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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (892 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Ignatius Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781400179930
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Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq with a shattered leg and an intense mission-to penetrate the network of a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman." Ferris's plan for getting inside Suleiman's tent is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: He prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have accomplished the impossible by recruiting an agent within the enemy's ranks. This scheme binds friend and foe in a web of extraordinary subtlety and complexity, and when it begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service-a man who might be an Arab version of John le Carre's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A spy thriller so terrific that it will both chill you…and cheer you.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • Ignatius has crafted one of the best post-9/11 spy thrillers yet. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “Few readers will anticipate the jaw-dropping conclusion, and the pairing of first-rate espionage suspense with fully developed characters should propel this onto the bestseller lists and possibly attract Hollywood interest.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fast-paced and psychologically deep…We need gifted and intelligent thriller writers like David Ignatius.”

    Washington Post, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 2/1/2014

    " Good book. At the beginning I thought it was going to be boring, but it quickly drew me in. One of those CIA stories that was actually interesting and easy enough to understand. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 1/28/2014

    " Just go see the movie. If you already saw the movie you will be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/16/2014

    " Fairly well done. 8 of 10 stars if you like authentic cia operative stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weldon Banks | 1/12/2014

    " Well developed with and nice ending to tie it all together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee Ponton | 12/26/2013

    " This is a well-researched account of very current middle-eastern affairs. Disregard the fact the book was turned into a popular movie, Ignatius writes from in-depth personal knowledge of the region. The plot kept me involves until the surprise conclusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tad | 12/25/2013

    " Wanted to read it when I saw the movie that is out. A good read, and a very clever plot. CIA agent trying to catch a new, scary Al Qaeda car-bomb planner comes up with a twist on a British ploy used against the Germans in WWII: Create a fake agent and pretend he has infiltrated Al Qaeda to make the planner surface so he can be caught. A little like Le Carre, whom I can't stand, and too raunchy, but 3 stars for great plot and very good writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 12/15/2013

    " Ignatius at top of his game; fascinating look into the world of espionage, as usual, with even better than usual plot twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/12/2013

    " This novel, by Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius, tells the fictional story of a counter-terrorism operation designed to find and capture an important figure in a terrorist network. The book is very well-written, and the plot is interesting and keeps you guessing until the very end. The author also weaves Middle Eastern culture in to the story in surprising ways and highlights the difference between Eastern and Western thought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 12/11/2013

    " This is a well done story, gives the reader some insight to how CIA & Middle East situations are handled, and; how dangerous & frightening it must truly be over there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Nyikita | 4/14/2013

    " interesting narrative "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 3/14/2013

    " this was a very involved story about all the lies being told to bring lead terrorists out into the open and how they (CIA or whomever)orchestrate the lies and situations to make this come about. Probably not too unlike what the government for over 10 years to find Osama bin Laden. Interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drabya Takesha | 7/29/2012

    " Menarik dapat menelusuri segala bentuk konspirasi dan kebohongan dalam badan CIA, walaupun agak rumit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 6/19/2012

    " David and I both liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick F. | 3/14/2012

    " AUTHOR WRITES TOO FEW NOVELS- GUESS TOO BUSY WITH WASH POST- BUT LOVE HIS BOOKS- THIS WAS NO EXCEPTION "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 2/6/2012

    " This is a pretty good book, but I'd recommend watching the movie instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 1/26/2012

    " As a spy thriller goes, very well done. The ending was wrapped up a little too quickly and easily for my liking, but otherwise good all around. Have to see the movie now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Flannery | 12/2/2011

    " don;t normally like fiction but this was very good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 10/17/2011

    " Unexpected ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 8/22/2011

    " I didn't finish "Body of Lies." Life is too short & there are too many great books I'll never get to read to waste any more time on such wretchedness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 4/19/2011

    " This is a well done story, gives the reader some insight to how CIA & Middle East situations are handled, and; how dangerous & frightening it must truly be over there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Drabya | 2/12/2011

    " Menarik dapat menelusuri segala bentuk konspirasi dan kebohongan dalam badan CIA, walaupun agak rumit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paola | 1/31/2011

    " Body of Lies was excellent. I read this after having seen the movie adapted from it and the book is by far the better of the two (although the flick had Mark Strong and Leo DiCaprio). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 lollobojo | 1/4/2011

    " good plot.

    um, good plot.

    character of the girl was too stereotypical.

    fairly intelligently and realistically written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathrine | 12/29/2010

    " If not for the twist at the end, I would have only given this one 2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/10/2010

    " Very tightly written story incorporating the mystery of the Middle East with the CIA, and other intelligence services as they develop a plot to slow terrorist attacks.

    I will find another book by this author, it moved quickly, and I didn't want to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/26/2010

    " The book is much better than the movie. It is based on the movie and "The Man Who Never Was". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 9/12/2010

    " A thriller about the war on terrorism with a lot of twist and turns, double-crosses and cover-ups. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 7/13/2010

    " It's been a while since I read a book I wanted to throw across the room, but this one did it to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelaine | 7/1/2010

    " CIA agents in modern Middle East. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summi | 6/17/2010

    " ok...hve read better books on the same topic "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 5/16/2010

    " Just a flat, flat story. The plot was far too dull to warrant the length of the book – maybe it could have been a compelling short story – and the characters were caricatures. I gained nothing from reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 2/5/2010

    " I liked it better than the movie. More defined ending. "

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About the Author
Author David Ignatius

David Ignatius, bestselling author of Body of Lies and The Increment 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.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.