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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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    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!!!!

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ted hayman 04-22-07
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    if you like CIA fiction, you will like this. Like Clancy

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    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 07-28-15
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 07-28-15
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    This is very confusing at the start. As I get into it, more confusion. Too many characters. Things got better at the end.

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    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 06-08-15
    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 06-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    Good bit is that I really enjoyed the narrator. Realistic accents, nicely differentiated. However,the story was just not very good: too many twists telegraphed, and too many unrealistic actions to get to the author's preferred ending. And the author has some strong preferences: CIA is the collective bad guy, Arabs all have sincere motivations, American policy in the Middle East is fundamentally wrong-headed, etc. It gets tiring and adds to the predictability of the plot. And his characterization of nearly everyone makes cardboard look complex. Why does our hero fall for our heroine? No clue? Why is his boss such a bad guy? Who cares. Could go on, but it would be too tedious. I listened to this because the author seems to know something about the region and the US Government in his other life as a pundit. Wish he had used that knowledge to better effect.

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    Tykemn 04-29-15
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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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    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
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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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    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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