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Lion Eyes

3.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  117 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Of Claire Berlinski’s marvelous debut novel, Loose Lips–a perfect blend of satire, romance, and suspense featuring a young female CIA operative–book critic Frank Bascombe observed: “It’s more than a little obvious that [protagonist] Selena Keller is Claire Berlinski.” Despite her assertions to the contrary, Berlinski isn’t above poking fun at that notion in her hilarious a ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 30th 2007)
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Jul 03, 2015 Tim rated it it was ok
I purchased this book from a sale table so I wasn't expecting too much. It was okay but certainly not what I expected. I thought I was getting humour genre, but it's clearly more romance/not-sure-what-else. Lots of shameless plugs for her other book, which I really have no interest in reading. I will say I liked her writing style and she definitely has a great cast of supporting characters that could have made a funny soup if it weren't for the 'You've got mail' distraction. Strangely enough I s ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Creativeuser15 rated it liked it
This book was nice, written in a different format than most "semi-romance" novels. Interesting plot, and culturally rich. The one thing that I just couldn't stand was the author's attempt to constantly shove down my throat, the endless marketing/advertising/reference to her other "amazing book." I'm sorry but you can't hypnotize anyone with half a brain to read your book, no matter how many times you forced to convince them with irrelevant relevancy that it belongs to be discussed in every singl ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Stacie rated it really liked it
I was really surprised with this book. This book deserves more attention than it's getting. Anyone who has ever fallen in love over email will enjoy this read. Claire Berlinski is a spy fiction novelist that finds herself wrapped up in her own espionage story. Her correspondance with a Persian archeologist develops into a love story with a shocking ending.

The bulk of the book is written as emails corresponding back and forth between Claire and her friends, and the mystery archeologist. It was d
Jul 02, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book a lot although at times it seemed to wander a bit. However, at the end, the author referenced an earlier part that makes the ending seem different than what I perceived so now I wonder if I need to read it again because I don't remember that section. Hmmmm .. .
alana Semuels
Dec 07, 2010 alana Semuels rated it it was ok
Is this a new genre -- spy novel/chick lit? I think, as a genre, it doesn't work. In a spy novel, we want adventure, danger, evil and victory. In chick lit, we want humor, compassion, hot men, and victory. In this, we don't really get any of the above. I listened to this on my ipod, rather than reading, so I might have gotten a slightly different impression -- a lot of email addresses to be read, but it meant I followed the plot very closely. And the plot had some major hiccups. The beginning wa ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Trudy rated it liked it
A quick read, humorous but a little scattered. Still, I enjoyed it.
Frederick Bingham
The story of a fictional American author named Claire Berlinski, who lives in Paris but spends most of her time online. She befriends an Iranian archaeologist and an American CIA operative who wants to contact him. The friendship culminates in a dinner party in Paris with those two and a few other of her friends. The book is good, but I did not exactly understand how it ended and what the final outcome was. There was a lot of double crossing, and I think the Archaeologist used her to help his wo ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Gerri rated it really liked it
* This was the follow-up from the author's first novel, LOOSE LIPS. Both stories were intriguing, making me wonder if the author had really participated in the CIA. LION EYES was more colorful though with incredible descriptions of the characters' whereabouts with humorous emotional outcomes. Don't want to share any spoilers.
Oct 17, 2007 Hannah rated it liked it
I really liked the wasy this author wrote because it was a mystery trying to figure out what was true in her life and what was not since she was writing from her perspective. I liked the content and the way that she tied everything together. I did not like some of the language, that's why I marked it as a 3. It's a very quick read.
Aug 21, 2011 Marysue rated it it was amazing
The author wrote a non-fiction book about spies (Loose Lips). Then she writes a novel in which the main character is an author of a book about spies and who is approached by someone who believes she has spy connections. A very good read.
Jan 15, 2011 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Listened on CD on my AZ/NM roadtrip. Entertaining, colorful locations (Paris and Istanbul) but not great writing or plot. Did not like the ending.
Kate Carlisle
Jun 02, 2007 Kate Carlisle rated it liked it
really easy reading, but makes me want to fall in love with an iranian man.. or atleast live in istanbul for a couple months.
Mar 16, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I liked the story line but hated the ending. It had some language and weird stuff. Not one I will be reading again.
Feb 02, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: turkey, spy
Some nicely done humor, but the constant doublespeak and high meta loses its charm quickly.
Jun 16, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
What a cool book - a spy novel, from a chick-lit POV. A quick read, a satisfying ending. Loved it.
Oct 20, 2007 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: smart people
Shelves: have-read
Berlinski is doing interesting things with the novel, and it's a fun, funny read.
Nov 12, 2012 Ruth rated it liked it

Liked it but also not sure I understood the ending. I hate that.
Sep 15, 2010 Martha rated it liked it
Claire Berlinski, the author, is main character in her own novel
Mar 13, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those rare books that made me laugh out loud.
Oct 20, 2007 vida rated it really liked it
Fun quick read- well written and really entertaining!
Melissa Wood
May 07, 2012 Melissa Wood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
hilarious, kookie, surprising, zany, madcap.
Claudia Douris
Dec 27, 2007 Claudia Douris rated it liked it
Very light read, nice book for the summer!
Jul 25, 2011 Tori added it
2009- Confusing, especially the ending.
Mar 28, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Humorous spy novel located in Europe.
Nov 01, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
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Madison Mega-Mara...: #37 Lion Eyes 1 1 Apr 24, 2014 10:38AM  
CLAIRE BERLINSKI WAS born in 1968 in California, and grew up in New York, Seattle and California. She received her undergraduate degree in Modern History and her doctorate in International Relations from Balliol College at Oxford University. She has since lived and worked in Britain, Thailand, Laos, France, and Turkey as a journalist, academic, consultant and freelance writer.
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