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Jack in the Box

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From a bestselling author with intimate knowledge of CIA tradecraft comes an electrifying novel of terrifying possibilities –– a story of betrayal and secrets that could implode America's war on terrorism ... and a nightmarish conspiracy firmly rooted in the very highest levels of our nation's government.
ebook, 448 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2004)
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Peter Brimacombe
Sam Waterman works for the CIA. His struggles remind me of my career in the Canadian Federal Government. His cynical bosses just barely tolerate him - their careers based on political correctness , pleasing the politicians. Sam Waterman's original mentors were Brahmins - an elite aristocracy with a vision of their own destiny and duty. They were largely replaced by the more maleable Romanoffs. This echo's my experience in the civil service my mentors were soil scientists concerned with the produ ...more
"Jack in the Box" is a provocative and entertaining thriller about the continuing value of counter-intelligence in a time when a disproportionate share of federal resources has been shifted away from that into counter-terrorism efforts. I liked main character Sam Waterman and found his recruitment back into "the game" following early retirement plausible. The plot -- involving moles in high places -- also seems frightenenly plausible. Thankfully, it moves along at a faster clip than events in Jo ...more
Oh where has this guy gone? He co-authored the Rouge Warrior series for Dick Marcinko and then came out with two of the most realistic spy novels I have read. Realistic right down to the blacking out of spy trade craft secrets that he can't share and sub notes regarding actual past events that are much apart of the story and its fictional (maybe) characters. The Rouge Warrior books were very much based in fact, but had to be categorized as fiction due to the Department of Defense coming down har ...more
Joe White
Filled with espionage trade craft detail of operatives on foreign soil. It's difficult to distinguish facts from fantasy, but this feels like a very solid believable action oriented novel, with contemporary suspense elements and political ramifications.

If you're not that interested in the actual mechanics used by spy agents, and don't believe in the political innuendos, then this can be a tedious read. There's no real character development, a marginal amount of sex, no bang up shootem up scenes
Jeremiah Genest
Does a nice job throwing around lots of concepts, but the character development is thin. Recognizes he's treading over leCarre territory and handles that quite well.
Intriguing. Liked Soar better but still a good read if you like clandestine ops.
"Retired CIA operative, Sam Waterman, is called to a Senator
Stopped reading it. Couldn't get into it.
Toesnorth's mom
spy story, boring, a waste of time
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