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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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    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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    Dohagirl Qatar 04-25-07
    Dohagirl Qatar 04-25-07 Member Since 2014

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    "good story but poor narration"

    the story was ok but the narration terrible. i gave up after about 4 hours. in the hands of someone like scott brick this would have been great. avoid Dick Hill at all costs!!!!

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    Tykemn 04-29-15
    Tykemn 04-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very predictable"

    Saw the ending coming the entire story. Really not that good pacing or very interesting. Much better choices in the genre.

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    Benedetto Mongiovi 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    I enjoyed listening to this book, but it was a little hard to follow sometimes. The ending was a bit unrealistic but good.

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    MadMex 04-13-15
    MadMex 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    As an avid reader of spy novels I love the twists and turns this book takes. The characters are believable and you can relate to their situations.
    If you have seen the movie, the book is better.

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    Edward Douglasville, GA, United States 03-15-15
    Edward Douglasville, GA, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    It was a good story but nothing new. very well read by Dick Hill.

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    Kim 03-13-15
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    "Intense storyline ~ audio drawbacks"

    The story was intriguing and admittedly a bit over my head being in the Near East. I love Dick Hill as a narrator. However, whoever edited the narration did a bad job. The transition from the end of one chapter to the next was more like a run on sentence. Literally went from the last sentence to saying "Chapter X" without even a pause. This was distracting and happened throughout, not just s few times. Plot had great spy twists, just not my favorite.

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    satisfied customer france 03-09-15
    satisfied customer france 03-09-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Ok plot - dingy performance"

    The plot is ok although a little predictable- the protagonist's infatuation and chivalry are a little tiresome-
    The performance is annoying - the "voices" the narrator uses for his characters are beyond stereotypical and become borderline painful to listen to.

    I never really got pulled inside the story

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    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 02-26-15
    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Big Disappointment"

    It started off alright, but a real turn off in the first sexual episode (and I'm no prude) which I found totally unrealistic led me to turn this book back to Audible within the first 45 minutes of listening

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    Tomez Desilva Ph.d 02-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent listen."

    This was very entertaining. In my opinion, better than the movie. I truly enjoyed it. Having viewed the movie a while ago, it was very easy to connect Leonardo Dicaprio and Russell Crowe's characters to the book. I would recommend this audiobook.

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