Cloaks and Veils Paperback – 17 Jul 2012
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About the Author
J. C. Carleson is a former undercover CIA officer. Her near-decade of covert service took her around the globe, from bomb shelters in war zones to swanky cocktail parties in European capitals. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives outside Washington, DC.
Top Customer Reviews
Dara's investigations lead to the edge of a conspiracy that leads right into the heart of Langley.
To say this was written by a CIA operative I find some of the plot a little far fetched, although the writing style seemed relaxed throughout the tension is obvious. Why do authors insist on involving a love interest in their books? sometimes they just get in the way and I find myself hoping that they will be the villain/next victim!!
I am sure that the author will mature as she writes more, I'm looking forward to more works from her.
Not brilliant, but well worth a read.
made it compelling. A little long maybe but a good read.
Anyhow, as she sticks her nose into the widow's private life and family business she believes that she has discovered something strange.
This is the first story by former undercover CIA officer JC Carleson ... I just hope her CIA cover stories were more convincing that the one she has produced for this book.
It's not that it's a bad story; it's just predictable and, at times, a little boring. There are also moments which go further than beggaring belief.
I understand that real life situations for the secret service don't involve Bourne-like fights, or Mission Impossible-type dangling from ceilings or running round the outside of a glass building using a fire-hose, but when reading about spies you really want some action and adventure.
Unfortunately, for me, this was so dark and shady, I couldn't find them. In fact, I just couldn'g get past the first few chapters. Nothing grabbed me enough to care about what was going to happen, which is a shame as this sounded like a very good book. The concept is actually very good, sadly the writing and story didn't match up to my expectations, but that's not to say you won't enjoy it, dear cautious reader...
All of which is fair enough really , especially as Cloaks & Veils is an absorbing sometimes exciting read that uses human interaction and subversion as a dramatic tool rather than visceral action and lots of running around -though there is some of that as well.
Lead character Dara McIntyre is a believable heroine , not least because she makes mistakes when under pressure , which is something human beings generally do .Dara is not the indestructible virtual automaton beloved of Hollywood . The author cannot resist giving her a love interest which is ,as ever, wincingly dull, but at least this character serves other purposes within the narrative which is maybe the main reason for his being there in the first place.
The plot is convoluted, perhaps overly so , and if even a smidgeon of the stuff going on in this book is based on truth , and I would suspect it is , then we should be very worried indeed about the state of the CIA.
I would not be the least surprised to see this book adapted into a film as the film industry seems obsessed with imagining what goes on within the corridors of power. Here they have an empirical source. Good stuff for sure, but they really would have to change the awful title.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just didn't really hold my interest. I did finish the book as I hate leaving books unread but I didn't find it particularly thrilling nor the characters believable. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Percy Peacock
Did not hold my interest and I was disappointed as I love stories of intrigue and mystery and especially when they include places like Dubai.....a former home town.Published 20 months ago by Noosa
Kept me on the edge. Unbelievable what happens within high profile jobs.Published 22 months ago by R Gharial
Speedy as usual for a Kindle download. Can't comment on the book as I haven't read it yet. Saving for holiday read.Published on 11 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
a decent read although took a while to get into, lacked the hook needed to pull the reader in and get involved.Published on 4 Jun. 2014 by Patricia Grogan
A well scripted novel with a nice unexpected twist. I would recommend this to anyone who like a murder mystery.Published on 22 April 2014 by Mr. R. D. Dunn