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Body of Lies

Suspense fiction by David Ignatius

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  • Mar 26, 2009
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It took me a while, Dad.  Sorry - you were right. The book was better!
Body Of Lies, by David Ignatius, follows Roger Ferris' journeys, both professional and personal, as he tries to make things right for America by tracking down and capturing a major league terrorist by the name of Suleiman. The book, while maybe a bit slow to start, picks up steam as we follow Roger's struggles with his work and his life, and the people that move in and out of it.

There are several relationships that play major roles in the novel - those between Roger and Ed Hoffman, his boss, Roger and his women - ex-wife Gretchen and new love Alice, and Roger and his Jordanian partners, namely, Hani. So, while mostly about terrorism, suspense and action-packed sequences, I would think the major theme of the book is more about self-discovery. Is Roger living the life he wanted? Are the people that surround him supportive or destructive? How long can you live a lie? Are you willing to die for your beliefs? Another person?

This was a great break from my non-fiction bender, and is perfect for a beach or airport read. Definitely not chick lit, but chick lit lovers might find it palatable.

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review by . June 08, 2010
This book was much better than the decent (at best) movie.  It moves at a breakneck pace, and the action is very good.  The author also develops the characters very well.  The settings in the Middle East, such as Jordan and Syria, give Americans a decent view into a completely foreign world.  The character of the Jordanian intelligence chief is also memorable.   This book is highly recommended.  
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Body of Lies
David Ignatius
ISBN: 0393334295
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

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ISBN-10: 0393065030 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780393065039 (hbk.)
Author: David Ignatius
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Date Published: April 16, 2007
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