable"

    There were about 5 parts that seems like they were added as an afterthought. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and the performance. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.

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    Mark 2 / 5 Weatherley Place HALLS HEAD WA 6210 11-26-12
    Mark 2 / 5 Weatherley Place HALLS HEAD WA 6210 11-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Married with 6 kids and 3 grand children. Love my job as a OHS & E manager working for a construction company in Perth. I listen to books in

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    "Intrigue at every turn"

    I have seen the movie so i had a had an advantage...Good story line once it got going, and i thought the arrogance of the CIA was well portrayed throughout the book, and indeed at times adding to the suspense. I like the author, and i found the narrator to be OK (as opposed to all the other critics that are giving him a pasting). Worth a listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    itinerant here and there 04-19-12
    itinerant here and there 04-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "for masochists only"

    Not even Dick Hill's narration could save this book . . . and after a while I think he quit trying. The book's downfall is its peculiar mix of topical material--terrorism, al Quaeda, Iraq, Afghanistan--and a peculiarly 1940s -sensibility romance. The protagonist is inexplicably naive, despite his experiences and his job; his marriage makes no sense, nor does his ext from it. His romance of the feisty young smart gorl is absurdly chivalrous, as though the author thinks each character must keep one foot on the floor at all times while in bed. The plot, while convoluted, is like a dull drive on an uninteresting windy road.This book is perfect if you have a lot of time and don't mind being bored.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Ireland 03-19-12
    Pat Ireland 03-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Needs a complete rewrite"

    The main character of this novel is simply not believable. Nor is he consistent. He begins as a veteran CIA case officer and winds up a sniveler whose maudlin emotions and goals seem contrived and completely unrealistic. This whole book could be sharpened up with a closer eye to forming and retaining the hero's character amid the environment in which he lives and operates. The narration leaves much to be desired, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    magicker71 Louisville, KY 09-15-11
    magicker71 Louisville, KY 09-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "I thought this was a spy novel, not romance"

    I found this book to be pretty boring. Rather than focusing on spycraft or politics it mainly focuses on the main character's sappy romance. Ignatius is an ok writer, but I simply felt that this book was sold as a CIA spy novel and turned out to be something completely different. I turned it off 1/2 way through.

    Dick Hill is usually one of my favorite narrators, but I didn't feel he read this book particularly well. For those of you that can't stand Dick Hill, you will definitely not enjoy his work on this book.

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    Kenneth Wilson Greenville, NC USA 06-12-11
    Kenneth Wilson Greenville, NC USA 06-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting book"

    I worried about buying this book after reading comments on the reader. While he is not my favorite, he does a very adequate job and does not distract from the story. If you know the difference between an Egyptian and a Jordanian accent, then you may worry. Otherwise enjoy a good story.

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