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David Ignatius

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About the Author

David Ignatius was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 26, 1950. He received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1963 and a diploma in economics from Kings College, Cambridge, England, in 1975. He has worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and the näytä lisää Washington Post, where he is an associate editor. In 1985, he received the Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. He is the author of several novels including Agents of Innocence, Siro, The Bank of Fear, A Firing Offense, Body of Lies, The Increment, and The Director. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: David Ignatius at the 2018 U.S. National Book Festival By Fuzheado - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72308570

Tekijän teokset

Body of Lies (2007) 567 kappaletta
The Increment (2009) 394 kappaletta
Bloodmoney (2011) 284 kappaletta
Agents of Innocence: A Novel (1987) 262 kappaletta
The Director (2014) 247 kappaletta
A Firing Offense (1997) 239 kappaletta
The Quantum Spy: A Thriller (2017) 213 kappaletta
Siro (1991) 168 kappaletta
The Bank of Fear (1994) 127 kappaletta
The Paladin (2020) 118 kappaletta
The Sun King (1999) 59 kappaletta
Justa Causa (1999) 1 kappale

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Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
The Bank of Fear is your pretty standard spy-thriller novel, set mostly in London, and centered on Middle Eastern players and politics. There's lots and lots of money, murder, secrets, the usual.

For being 450 pages, this was really a quick read. It was easy to get into - and keep going. I also appreciated the level of information given relating to Middle Eastern politics and the computer hacking as well; Ignatius reached what - to me, at least - was a good balance between explaining enough for someone with a very modest background in the Middle East, without being too detailed or expository for the genre.

My gripe about halfway through this book was that that two main characters who have gotten tangled up in this really dangerous affair have apparently never seen a spy movie. Ever. Even though Lina knows exactly how dangerous her boss is, and Sam purportedly knows everyone in the Arab financial world - and his father was CIA - they continue to call each other on their regular phone lines, and even meet at her apartment, even after they know they're being watched. Dumb.

Also, the character focus felt unbalanced. To start with, it seemed that Lina and Sam would be even-ish protagonists, but as the story went on, Lina became the main character, and Sam was only a supporting role when he was needed. It seemed like his role wasn't fully fleshed out.
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csayban | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 19, 2023 |
I'd previously read "The Quantum Spy" (good/very good) and "The Director" (pretty good) by this author, but after those two, this one was a very big disappointment - poor characterisation and the idea of highly realistic video fakes, while interesting, is not explored in a very interesting way here. Felt to me a bit like the author was just churning another one out for the sake of it. I guess it depends what you want from your spy books - if you are happy with pretty standard thriller fare, then maybe this will do it for you and perhaps I am being a bit harsh on it. But what I liked about "The Quantum Spy" in particular was that it looked at aspects of the espionage world that have not been written about all that much by others (e.g. quantum computing and China's MSS) - so it felt a cut above your average espionage thriller.… (lisätietoja)
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Paul_Samael | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 24, 2022 |
Author keeps reminding us that "Wong" is the driver and reiterates people's job titles and positions OK read
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Sunandsand | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 30, 2022 |
Interesting story that really held my attention. The historical events of the story are true and the fictional characters are based on real people, the names are changed of course. Very sad in that so many opportunities to make things right in the Middle East were handled poorly or ignored. After reading this, I recommend "The Good Spy" by Kai Bird to anyone wanting to learn more and to read about the actual people.
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Nefersw | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 14, 2022 |



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