Bloodmoney by David Ignatius Online

Title : Bloodmoney
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ISBN : 9780393341799
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 372

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 East.Someone 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 figureFrom 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 East.Someone 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 Waziristan.Sophie 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 more 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 imagined.David 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.

Bloodmoney Reviews

  • Talltree

    3.5 stars

  • Jack Erickson

    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 [...]

  • Gino

    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 h [...]

  • Sue Smith

    I was pleasantly surprised with this one actually! Saw it featured on the library front feature blurb and thought it sounded pretty good - and I was ready for a good spy thriller book as well, which always helps you get into a book a little faster.Well, it was meant to be. I picked it up during the week before the anniversary of my father's death and once I started reading, I smiled thinking that it would have been a book that he would have liked- political intrigue and dirty spies with a hidden [...]

  • Philip

    Ignatius writes on the CIA and intelligence issues for the Washington Post, and his insider knowledge always shows in the details and "spook-speak" in his fiction, (including Body of Lies, which was made into a film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe). However, while his reporting obviously remains fact-based, he lets his imagination run free in both Blood and Body - in this case, a secret "rogue" CIA which even the "normal" CIA doesn't know about. Which is fine - most fiction is by defini [...]

  • Bea

    Setting Pakistan. CIA and government undercover contractors. Someone killing agents. Spies. Corruption. Good people caught in lies. Smart people manipulating others. Power. Money.These are the ingredients for an action-packed novel about murder and deception. Sophie Marx is chosen by her boss to find out who is killing their agents. She has a history that makes her a good choice as well as the personal characteristics that can make her successful. However, the more she digs and learns the more t [...]

  • Bill

    A blacker than black operation that is so far off the CIA books that only the U.S. president and his chief of staff know about it. The idea is that lack of bureacratic oversight and Congressional committees will produce a nimble and adaptable outfit to fight the war on terrorism. Sounds good until operatives become targets and are being killed off. On the homefront none of the staff seems to know how or why the agents are discovered, the head of the outfit plays it close to the vest so no one un [...]

  • Zbegniew

    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 little more understandable. It is the clash of cultures th [...]

  • John DeDakis

    When you read a book by Washington Post reporter David Ignatius, you learn something. A lot of somethings. In this case, you learn about the intricate minuet that is spy-craft in the post 9/11 age, specifically as it relates to the U.S. relationship with Pakistan. If you're looking for car chases, shoot-em-ups, and 007-ooo-wow-gadgetry, look someplace else. If, on the other hand, you wonder, "why do they hate us?" and why fighting terrorism seems so futile, Ignatius will show you. "Bloodmoney" i [...]

  • Jim Crocker

    I thought it was fascinating! Not what you would call "fast-paced, rock 'em and sock 'em." It's more like classic espionage. And I love that sort of thing. It gets into modern investment banking on a global scale. But not so much as to be tedious. Still you get a taste for deals zipping around the planet faster and faster. This is the driver of global economics. It's not simply the old supply and demand model from 1960 anymore. It's way more than that. It's the whole world on speed. So watch you [...]

  • Dan

    Somebody is killing the most secretly placed agents in other countries, but how are they being found out? This is what Sophie Marx, a CIA operative must find out. As the title state, is it all about money? The author takes current political climate and wraps them into a thriller that is disturbing (and I don’t mean bad, but one that makes you think). It’s a political power play for the characters that control the operatives, but the money involved.

  • Martha Johnson

    A secret group inside Afghanistan is funded by bank arbitrage and insider trading. This book is very pat, trying to maximize everything from our digust with Wall Street to the mysteries of our conflicts overseas. It's entertaining, when you are stuck in a long commute, but otherwise pretty forgettable.

  • Nishant

    Slightly unbelievable characters with a slightly unrealistic and simplistic plot though he did get South Asians quite well -- The head of the ISI is quite astutely sketched.

  • Joe

    Wow, it took me forever to read this book. And that's not a good thing. Wannabe-LeCarre-eqsue ending. Meh.

  • Bec

    This is the first spy novel i've read in a very long time, perhaps ever & it was good. The CIA have got a spin off organisation that hardly anyone in the govt knows about, yet somehow operatives are being killed in the field Enter Sophie Marx, tough yet sexy, totally cliched but still likeable, to save the day. We know who is behind the killings from the beginning & why but we are not privy to the machinations of Jeffrey Gertz, someone whose perspective would've been interesting.It's int [...]

