BODY OF LIES BY DAVID IGNATIUS PDF

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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Displaying his trademark expertise and writing skill, Washington Post columnist Ignatius (Agents of. Body of Lies CIA soldier Roger Ferris has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission— to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known. David Ignatius talked about his book [Body of Lies: A Novel], published by W.W. Norton.


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Body of Lies book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. CIA soldier Roger Ferris has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg an. David Ignatius is a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and has been covering the Middle David Ignatius Author cover image of Body of Lies . PENETRATION. (aka Body Of Lies) by. William Monahan. Based on the novel " Body Of Lies" by David Ignatius. Previous revisions by. Steven Zaillian. Revisions .

However, based on the reporter's background, it is definitely well-researched and quite a plausible plot. The technical writing and spycraft aspects of the novel are its strongest cards, much like the better Tom Clancy books pre-Op Center drivel.

I had already seen the film before picking up the boo Well-paced, but as with almost all such stories, it suffers from being a bit juvenile in its characterizations over-simplifying people and their motives and a bit formulaic in its construction.

It's worth picking up - there are minor plot holes, as with all such fiction, but overall it's an intelligent portrayal. Reminds me quite a bit of "Spy Game", which I thought was the best-filmed spy tale I've seen. Apr 29, Jak60 rated it it was amazing.

I liked this book a lot; and there are a lot of things I liked in it: The plot is constructed as a masterpiece of espionage fiction: I also liked the overall intellectual honesty I found in the novel, the non-western centric view of things in Middle East, the brutally honest portrait of the CIA for what it actually is - a giganti I liked this book a lot; and there are a lot of things I liked in it: I also liked the overall intellectual honesty I found in the novel, the non-western centric view of things in Middle East, the brutally honest portrait of the CIA for what it actually is - a gigantic minster of bureaucracy, filled with too many incompetent technocrats "believing their own powerpoint" - as opposed to the way most spy novels tend to depict it, i.

This is in my view one of the top spy novels I ever read - and I read a bunch of them. PS - I have watched the homonymous movie by Ridely Scott: I learned sooo much from this book. It helped me understand more about the thoughts and principles of Arab Muslims. I learned that America shoots herself in the foot in Arabia because we deal as arrogant interlopers.

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Yes, we've got the power, the money and the weapons, but it's their home. Body of Lies was full of adventure and spy story sizzle. It would make a great movie starring Bruce Willis, if I got to choose.

There were surprises at every turn and took me on a thrilling ride all the way t I learned sooo much from this book. There were surprises at every turn and took me on a thrilling ride all the way to a satisfying end. I've decided I need to read more from David Ignatius. He writes for intelligent readers and me.

Body of Lies

Not up to the usual standards of this author's work. Only one character was interesting and smart and he had too small of a role. While the plot could have been fairly interesting, if the characters had not continuously done stupid things to propel it along, there was entirely too much focus on the MC's romances and the female characters were pretty laughable stereotypes.

Listened to the audio which was read by Dick Hill who does male characters fine but his female characters and the love scenes Not up to the usual standards of this author's work. Listened to the audio which was read by Dick Hill who does male characters fine but his female characters and the love scenes were almost cringe worthy.

View 1 comment. I had read another of this author's books The Increment which was excellent. So, I had great hopes for this one I enjoy this genre most when the authors stick to developing plot, characters, and give insight to culture and tradecraft. When I sense an agenda at play, they've lost me. Also, I had seen the movie already and couldn't get Leo Decapr I had read another of this author's books The Increment which was excellent.

Fairly well done. Jan 07, Katharine Hagerty added it.

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Great read. David Ignatius keeps the story and suspense moving along while still developing the characters into human beings that I wanted to get to know better as the story evolved.

Watched the movie and found it ok, and I tend to enjoy Ignatius's column, so I gave it a try. Have to say i was a bit disappointed - the liberal, Bush-loathing politics that I agree with are just put on too thick, and the book can never quite decide whether it wants to be a page-turner or a liberal manifesto on US politics in the Middle East.

I also found it questionable in an overtly political novel to lionize the fictional head of the Jordanian intelligence service as a suave, non-violent su Watched the movie and found it ok, and I tend to enjoy Ignatius's column, so I gave it a try.

I also found it questionable in an overtly political novel to lionize the fictional head of the Jordanian intelligence service as a suave, non-violent super-spy. Strikes me that Arab security services and governments as a whole tend to function slightly differently, which just might account for some of the political turmoil in the region, but that's just me. The plot is a bit more complicated than in the movie adaptation, but not necessarily much better.

