Body of Lies
This was horrible! Indigestible and inexcusable.
It's inexcusable when an author has supposedly smart people do stupid things. But it gets even worse here. Suspicious people accept information without question. Secretive people talk to other people about their secrets. A hardened terrorist yields to the pressure of being bored in prison to...more
But I feel as if he could have made his characters a bit less typical. Roger Ferris was almost too goody two shoes for...more
Through the first half of the book I seriously considered bailing out a...more
David Ignatius, journalist and author of Agents of Innocence, has used his vast knowledge of Middle Eastern politics to write one of the most compelling post-9/11 spy thrillers. While creating psychologically deep characters and painting rich portraits of life in Iraq, Jordan, and Syria, he narrates a fast-paced search for a terrorist. A few critics noted, however, that Ignatius bends over backwards not to stereotype his Arab characters (most are wise; few are anti-Semitic), while blatantly crit...more
I thought that Ignatius did a decent job of capturing the attraction that the Levant has for people. He also portrayed Arabs and Arab culture sympathetically, which if one has read any Vince Flynn, comes as relief. There is a cogent critique of American foreign policy and the way we advance our interests in this boo...more
- order of events is very different. The actual body of lies was a real person (a corpse) that was supposed to be a CIA agent, not just Omar Sadiki. Something about the barracks bombing was different too, in terms of order in the plot.
- Faris' relationship with Gretchen is shown first-person, not just referred to
- Faris has an affair with a local (white) aid worker, not with a middle-eastern woman. Plus he has lots of sex with...more
Ignatius crafts an interesting thriller with some pretty good plot twists and at some points near the ending you are not exactly how it is going to turn out.
However, Farris and Alice were soo uninteresting and at times one dimensional. Often both characters seem so self righteous that it even if you agreed with their politics it was distracting and became a huge...more
There was probably no choice for Ignatius but to admit that a central plank of his plot was borrowed from The Man Who Never Was but it immediately removed one star for originality. Cardboard characters removed another. But the author conveys a sense of knowing something about the CIA and also about the Mid...more
I have now finished this book and must say my overall feeling is one of dissappointment - I consider myself to be of at least average inteligence and this book was hard to find - it is as if whole sections were missing - maybe that was the point that the...more
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...more
Roger Ferris is a CIA soldier who creates this plot to try to penetrate Suleiman's organization. The problem is no one knows Suleiman. Roger works with George S...more
to read, so I bought a copy of "Body of Lies," which is a
political/espionage thriller set mostly in Jordan, written by David
Ignatius. He's one of the better Washington Post columnists, and not
a bad novelist.
I liked the book. David Ignatius has a good eye for character, and I think he captures something of the intelligence mindset. It has some cute ideas in it.
One of the heroes of the novel is a senior Jordanian intelligence offi...more
The second issue is the over-arching liberal message of the story. To be brief, all of the w...more
Post Read: OK, so the movie stars Russell Crowe, not George Clooney. Darn.
Anyway, I can see how this book can be translated into a really good and thrilling movie. In fact, it almost seems as if it was written t...more