  • Jon McClintock

    This novel deliversI have been reading Ignatius’ works in order of their release. I almost fell out of love earlier, but this wonderfully complex shadow box of circles within circles is a fascinating spy yarn. It’s a heady ride, with a believable trip through the freespending myth of intelligence that many of us want to believe. Concomitantly, it reveals the institutional CIA that we have come to know as reality. It also gets very up close on several characters, and there was not a moment in [...]

  • Comrade_Bazarov

    Great setting and very plausible plot marred by extremely bland (like blander than mayo) characters, clunky - almost sophomoric - writing and a hamfisted love story. Sophie Marx, ostensibly the protagonist, is clueless most of the time and pretty much stumbles onto the truth. Ignatius is clearly very knowledgeable about the complex geopolitical dynamics between Pakistan and USA and that shows.

  • Curt

    Another great read from David Ignatius! If you're looking for shoot-em-up spy thriller, then this may not be the book for you. It is however thoughtfully written and intriguing. It represents what I assume is the real spy game carried out by spy agencies all over the world.

  • Donald Shipman

    Fiction? Possibly doubtful.Really a good hard hitting, believable book Hard to put down,especially if one has been there and done that! DS

  • Malcolm McLeod

    A pleasant yarnThe seamy side of clandestine operations, but not an impossible situation. An interesting take on the alternative world of espionage.

  • Roger Scherping

    Great characters, a complicated plot, and a multi-faceted story. I enjoyed it.

  • Ray LaManna

    A good modern spy story.

  • Mary Rankin

    Good writing, good plot. I couldn't get into it which was not the fault of the author

  • George

    Thought it was an interesting book with realistic characters/motives. I liked how the author kept it ambiguous towards the end for the main character Sophie Marx. Although the reader had an understanding of what happened, not everything was tied up in a nice little bow for the main characteror at least not everything was revealed to her, which is exactly what I would expect from a covert intelligence agency and its employees. Although the ending wasn't as action-packed and climactic as I hoped i [...]

  • Toni Osborne

    A Novel of EspionageThis spy novel is one of the best Mr. Ignatius has written so far. What makes this author stand out is we never know where the plotting will lead us. Deception is the theme of this captivating thriller, it is based on actual CIA operations and only someone with experience in the field can guess where fact crosses into fiction. The central character is Sophie Marx who works at the ''Hit parade LLP' office in a Los Angeles, it is a secret branch within the CIA that works under [...]

  • Glenda Christianson

    This novel a great read for anyone interested in learning a little about world politics while reading fiction. Not surprisingly, most of the characters are lying or hiding somethinge book cover does say "A Novel of Espionage". It did take me awhile to decide who the "good guys" were. I was never entirely sure that I was right!What I loved:I loved that today's current events were woven through out this book. I loved the insight it gave into the Pakistani culture, the CIA and other covert operatio [...]

  • Victoria

    A friend recommended Ignatius to me, and I was lukewarm about the first book of his I read (The Director), but I’m glad I came back for a second try.The story in this 2012 spy thriller concerns a super-secret CIA offshoot working in Los Angeles under deep cover as a pseudo music-biz operation called the Hit Parade (a name the agents employ without apparent irony). But something is amiss, because a key undercover agent disappears from the streets of Pakistan, followed by the assassination of th [...]

  • Deborah Gray

    This was my first exposure to David Ignatius and because I love thrillers I was shocked that I had never heard of him before. His writing is sharp, incisive, clever and strikes just the right balance between setting tone, creating scene, plot and sub-plot. I was captivated from the beginning and impressed with the extensive and very believable details of CIA, black ops, Pakistan and many other parts of the world, of which he clearly has an intimate knowledge. Sophie Marx doesn't know what she's [...]

  • Jak60

    This is the third book by Ignatius I read after Body of Lies, which remains in my view his most successful effort so far; Bloodmoney however, though not without some soft parts, retains some of the strong elements which made of enjoy Body of Lies. a great espionage novel.Actually, one could notice some symmetries between the two novels, especially among some of characters: the head of the Jordan Service in Body of Lies, Hani and the chief of the Pakistani Intelligence in Bloodmoney, General Mali [...]

  • Kuv Patel

    The story is about a self funded unit of deep cover agents setup within the CIA to fight the war on terror. Problems start when the identity of these agents become known to their enemies. This is an intelligent novel that weaves a sophisticated tale of conflict between governments, terrorists and spooks. There is plenty of paranoia, essential to any novel of the spy genre, to keep the reader wondering who they can trust as a protagonist and who they cannot. The reader will remain engaged through [...]