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The title of this book refers to a corpse that is dressed and made to appear to be an imaginary CIA officer with all the background paperwork to support that fiction. This corpse is depositied in a foreign country to sell the fiction to terrorist organization that this CIA officer hs penetrated their organization. A trojan horse scenario. The problem is no one knows Suleiman. Roger works with George S The title of this book refers to a corpse that is dressed and made to appear to be an imaginary CIA officer with all the background paperwork to support that fiction.

Roger works with George Smiley head of Jordan's intelligence service, but can he fully trust George? This story is about capturing an elusive terrorist head with a ruse - the body of lies; but, it is more fully the story of international intelligence and the "body of lies' that is created to manipulate friends and foes to get what one man desires. It is a story of intrigue Very well-written with a twist that I, at least, did not see coming.

The movie was pretty good - one of the best spy films I've seen lately. The book was better in some ways and worse in others for me. Ignatius definitely knows his stuff, and you have no trouble visualizing the places he's talking about - he clearly knows them well.

Likewise, he seems to have a decent hold on the modern business of espionag e. All that stuff is good, but the love story in the book is just not compelling for me - the girl, Alice, is a little too plainly allegorical for the "just-s The movie was pretty good - one of the best spy films I've seen lately. All that stuff is good, but the love story in the book is just not compelling for me - the girl, Alice, is a little too plainly allegorical for the "just-show-the-Arab-world-we-care-and-they-will-love-us-back" point of view, and so the whole story of their relationship and the dissolution of the main character's marriage to a "true believer in the War on Terror" becomes political commentary to beat the reader over the head with.

The spy stuff is good, though. Sep 09, Dick Gullickson rated it really liked it.

You can tell that David Ignatius is an editorial writer for the Washington Post by his skillful weaving of international events and terrorist threats into his very plausible and fast moving stories. This excellent account of CIA counter-terrorist operations against Al Qaeda in Jordan has the ring of truth from a man who knows. He learns that the Jordanian intelligence service understands counter terrorism measures in the Midd You can tell that David Ignatius is an editorial writer for the Washington Post by his skillful weaving of international events and terrorist threats into his very plausible and fast moving stories.

He learns that the Jordanian intelligence service understands counter terrorism measures in the Middle East better than his parent organization. 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.

The Christian Science Monitor described the novel as "happily original" for its genre, applauding the espionage detail of America's intelligence missions.

The newspaper however criticized the underdevelopment of female characters in the novel and the "painful" romantic scenes. Production took place in Washington D. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Dewey Decimal. Main article: Body of Lies film. Ferris believes he needs to work in cooperation with Hani Mark Strong, imagine an Arab version of Andy Garcia , the head or Jordanian intelligence. But Hoffman's ego as much as the foreign policy he's asked to follow prevent him from entering into any kind of partnership with an Arab. Complicating matters is Ferris' interest in an Iranian nurse the lovely Golshifteh Farahani. Both characters seem to have a clear-eyed view of things on the ground but they unable to make their superiors listen to either reason or their experience.

Body of Lies presents Hoffman as arrogant and power hungry as he lies and deceives with no thought to how his actions affect real lives. The film also throw in the ineffectiveness of technology in combating an enemy that has - on a certain level - gone low tech. Hoffman can track anyone using their cell phone and listen in to their conversations too. And he has no trouble finding Ferris in the middle of a dessert.

But how do you use spy satellites to track people handing off notes written on pieces of paper? At one point, Hoffman is trying to follow Ferris as he's being handed off in a hostage exchange. But the terrorists arrive in four SUVs, drive around in circles to create a cloud of dust, place Ferris in one car and then drive off in four different directions. All the spy satellites and high tech gizmos are useless. Ferris understands this but Hoffman does not. Filmmaker Ridley Scott could've taken a few lessons from Ferris as well.

Scott's film is pumped up on Hollywood action testosterone as he orchestrates chases and explosions every ten minutes or so.

But a little less flash and a little more grit could have gone a long way to making this film more convincing and less of an action flick. Body of Lies arrives on the heels of the decidedly more empty headed Eagle Eye , but both films show a U.

In Body of Lies that technology proves inadequate in fighting terrorism. In Eagle Eye , technology is turned against average citizens who are coerced by a computer voiced by Julianne Moore to commit an act of terrorism in the name of defending the Constitution.She took a walk early the next morning. They floated the body ashore off the Spanish coast, and waited for German intelligence to find the secret documents. The Pakistani changed the subject. Body of Lies arrives on the heels of the decidedly more empty headed Eagle Eye , but both films show a U.

Jan 07, Katharine Hagerty added it. Well-paced, but as with almost all such stories, it suffers from being a bit juvenile in its characterizations over-simplifying people and their motives and a bit formulaic in its construction.

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