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eBook Siro ePub

by David Ignatius

  • ISBN: 0380718200
  • Category: Thrillers and Suspense
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: David Ignatius
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Avon Books (January 1, 1993)
  • ePub book: 1891 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1580 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 755

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The best spy novel I have read in a very long time.

The best spy novel I have read in a very long time. Writing with grace and wit, Ignatius has created a dazzling plot, memorable characters, and a wealth of cautionary intrigue that’s in a class by itself. Ross Thomas, author of The Fourth Durango. Robin W. Winks, New York Times.

David Reynolds Ignatius (born May 26, 1950) is an American journalist and novelist. He has written ten novels, including Body of Lies, which director Ridley Scott adapted into a film. He is a former adjunct lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and currently Senior Fellow to the Future of Diplomacy Program.

David Ignatius may be the finest writer of REALISTIC espionage books on the planet. If you want characters like James Bond who have extraordinarily physical and mental skills as well being pure of heart, you will not find them in an Ignatius book. He shows what I imagine to be the day to day, slow moving nature of actual espionage work.

The Quantum Spy takes us to a whole new level of intrigue and espionage. David Ignatius knows his stuff. The best spy novel I’ve read since John Le Carré’s Smiley’s Peopl. now intend to read everything that Ignatius has ever written. Philip Kerr, Washington Post.

com's David Ignatius Author Page. David Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years

com's David Ignatius Author Page. David Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years. His novels include Agents of Innocence, Body of Lies, and The Increment. He lives in Washington, DC.

Made restless by the tightening restrictions of CIA bureaucracy, agent Alan Taylor oversteps moral and legal bounds in a top-secret mission to destabilize the Soviet Union. His new recruit-the beautiful Anna Barnes, who struggles with complex feelings for Taylor-receives a deeper education than she signed up for in David Ignatius's trademark world of shifting international and domestic pressures, hidden loyalties, and secret agendas.

Город: Washington DCПодписчиков: 119 ты. себе: I am a columnist for the Washington Post. себе: I am a columnist for the Washington Post, a Harvard Kennedy School fellow and author of ten espionage thrillers.

From Library Journal. The factional strife in Lebanon feeds on rumor, deliberate lies, and half-truths, and spawns mercenaries and agents of every ideological stripe. From the best-selling author of The Director and Body of Lies comes a thrilling tale of global espionage, state-of-the-art technology, and unthinkable betrayal. A hyper-fast quantum computer is the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb; whoever possesses one will be able to shred any encryption and break any code in existence.

As the Soviet Union presses into Afghanistan, Harvard historian Anna Barnes joins a top-secret CIA project whose goal is to destabilize the edges of the Soviet Union. Reprint.

Comments

Boraston Boraston
1979 was a watershed year in world affairs:

** Islamic forces led by the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah of Iran and imprisoned 90 hostages in the US embassy in Tehran.
** At the White House, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel signed a peace treaty.
** Civil war broke out in El Salvador, and the Sandinista National Liberation Front overthrew the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua.
** Provisional IRA terrorists killed Lord Mountbatten in Ireland.
** The United States and the People's Republic of China established full diplomatic relations.
** And the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

This is the tumultuous historical setting in the background of David Ignatius' dazzling novel of espionage, Siro. It's the most intelligent spy novel I've read in many years.

When the CIA was dysfunctional

The 1970s brought little but trouble for the CIA. The legacy of Allen Dulles' long tenure at the helm of the agency was scandal. One after another, Congressional investigators brought to light the ugly reality of the nation's most visible intelligence service: Watergate, the bungled operations, the assassinations and attempted assassinations of heads of state, the intervention in domestic affairs. Directors appointed to reform the agency forced out much of the old guard, with the heaviest toll landing on the clandestine Directorate of Operations. By 1979, the few survivors of the CIA's early years considered the agency to be dysfunctional. One of those survivors is one of the three central characters in Siro.

A relic of what was best and most enduring

Edward Stone is the former chief of the Near East Division. Like others present at the founding of the agency, he had fought in the OSS during World War II. Unlike most of his peers, he was still in place three decades later. He survived on the strength of his friendships with colleagues in senior leadership positions and by keeping a low profile in an obscure position outside the agency's hierarchy. Stone laments the deplorable condition into which the CIA has fallen, with those he considers politicians and paper-pushers calling the shots and hobbling every attempt to take action. "He saw himself, in the twilight of his career, as a relic of what was best and most enduring about the America that had grown up so quickly during and after World War II—namely, the Central Intelligence Agency."

To put the agency back on the offensive against the Soviet Union, Stone undertakes a secret plan to stir up nationalist sentiment in the Islamic Soviet republics of Central Asia. He finds his agents in the disgruntled veteran officer who heads the US Consul in Istanbul and an idealistic young woman who is barely out of training as an officer. In Siro, we follow the action that unfolds in chapters that alternate among these three principal characters.

