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Taking Morgan [Paperback]

David Rose
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31 Jan 2014
Morgan Cooper is finding it hard to juggle the demands of her children and her career - a task her workaholic civil-rights lawyer husband, Adam, makes still more difficult. But unlike the other 'soccer moms' in their affluent DC suburb, she's an undercover CIA officer assigned to the strife-torn Gaza Strip. There, as the betrayals and contradictions of her personal and working lives catch up with her, she finds herself in peril. With her Agency bosses seemingly disengaged, it falls to Adam to try to save her life and their relationship. Inspired by actual events, Taking Morgan is a gripping novel of political intrigue and suspense. It is also the deeply affecting story of a modern couple struggling in their marriage, suddenly at risk of losing each other forever.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (31 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704373335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704373334
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Written by an acclaimed investigative journalist, using all his hard-won experience in the Middle East, this debut is based on a string of real events that bring it a refreshing authenticity. You can almost taste the dust of the streets, smell the explosions, and feel the fear that grips his female protagonist Morgan Cooper... The fate of Morgan and what it must be like to lose your liberty for months gives the story a fearsome grip that lasts to the final page' --Daily Mail

'A compelling thriller and an invaluable guide to the most intractable conflict on earth' --Mail on Sunday

'Among the novel's strengths are the author's in-depth knowledge of the region and its political complexities. Both an espionage yarn and the story of a marriage, it contains all the twists and double-crosses you could wish for, yet mercifully lacks the wham-bam formulaic clunkiness of more seasoned writers of spy fiction' --Sunday Times

'Rose shuttles frantically but effectively between different worlds, ratcheting up the tension' --Guardian

'A smartly paced political thriller' --Observer


'The unravelling of Morgan's plight, and Adam's response to it, takes many interesting twists and turns, made the more convincing by Rose's obvious mastery of his subject' --The Times

About the Author

David Rose has written extensively on intelligence and covert action by agencies all over the world for more than twenty years. He's been a contributing editor with Vanity Fair since 2002, and on staff at the Guardian, Observer and BBC. He currently writes investigative articles for the Mail on Sunday. The author of six non-fiction books, he's been shortlisted for the Crimewriters' Association Golden Dagger and won the Trento Mountain Literature Festival grand prize. His work has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Oxford.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Political Thriller 27 Jan 2014
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Morgan Cooper is a CIA agent married to a successful Civil Defence lawyer, Adam. They have two young children and live in Washington. Due to Morgan's CIA fieldwork abroad and the demands on Adam's time, the couple are apart for long periods of time putting a strain on their marriage. Morgan's latest task, posing as a businesswoman, takes her to the Gaza Strip where she meets up with her contact agent Abdel Nasser. Her real task is to monitor and report back to her bosses accurate information on the state of the warring Fatah (supported by Israel and the USA) and Hamas factions. She has previously been part of a counterespionage unit gaining vital information about undercover officers and agents including Kosovo. Shortly after arriving in Gaza, Morgan is kidnapped along with Abdul Nasser. She doesn't know why nor where she is. She finds she is a captive of 'Jaibiya', an extremist organisation with al-Qaeda links whose leader is Karim. She is subjected to deprivation and torture , admitting to being a CIA agent to save the life of Nasser.

Adam learns of the kidnapping and despite CIA bosses reassuring him that they were doing everything possible to find Morgan, it was clear they either had no leads or if they did they were not letting on. Adam decides to take matters into his own hands and takes off to Gaza, much against the CIA's wishes. It becomes clear as Adam explores matters that Morgan's kidnapping is not straightforward and thoughts of conspiracy arise. It seems Karim knows more about Morgan and her past than he is admitting to.

