Body of Lies by David Ignatius Online

Body of Lies
Title : Body of Lies
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ISBN : 9780393331585
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352

CIA soldier Roger Ferris 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 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 impossiblCIA soldier Roger Ferris 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 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. 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. But can Ferris trust him?

Body of Lies Reviews

  • Dante

    There's nothing like an intelligent, well thought out spy novel with believable characters and credible situations. If that's your kind of novel, KEEP LOOKING! This was horrible! Indigestible and inexcusable.It's inexcusable when an author has supposedly smart people do stupid things. But it gets even worse here. Suspicious people accept information without question. Secretive people talk to other people about their secrets. A hardened terrorist yields to the pressure of being bored in prison to [...]

  • Toni Osborne

    This novel is one well crafted post 9/11 spy thriller with a highly elaborate plot. The story starts when CIA agent Roger Ferris is sent on a mission to flush out a terrorist known as Suleiman. In order to forestall further Al-Qaeda attacks he develops an intricate scheme to pit the terrorists against each other by sowing seeds of suspicion that their leaders are collaborating with the Americans. Unable to succeed alone, he requires the full support of his boss Ed Hoffman and with the help of Ha [...]

  • Emma

    I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed hearing about Ferris' time in Jordan. I felt like the best scenes were between Ferris and the Jordanian spy, Hani, and I also enjoyed the interplay between Roger and his boss Ed Hoffman. These three characters were interesting and compelling to watch, although all of them were a little two diamensional.Where the book really fell down was introducing a love story between Ferris and an aid worker, Alice. He seems to fall in [...]

  • Apatricia

    3,5Este livro foi uma leitura tão agradável adoro este tipo de livros especialmente com um final feliz! No entanto pareceu-me que alguns pontos não estavam bem assentes por isso as 3,50*

  • Steven

    Well-paced, but as with almost all such stories, it suffers from being a bit juvenile in its characterizations (over-simplifying people and their motives) and a bit formulaic in its construction. However, based on the reporter's background, it is definitely well-researched and quite a plausible plot. The technical (writing and spycraft) aspects of the novel are its strongest cards, much like the better Tom Clancy books (pre-Op Center drivel). I had already seen the film before picking up the boo [...]

  • Jak60

    I liked this book a lot; and there are a lot of things I liked in it: above all, the story is totally gripping, I could not put the book down, the last 50 pages are breathtaking! The plot is constructed as a masterpiece of espionage fiction: double games which become triple, quadruple.unbelievable!I also liked the overall intellectual honesty I found in the novel, the non-western centric view of things in Middle East, the brutally honest portrait of the CIA for what it actually is - a gigantic m [...]

  • Luckngrace

    I learned sooo much from this book. It helped me understand more about the thoughts and principles of Arab Muslims. I learned that America shoots herself in the foot in Arabia because we deal as arrogant interlopers. Yes, we've got the power, the money and the weapons, but it's their home.Body of Lies was full of adventure and spy story sizzle. It would make a great movie (starring Bruce Willis, if I got to choose). There were surprises at every turn and took me on a thrilling ride all the way t [...]

  • Sandi

    Not up to the usual standards of this author's work. Only one character was interesting and smart and he had too small of a role. While the plot could have been fairly interesting, if the characters had not continuously done stupid things to propel it along, there was entirely too much focus on the MC's romances and the female characters were pretty laughable stereotypes. Listened to the audio which was read by Dick Hill who does male characters fine but his female characters and the love scenes [...]

  • Katharine Hagerty

    Great read. David Ignatius keeps the story and suspense moving along while still developing the characters into human beings that I wanted to get to know better as the story evolved.

  • Isi

    Watched the movie and found it ok, and I tend to enjoy Ignatius's column, so I gave it a try. Have to say i was a bit disappointed - the liberal, Bush-loathing politics (that I agree with) are just put on too thick, and the book can never quite decide whether it wants to be a page-turner or a liberal manifesto on US politics in the Middle East. I also found it questionable in an overtly political novel to lionize the fictional head of the Jordanian intelligence service as a suave, non-violent su [...]

  • Bea

    The title of this book refers to a corpse that is dressed and made to appear to be an imaginary CIA officer with all the background paperwork to support that fiction. This corpse is depositied in a foreign country to sell the fiction to terrorist organization that this CIA officer hs penetrated their organization. A trojan horse scenario.Roger Ferris is a CIA soldier who creates this plot to try to penetrate Suleiman's organization. The problem is no one knows Suleiman. Roger works with George S [...]

  • Dave

    The movie was pretty good - one of the best spy films I've seen lately. The book was better in some ways and worse in others for me. Ignatius definitely knows his stuff, and you have no trouble visualizing the places he's talking about - he clearly knows them well. Likewise, he seems to have a decent hold on the modern business of espionag e. All that stuff is good, but the love story in the book is just not compelling for me - the girl, Alice, is a little too plainly allegorical for the "just-s [...]

