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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Edward
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 03-15-15

Predictable

It was a good story but nothing new. very well read by Dick Hill.

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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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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

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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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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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

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

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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
  • 32 Glenburgh Drive GOLDEN BAY WA 6174
  • 11-26-12

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.

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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.

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