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Damascus Station: A Novel

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CIA case officer Sam Joseph is dispatched to Paris to recruit Syrian Palace official Mariam Haddad. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, which supercharges Haddad’s recruitment and creates unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy.

But the cat and mouse chase for the killer soon leads to a trail o
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: October 5th 2021 by W. W. Norton Company
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Jeremy
Sep 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Damascus Station, by David McCloskey, is a first-rate, old-school espionage thriller. Over the last year I have read a few spy novels I considered some of the best ever written and Damascus Station might be the best of the lot. The characters are top-notch: the good guys are great but the bad guys really shine. Most are vile, sadistic a-holes but one bad guy is like most of us, just trying to survive. As the novel progresses the tension ramps up, each progressive sentence feels like it could all ...more
Brian Miller
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read this year. It had shades of Red Sparrow but somehow I think Syria may be a little more ruthless and plays by fewer rules than Russia. Ben works to recruit Mariam, a Syrian intelligence official to help the United States find out more about what is going on behind the scenes in Syria. A lot of double crossing, edge of your seat action. I really hope the author keeps writing. The secondary plots in this story is what really takes it to the next level. I ca ...more
Bob
Sep 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I Expected To Like This Spy Thriller A Lot But Wound Up Being Somewhat Disappointed!

Based on Damascus Station’s intriguing plot concept — which is very representative of the type of books I enjoy — and the advance praise it generated, I highly anticipated it to be a book I’d be recommending highly. However, I must admit that, while I found Damascus Station to be interesting enough to finish, I felt that, overall, it was just an okay read. That’s because, for me, the pace of the book too often go
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Todd Wilkins
Jul 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Damascus Station is one of the purest spy novels I’ve read this year. A volatile mix of traditional espionage plotlines intertwined with a modern level of action and violence that had me flipping pages until the early morning hours.

When it comes to high risk assignments, being a CIA case officer in Syria is near the top of the list. Sam Joseph is sent to Paris in order to recruit a government employee prior to beginning his assignment in Damascus. When t
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David McCloskey is a former CIA analyst and consultant at McKinsey & Company. While at the CIA, he worked in field stations across the Middle East and briefed senior White House officials and Arab royalty. He lives in Texas.

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