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An Ordinary Spy by Joseph Weisberg
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Feb 08, 08

bookshelves: espionage, read-in-2008
Read in February, 2008

Its really hard to pin this book down as its really not a spy novel more like two separate stories about spies and what happens to their sources and themselves when they were sent overseas spying. One agent falls in love with his source. Another agent finds that keeping a source is difficult and that not everyone is what it may seem. The story drags a little, but is interesting because it seems to cover real spycraft and not James Bond work.

An interesting side angle is that the CIA reviews all publications by former agents, and went through the book and redacted place names and other information that could have revealed where the agents were. The author, either to make the point that these stories were very close to real stories or because it would be too hard to re-write the book to delete the redactions, kept them in the story. They are distracting but do not take away from the story.
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