The most intelligent spy novel I've read in many years

Most popular spy novels tend to be saturated with violence. Gunfights. Car chases. And battles of wits between ruthless CIA and KGB officers. There's nothing of that in Siro. The book is an intelligent spy novel . . . an entirely believable account of the business of espionage as it must actually be conducted:

** The Agency's Director sends a memo to all supervisory staff on "Managing by Objectives," assigning 20 objectives and requiring everyone to explain how they're implementing them.
** Somebody in the Director's office becomes obsessed about gunrunning from Bulgaria into Turkey and insists all CIA personnel in the two countries actively investigate. But they all know guns are coming into Turkey through a number of other channels.
** Intelligence officers burn out, often break the rules, and forget passwords.
** And all the while the KGB runs circles around the CIA, tapping every line of communication in and out of every American property in the Soviet Union and identifying every US asset.

This is the real world, not James Bond's or Gabriel Allon's.

The Soviet republics of Central Asia were all once Turkestan

The action in Siro involves a land known to many of its present-day inhabitants as Turkestan. Turkestan is a geographical and cultural expression, not a nation-state in the modern sense of the term. Its history reaches back to the fourth century BCE, but it's most easily described as the remnants of Genghis Khan's 13th-century empire. The land stretches from the Gobi desert in the east to the shores of the Caspian Sea in the west, with Siberia to the north and Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Tibet to the south. It encompasses today's modern "Stans" and the sprawling western Chinese province of Xinjiang. The common element is that Turkic languages dominate the region. This is the site of Edward Stone's private war against the USSR.

About the author

David Ignatius is an associate editor and columnist for the Washington Post, where he has worked since 1986. He is also a familiar television commentator. The first of his 10 novels to date was published in 1987. He was educated at Harvard and Cambridge Universities.
Gajurus Gajurus
Ignatius really seems to know, to have lived the CIA roles he describes. He doesn't glorify what his characters do, in fact, often it is quite the opposite and reminds one vaguely of the grim realities described in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The hero or heroine do not always win the day, and usually there is a big price to pay. This book is no exception. In an organization with compartmentalized functions, any one player doesn't know the whole plan, and this can lead to devastating results. And therein lies much of the drama with individuals relying on the basic honesty and goodness of purpose in an environment where such qualities are inaccurate descriptors of the moral code. Siro doesn't focus on any one character for very long. There are vignettes of many characters, and the reader may often speculate on who will be pivotal, who is the "star"? And yet, I find this fascinating, how people manage to put forth their best efforts anyway, and keep coming back for more as witnessed by the closing pages of Siro. The spy game: It must really get into your blood. And, the genre has definitely gotten into mine. I can't wait for David Ignatius's next effort.
Anarus Anarus
This one has all the elements of good Ignatius novels: great atmospherics, solid characters, an authentic plotline, realistic cultural and indigenous details, informative historical background, and a sense of the operative native values. Set in 1979, the book recalls ( I think it was written 20 years ago, though apparently published last year) older depictions of the tensions and stresses within the CIA and the effects those dysfunctions have in "the field." Overall, it's a stimulating and satisfying read. Compares with some of the best of Gerald Seymour, particularly in its sensitivity for what drives individuals.
Framokay Framokay
I've read a few Ignatius novels and I'd say Siro matches up well with his previous works.

However, the story, set in 1979, is really about the CIA's "tradecraft" and less about a tension-filled story that races to a dramatic conclusion. Since I love that kind of stuff, I found it deeply satisfying, because the moral gray of the espionage world comes through lout and clear in this complex novel. But if you are looking for heart-pounding adventure, this may not work for you.

The only criticism I would offer is that the novel sometimes veers into wordiness. There are sections that slow to a craw with far too much dialogue and description. The novel could have used a slight trimming, and I think it would have been deserving of five stars if that were the case.

Once again, Ignatius provides great insight and detail about how the CIA works, to such an extent that I often wonder if he had been an operative in the past. Fans of his previous work should enjoy this Cold War era novel set primarily in Turkey and the former Soviet Union.
Vutaur Vutaur
Enjoyable reading.......gets exciting as the story moves on.....well written and well done!
As an aside, the novel is a starter course in understanding thought processes in the people of Turkey and environs,,,,,,,also, kind of difficult to believe that the KGB is so perfect in spy tradecraft, and that the CIA is so lacking in the same ....
Qus Qus
Ignatius' flow of words and story telling is beautiful. I was reminded in more than one place in the book of John Updike. Coupled with the intrigue and mystery, I'm tempted to say, LeCarre move over there is someone who will share space with you. After The Quantum Spy, I thought let's try another Ignatius; now I'm hooked. do yourself a favor, if you like espionage and spies and historical fiction latch onto Ignatius.