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Product details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (17 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612183573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612183572
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,444,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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By FLB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Sept. 2012
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First of all,I don't usually read spy novels. Given the CV of the author (Ex Spook) I decided to give this one a go. Dara Mcintyre is a spy, bored in her day job at Langley where she is given a low level desk job. Then suddenly asked to look into a previous agent and her work.

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.
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By John Richard VINE VOICE on 16 July 2012
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All the hallmarks of an insider novel with good detail and interesting characters. Notable that that the CIA personnel are depicted as normal people with normal issues that can be found within any large organisation, including the over-promoted jerks that we all know, not the steely eyed focused types that we are used to from non-insider authors. Worthy first book, hope there are more.
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I found it rather heavy going at times but the mere fact that the whole story seemed to have a factual feel, that may be because of the authors history,
made it compelling. A little long maybe but a good read.
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By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Aug. 2012
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CIA agent Dora McIntyre has been given a new office and a new job title "Counter Intelligence Referent" also known as an interfering desk jockey. Dora is now fastened to a desk because she had an affair with another country's spy. She is asked to review the mindset of an agent who has just been widowed. I have to ask why an untrained woman would be asked to perform a psychological evaluation, especially a person whose own suspect behaviour has lead to the current desk job.

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.
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By Sassy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2013
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Cloaks and Veils by J C Carleson is about a disgraced CIA agent, Dora McIntyre who has been given a desk job because she couldn't keep her knickers on and got caught. Unhappily she is now investigating a recently widowed agent only to discover some very dark, shady goings on.

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...
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Have to be honest - I only got this as it was free or on offer but I was pretty much drawn in on the first page. Some aspects of the plot were a little unfathomable but, overall, it was a good read and very exciting.
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The author of Cloaks And Veils J.C. Carleson used to be a CIA officer ,so has taken the old maxim , write about what you know seriously as her debut novel is all about -TA DA! A female CIA Officer who gets in a right old tangle in the Machiavellian world of spies, espionage, misinformation , double dealing, duplicity mendacity and lots of other less than salubrious activities.
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.
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