Body of Lies

Body of Lies

A Novel

Book - 2007
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WW Norton
Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission—to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman." Ferris's plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: He prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service—a man who might be an Arab version of John le Carré's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him?

Baker & Taylor
Emerging from a tour of duty in Iraq with a badly injured leg, CIA soldier Roger Ferris takes on a mission to infiltrate the network of a master terrorist and bases his plan on a British intelligence operation from World War II before finding himself caught in a dangerous web and depending on a dubiously trustworthy intelligence head.

Norton Pub
A tale of counterterrorism from an author who "ranks with Graham Greene in his knowledge of espionage and the human heart" (Publishers Weekly).

Blackwell North Amer
Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission—to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman." Ferris's plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: He prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks.This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service—a man who might be an Arab version of John le Carré's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him?

Baker
& Taylor

Emerging from a tour of duty in Iraq with a badly injured leg, CIA soldier Roger Ferris takes on a mission to infiltrate the network of a master terrorist and bases his plan on a British intelligence operation from World War II.

Publisher: New York : Norton ; London : Quercus, 2007
ISBN: 9780393065039
0393065030
9781847245892
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 25 cm

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poppy2010 Sep 04, 2013

Excellent novel - one of his best.
Having read it and then watched the movie, I was impressed withscreen selection of such suitable characters.
The only flaw in the book is the 'movie-like' ending, but otherwise this is one to enjoy!

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dannnn
Mar 07, 2012

Excellent. complex thriller that keeps you in the dark until the end.

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writer13
Dec 12, 2011

David Ignatius uses his years of experience and knowledge to great effect with this novel. It offers a gritty, inside look at the spy game that is not as flashy as the Bourne series of novels, but seems far more realistic. A solid read.

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rp1
Aug 09, 2011

Body of Flaws.

Unrealistic, illogical, incoherent.

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Dub
Apr 05, 2011

This is a page-turner. Excellent read, couldn't put it down. Offers a glimpse of the 'spy' profession and the Arab culture. As the book cover says, 'it is fiction but reads as reality.' Great stuff.

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rahmmie
Dec 19, 2010

Excellent book, great read

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