David Rose has written a tense, all-action political thriller. It is full of deception, subversive motives, acts of cruelty, violence and misleading information. No one seems trustworthy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic vividness of detail 2 Jun 2014
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This is, at once, the story of a dual-career couple whose relationship is challenged by the competing demands of family and vocation and also a gripping thriller centred on the ordeals of a CIA agent who is abducted while on an assignment in the Gaza Strip. The first novel by a top-class, award winning investigative journalist, the storyline is clearly informed by the author’s in-situ knowledge as a writer who has never shied away from tackling the most harrowing human experiences nor the most controversial political issues. No surprise therefore that it is has the ring of accuracy in its descriptive detail of events and context. The resilience and courage of the central characters are a little less believable, particularly that of the main character who retains an ability to think clearly and solve problems after undergoing torture and being entombed in a coffin-like casket. The descriptive writing conveys a cinematic vividness of detail and the build up of tension in the plot make this a novel that is gripping from start to finish. I read it on a return train journey between Oxford and Edinburgh and was too engaged in the plot to experience the usual tedium of long distance travel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic thriller 24 May 2014
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I am not a thriller addict but this tale really moves along at a pace and weaves in so many themes, personal, current events, spies, betrayals, taking chances in life, that you just cannot put it down. The author really knows his Gaza and the Palestinian scene so that it is nearly a course in Middle East politics that you just absorb as you go along. I can just picture it as a film, and was casting it before I finished it! As the various double crossings and infidelities develop you just have to follow along and hope Morgan Cooper survives even if you are angry with her! Really great story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read! 1 April 2014
By Nibbs
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I certainly enjoyed reading it and was gripped to the very end. Though am desperate to know what happens to her next!
Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb suspense, extraordinary detail 10 Mar 2014
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A spy yarn set in Gaza, with all kinds of bad guys, including the supposed good guys. David Rose is an experienced corespondent in middle Eatsern matters, and the local color is fascinating. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very traumatic 9 Mar 2014
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very up to date and revealing the unpleasant side of espinage good story moves along at a good pace with good interaction between the family and friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read 16 Feb 2014
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This is an absolutely brilliant thriller which I have no hesitation in recommending. It really does tell you all you need to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I literally couldn't put it down. I urge you to read it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story, weak book manufacture 8 Feb 2014
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My understanding of Palestine was pretty much limited to the Old Testament until I read this novel. Know what? Nothing much has changed in 5000 years except the weaponry. It's still cousins killing cousins for the sake of a hot dusty mess. David Rose writes so well when he ignores the rules of the thriller and just does what he wants, but it looks as though his publishers Quartet kept reminding him about the demands of the genre. No need - the characters and the situation are enough when you have the knowledge and authority of Rose. The simple act of passing through an official checkpoint becomes an exercise in tension. You may well be better off buying the Kindle version, though: the book is poorly designed. The cover is a crowded mess of generic images in a vile palette, with stiff flaps like a faux dust-cover which make reading uncomfortable. The heavily inked chapter headings show through the shiny paper, and the print had just failed to take in occasional small patches at the foot of some pages. The proof-reading was a little insecure, as well. But the story is a real winner, and an ideal TV series. Read it now and get ahead of the trend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
David Rose is a highly-respected investigative journalist and here, in this first thriller, he has used all the skills and resources honed over his career to craft an absolutely... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sara Ann Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great film!
I absolutely could not put down this novel, and that doesn't happen to me very often. Taking Morgan is extremely well researched, as one would expect from its journalist author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nicola Bolster
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!!
This was a real change from my usual reads, but it was a great book I really loved it and although I really felt for Morgan ,it was her family that I felt for more, having to keep... Read more
Published 4 months ago by s.p. Godwin
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is a definite 'miss'. Steer clear
This book started quite well then went rapidly downhill. Cardboard characters and same old same old plot. Save your money and give this book a miss
Published 4 months ago by Green Tea Goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this down
Absolutely loved this gripping book. Intrigue and counter-intrigue in the Middle East is brought alive through David Rose's obviously forensic knowledge of his subject, combined... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hagrid67
5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing, outstanding book
This is a novel that asks uncomfortable questions about real dilemmas in the modern world, and reminds us that the world is not divided into good guys and bad guys. Read more
Published 4 months ago by florican
3.0 out of 5 stars taking morgan
its an okay book not requiring a great mind easy to take on a break some where and leave behind for some one else to pick up.
Published 4 months ago by cass
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