  • Dick Gullickson

    You can tell that David Ignatius is an editorial writer for the Washington Post by his skillful weaving of international events and terrorist threats into his very plausible and fast moving stories. This excellent account of CIA counter-terrorist operations against Al Qaeda in Jordan has the ring of truth from a man who knows. Roger Ferris is an Arabic speaking new CIA operative and Iraq veteran. He learns that the Jordanian intelligence service understands counter terrorism measures in the Midd [...]

  • Tharen

    I enjoy reading David Ignatius' columns for the Washington Post, so when I spotted this in a used book store last summer in Maine thought it was worth checking out. Set in 2007, it involves a CIA officer, wounded in Iraq and serving in Jordan, who comes up with a way to lure out an Al Qaida mastermind who is responsible for several car bombings in Europe. Along the way he has marital and romance complications, and seriously doubts some of what he is doing. It was exciting and I enjoyed some of t [...]

  • Shar

    i started this expecting it to be overwrought with jargon and terminology that would render it impossible to follow if you're not 1000% well versed in every detail of current events. luckily that wasn't the case and i found it very easy to follow, mostly thanks to it being very well paced. however i found a lot of the characterizations to be pretty shallow and i was not as invested in the characters or their relationships as i may have been had that been different, so the lack of believability i [...]

  • Dan Bartholomew

    I had read another of this author's books (The Increment) which was excellent. So, I had great hopes for this onebut in the end it's politics got in the way for me. I enjoy this genre most when the authors stick to developing plot, characters, and give insight to culture and tradecraft. When I sense an agenda at play, they've lost me. This is one of the reasons I tend not to be interested in the likes of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Also, I had seen the movie already and couldn't get Leo Decaprio [...]


    When it comes to spy novels, David Ignatius is one of the best. His knowledge of his subject makes his stories ring true, including this one involving an attempt to draw out an Al Khaida mastermind who is wreaking havoc. As with most Ignatius novels, this one has unexpected twists and turns leaving a reader fully satisfied at journey's end.This really deserves a 3 1/2 star rating, but have not mastered the 1/2/ star designation.

  • Alan Brehm

    I saw the recent movie, and in comparison, the story in the book works much better. I like the way Ignatius spins the web of his spy novels, with generous helpings of the background knowledge of the Middle East from his time as a correspondent there, along with interesting plot twists. Even though I saw the movie, the story in the book is different enough that the development was surprising at times. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • John Treanor

    Excellent book. Ignatius really knows his stuff. Paints the CIA in a seemingly more realistic light, as a bureaucratic nightmare filled with careerist losers, much closer to how it's depicted in the other book that I'm currently reading (A Legacy of Ashes, The History of the CIA). I've seen the movie twice, and enjoyed it, but the book was better (of course).

  • Tawseef Khan

    This isn't your usual run-of-the-mill spy novel where the noble American hero conquers all and the incompetent and lazy Arabs simply roll over and die. I found this book to be an intelligent deviation from the usual stereotypes. A refreshing read.

  • Haider Hussain

    An intricately woven scheme to deceive a deadly terrorist and lure him to come out in the open. But who is actually being outwitted? Who is running who? Is tech-intelligence greater than human espionage? David Ignatius strikes another home run with this one!

  • Pete

    This is a interesting enough novel but the plot is a bit too predictable at times. I haven't yet read "The Man Who Never Was" but I suspect the non fiction account of Operation Mincemeat has this novel beat.

  • Kaisu

    Ein Buch, das nicht mit großer Action, sondern eher mit unterschwelliger Spannung und Kriegführung daherkommt.

  • Julie

    Yay! An Ignatius book with a happy ending! I thought this one was terrific. Great plot. Thought I had guessed what was going to happen, only to be surprised by the turn of events.

  • Patrick

    Destined to be a spy novel classic. You should also read Ignatius' 'Bloodmoney.'

  • Tyler

    Awesome! But there are some things that are against my religion

  • Brian

    Not sure why authors always feel the need to include lewd material. It never adds anything to the book. If not for that it would have gotten 4 stars.

  • Alex

    Excellent book! Liked it as much as movie even that movie doesn't correspond 100% to the book. Recommend to everyone who likes spy thrillers and especially Middle East.

  • Jorge

    I have mixed feelings on this one. Inasmuch as I liked the movie, I was interested in the novel in order to have a deeper understanding of the characters and further details on the story but alas, this is one of those few exceptions where the movie is better than the book. *** This paragraph contains a little bit of spoilers ****The novel has a promising and much more elaborated plot than the one in the movie (obviously) but unfortunately ends up as a kind of corny story where all the geopolitic [...]

  • Jon McClintock

    More lies than one can count. I enjoyed this, and I rate Ignatius as one of the best in his genre. But the characters in this particular work were a bit off, almost as much as their dialogue. Ferris' declining marriage was oddly interjected, and then as off-true as his unlikely romance with an aid worker. Head-over-heels loss of common sense ensues. Seriously, a trusted and effective agent of some merit involved in such cataclysmic relationships? At what point did he leave his senses?The plot is [...]