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|Download E-pub ß Bloodmoney õ From the author of the best selling Body of Lies and The Increment in a tragedy of revenge, the CIA falls victim to its own daring operation in the Middle EastSomeone in Pakistan is killing the members of a new CIA intelligence unit that is trying to buy peace with America s enemies It falls to Sophie Marx, a young CIA officer with a big chip on her shoulder, to figure out who s doing the killing and why Her starting point is Alphabet Capital, the London hedge fund that has been providing cover for this secret operation, but the investigation soon widens to include the capitals of the Middle East and the cruel hills of South WaziristanSophie thinks she has the backing of her hard nosed boss, Jeffrey Gertz, and his genial mentor at headquarters, Cyril Hoffman In addition, she gets help from the well mannered lieutenant general heading Pakistan s Inter Services Intelligence Directorate But the closer Sophie gets to her quarry, the she realizes that nothing in this gallery of mirrors is quite what it seems This is a theater of violence and retribution, in which the last act is one that Sophie could not have imaginedDavid Ignatius has written a disturbing and compelling novel where the price of unchecked government is paid in blood, and peace can be bought only through betrayal As a spy novel, I thought it was good The characters were interesting, if not as fully fleshed out as in LeCarre s best The plot was also good with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, and not so many plot holes that it ruined my suspension of disbelief A standard element of spy thrillers is visiting exotic locales, and that was also done well But for me, the best feature of the book was the way the author makes Pakistan a littleunderstandable It is the clash of cultures th As a spy novel, I thought it was good The characters were interesting, if not as fully fleshed out as in LeCarre s best The plot was also good with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, and not so many plot holes that it ruined my suspension of disbelief A standard element of spy thrillers is visiting exotic locales, and that was also done well But for me, the best feature of the book was the way the author makes Pakistan a littleunderstandable It is the clash of cultures that underlies so much of the tension between the US and Pakistan as each side constantly behaves in ways the other side considers dishonorable If you re interested in the current relationship between the US and Pakistan, this makes it a littleunderstandable This was my first reading of this author and I ll definitely read 3.5 stars Ignatius is one of the most qualified writers of espionage thrillers, being the Washington Post s correspondent who covers the CIA and the Middle East for the last 25 years His sources are mostly anonymous, but they have shared the secrets of intelligence trade craft with Ignatius As a result, his novels have been the most realistic of the sordid world of intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan His Body of Lies was an exceptionally poignant and troubling story of how American intell Ignatius is one of the most qualified writers of espionage thrillers, being the Washington Post s correspondent who covers the CIA and the Middle East for the last 25 years His sources are mostly anonymous, but they have shared the secrets of intelligence trade craft with Ignatius As a result, his novels have been the most realistic of the sordid world of intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan His Body of Lies was an exceptionally poignant and troubling story of how American intelligence is being gamed by foes who are sometime allies like Pakistan or Al Queda, the Taliban, or smaller sect determined to kill Americans and even fellow countrymen However, Bloodmoney, which I expected to be as gripping and realistic as Body of Lies, proved to be a bit of a disappointment Ignatius is spot on with his description and background of his characters, American, English, Pakistani, and the many locations he visits in his story But I had trouble with his premise, that a rogue CIA group was allowed to be created with an illegal funding mechanism no less and is allowed to send agents into harms way in Pakistan, Russia, and Turkistan where they are murdered He continues to build suspense throughout the book and portray the twisted world of duplicity by all concerned But as Ignatius was reaching a climax, too many threads simply didn t work for me The final chapters seemed to be written by a Hollywood screen writer trying to give a big bang finale suitable for your local multiplex screen A bit disappointing when I wanted somethinglike John le Carre would have been able to pull off All Flash No Substance I guess a beach and pina coladas would make it satisfying Ignatius seems to have overdosed on plot by the numbers and to have had no time for the details of either his characters or his plot development Warning there will be spoilers, I guess Sophie could have been a good character Most of the others had no such chance, but nearly all of them ended up doing saying ridiculous, stupid, out of character things 1 Sophie says I can t imagine how his cover could have All Flash No Substance I guess a beach and pina coladas would make it satisfying Ignatius seems to have overdosed on plot by the numbers and to have had no time for the details of either his characters or his plot development Warning there will be spoilers, I guess Sophie could have been a good character Most of the others had no such chance, but nearly all of them ended up doing saying ridiculous, stupid, out of character things 1 Sophie says I can t imagine how his cover could have been blown after her first idea is proven wrong She lacks even enough imagination to see that there are 99 ways a spy s cover could be blown in a foreign country where he sticks out like a sore thumb But no, she assumes the last person the spy met HAD TO BE the one who did it He HAD to And, when she decided he wasn t, she was flat out of ideas Laughable.2 The ex I Banker, now Chief of Staff for the PotUS is nothing but a loud mouth He is an empty suit who shows zero financial sophistication He has one of the dumbest lines I have ever read When Gertz tells him he is closing up shop, the ex I Banker says, But you told me this was self funding and self liquidating And, of course, Gertz replies Yes, it is, and now we re self liquidating That was obvious to me, but somehow it went right over the head of this master of the universe ex I Banker Laughable.3 Sabah in Brussels After they ve proven to Sabah that they have enough evidence to jail him for a long time, he agrees to help them But then, they slap him and don t pet his dog, so he supposedly changes his mind and says something like You nasty people I refuse to help you Sure He s just going to get thrown into jail for decades because someone wasn t nice to his dog In addition to specific paragraphs where characters say ridiculous things, there are many parts of the story that are nothingthan an excuse to show off knowledge of some locale or piece of society But, they are pointless either by being silly or because we know the entire sub plot will come to not anyway.The entire episode of Perkins arrest was a bore Anyone with any intelligence knew it was just going to go away And it did Net result lots of wasted words Let us count how ridiculous it was 1 Sophie knows who A Cronin is Perkins knows she knows He never mentions it Yes, he supposedly never mentions it to protect her But, we know she knows We know it kills the case We know this is all nonsense Many pages of nonsense 2 Follow the money Wouldn t there be, oh, I don t know, maybe 6 BILLION missing Perkins never pushed that In such cases, the M O would be to follow the money But here 6 BILLION missing Perkins doesn t mention it Nobody else cares Perkins mentions that there was a second account But, he NEVER MENTIONS that any accountant will be able to figure out that there is 6 BILLION missing Gee, do you think maybe a lawyer could make a case out of that 3 He never pushes the fact that Egan, one of his employees , was just killed in Pakistan We were never given any reason to believe this employee had the experience or training to actually work at a high powered hedge fund But there he was And, then there he was in Pakistan And then there he was dead Gee, do you think maybe a lawyer could make a case out of that being connected to the CIA.The entire episode in Brussels was just kind of silly The dog The interrogation The IYAAYAS The moving safe houses And it was way too long And the whole point was to get an email address And to describe the dog, of course One of the main take aways from this novel that guy sure loved his dog.Sophie s entire first trip to London was silly She was sent to London to do Detective Work , to be the detective who figures out how Egan s cover was blown She goes to London She romances the boss She plays faux hedge fund analyst She does zero detective work in multiple chapters Laughable One other thing I understand Ignatius desire to treat Pakistan with respect, but five to eight times he throws us off course into contemplation of the Pashtuns as your typical Wise, Noble Savages Not only was it silly, but a few of them contradicted each other The conclusion isn t much of one at all It is just an attempt to have the first meaningful twist in the novel Wait, you mean MY source is really YOUR source and maybe HIS source Gee It fell flat It was like a bullet to the head of a wounded, dying book