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The Director [Paperback]

David Ignatius
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

5 Jun 2014
A MAN WITH SOMETHING TO CHANGE. Graham Weber, the new director of the CIA, is tasked with revolutionising an agency in crisis. Never intimidated by a challenge, Weber intends to do just that. A HACKER WITH SOMETHING TO EXPOSE. Weber's task greatens when a young computer genius approaches the CIA with proof their systems have been compromised. There is a breach. There is a mole. A WOMAN WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE. The agent who takes this walk-in is K. J. Sandoval - a frustrated yet ambitious base chief desperate to prove her worth to the agency and its new director. Weber must move quickly. And he must choose his allies carefully, if he is to succeed in identifying an enemy that is inside the gates, and out to destroy him.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc; UK airports ed edition (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857385143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857385147
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An entertaining, high-tech ride, full of theme park pyrotechnics and more substantial pleasures. As in his previous thrillers, Mr. Ignatius injects the plot with his wide-ranging knowledge of history, geopolitics and national security issues, while giving the reader an intimate sense of the tradecraft employed by his characters. --Michiko Kakutani" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David Ignatius, New York Times bestselling author and prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Washington, DC.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good spy thriller... 8 Jun 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
An intriguing spy thriller this ,with a quite well developing intelligent plot and a fascinating look at the world of hackers that I enjoyed very much.

When Graham takes on the top job at the Agency its with a view to becoming a new broom – sweeping out the old and creating a far more reliable and focussed company – he barely has a foot in the door however before things take a sinister turn. Someone, it appears, has access to everything. And that is not good news at all..

There were ups and downs to this one overall for me – the writing is terrific and the story is MOSTLY tightly woven and compelling – however at times I found the characters for me personally fell a bit flat. Graham Weber is an interesting one – and I loved his background and previous persona before he is encouraged to take the position by the President, but after that I didnt QUITE think he lived up to the promise. Some of the early decision making seemed unlikely given the outline of character we had been given – there were also a few other points at which I had to suspend disbelief.

Put that aside though, there is also a lot to love here, especially if you are a fan of the genre – James as a character kind of saved the day for me, his geek side v his intelligence side came across extremely well, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the story flowing, and the premise was definitely appealing. The execution of it was perhaps a bit lax in places but I still enjoyed the journey and can forgive the minor lacks of cohesion.

In ratings terms a solid 3.5 stars and I would be interested to read another of this authors novels to see whats what.

Happy Reading Folks!

Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great detail but poor characterization 5 July 2014
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Technically very good about the digital world of cyber warfare however the characters were one dimensional somewhat unbelievable and difficult to empathise or have any sympathy with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars do not read 22 Jun 2014
By ogilvy
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I've read other books by Ignatius and they were ok, and I do like his NYT columns, but he really should have used a ghost-writer. good idea, lousy telling!
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The story kept me reading to the end but the characters were mostly stereotypes and the errors of detail were so plentiful to be off-putting. The author likes to give the impression he knows his stuff by quoting street names, train times, whisky brands and so on but when they are wrong, the effect is exactly the opposite. Some of the computer stuff too was shaky, with program names thrown around to give the air of expertise but sometimes in the wrong place. I was left with a feeling that the book had been rushed out to meet a post-Snowden appetite and it simply hadn't been checked carefully enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 7 July 2014
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Stuck in the racist groove.
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