The Director: A Novel Hardcover – 20 Jun 2014
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Another brilliant thriller from the Dean of International Intrigue. Deception, deceit, and dishonor The Director doesn't let up and absolutely doesn't disappoint! I loved this book! --Brad Thor, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Hidden Order"
The best part of The Director is watching Ignatius grab the history of American intelligence and use it to divine our technological future. Here's your chance to see inside the CIA. Sculpted with an insider's eye, The Director shows you real people, real espionage, and the real threats to our national security. --Brad Meltzer, best-selling author of The Fifth Assassin"
[A] frighteningly convincing spy thriller. "
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"
[Ignatius] ought to be every bit as famous as a lot of thriller writers with bigger names and egos, and half as much intelligence ?the best spy novel I ve read since John le Carre s Smiley s People, way back in 1979. --Philip Kerr"
A lively read. "
The Director is not explicitly about Edward Snowden or the NSA, but it is all about the technological, commercial, governmental, and journalistic world in which that news is unfolding [a] page-turning read. --James Fallows"
I m not rolling a log or exaggerating when I call this the best spy novel I ve read since John le Carre s Smily s People way back in 1979 I now intend to read everything that Ignatius has ever written. --Philip Kerr"
[A] frighteningly convincing spy thriller.
As a writer, Ignatius doesn t know how to tell a bad story. His unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world propels his work so far above others who dabble in the field that there''s little comparison."
Ignatius has given readers another compelling and enlightening look at what might happen next month. Must-read twenty-first-century espionage fiction.
A lively read.
David Ignatius s novels have always been a clef in the best sense: closely connected to, and very revealing and insightful about, the trends and tensions in the news [A] page-turning read.--James Fallows"
Ignatius uses all his Washington insider experience to give his story its sharp authenticity.
If you think cybercrime and potential worldwide banking meltdown is a fiction, read this sensational thriller and reconsider any investing strategy you might have.--Bob Woodward
One of his best Ignatius has a gift for portraying the soldiers of the CIA bureaucracy in all their ambition, heroism and pettiness, and what he suggests about the nation s cybersecurity will keep you up at night.--Mary Ann Gwinn"
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
David Ignatius's novels have always been a clef in the best sense: closely connected to, and very revealing and insightful about, the trends and tensions in the news... [A] page-turning read.--James Fallows
One of his best... Ignatius has a gift for portraying the soldiers of the CIA bureaucracy in all their ambition, heroism and pettiness, and what he suggests about the nation's cybersecurity will keep you up at night.--Mary Ann Gwinn
As a writer, Ignatius doesn't know how to tell a bad story. His unparalleled understanding of the intelligence world propels his work so far above others who dabble in the field that there's little comparison.
From the Inside Flap
The CIA was battered and bruised. It needed new blood, and Weber seemed like a man who might be able to turn things around.
When Graham Weber is appointed director of the CIA, the agency is at a vital crossroads. Its pride dented by the Snowden and WikiLeaks scandals, and its reputation damaged by his predecessor's errors of judgement, Weber has been given the job due to his reputation for facing challenges and facilitating change.
His eyes were bulging and red-veined. He spoke English with a German accent. His passport said he was from Zurich.
Yet within a week of his appointment, Weber receives the news that every CIA director most dreads. A young Swiss hacker - an enigmatic member of the digital underground - has walked into the American Consulate in Hamburg, claiming the CIA's systems have been compromised. And he has the evidence to prove it.
'They are coming for you.'
There is a mole inside the agency. And Weber must identify it, fast. He does not know where to look, he does not know whom to trust, and he does not have much time. And facing him is a tangled web of power and politics, and beneath that a digital maze of deception and duplicity, espionage and evasion, suspicion and treachery.
Top customer reviews
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.
This is not a bad story, and I enjoyed most of it.
However, what I didn't like: To start with, I really don't care for the font the story is written in, and it's far too small to read comfortably.
The other thing I didn't care for was the parts in German. I am German, and I cringed when I was reading what Henning was supposed to have said to Grulig, telling him we was waiting for him downstairs.
Did Mr. Ignatius get the translation from Google Translate? No, couldn't have. Even Google Translate will do better than that.
It reminded me of those of old American war films, where American soldiers pretend they are Germans and get away with bad grammar while having a strong American accent, when speaking to German soldiers. It's an insult to my intelligence, my ears and, in this case, my eyes. Also, nouns start with a capital letter: Braves Mädchen, not Braves mädchen.
These are just a few examples why you shouldn't attempt using another language if you don't speak it fluently or, at the very least, know someone who does. This sort of thing really puts me off the story as well as the author.
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