A MAN WITH SOMETHING TO CHANGE Graham Weber, the new director of the CIA, is tasked with revolutionising an agency in crisis Never intimidated by a challenge, Weber intends to do just that A HACKER WITH SOMETHING TO EXPOSE Weber s task greatens when a young computer genius approaches the CIA with proof their systems have been compromised There is a breach There is a mole A WOMAN WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE The agent who takes this walk in is K J Sandoval a frustrated yet ambitious base chief desperate to prove her worth to the agency and its new director Weber must move quickly And he must choose his allies carefully, if he is to succeed in identifying an enemy that is inside the gates, and out to destroy him....
|Title||:||The Director (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Quercus 29 Mai 2014|
|Number of Pages||:||383 Pages|
|File Size||:||578 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Director (English Edition) Reviews
This is the second book by Ignatius that I've read, and somehow this one just unfolded the same way as the first one. The beginning is interesting, say, the first quarter. Then come the middle half, where actually not much is really *happening*, a lot of people are running around rather clueless or without the reader understanding what their intentions are. This seems to be Ignatius' idea of suspense, I guess. After a long time of not much happening, in the last quarter, things pick up speed and then hey, some quick and not really logical ending happens, that solves the problems of the main character, but leaves so many questions open (as "why did they SUDDENLY act like that".I didn't hate the book outright, but I am ever so glad, that I only paid 0.99 cent for the Kindle edition.
Great espionage thriller, easy to read. Interesting topic centering around a "mole" in our digital era with the Snowden revelations as well as naive idealism and international power play shining through in the background.
Die CIA bekommt einen erfolgreichen Wirtschaftsboss als quereinsteigenden Director. Der wird gleich mal damit konfrontiert, dass ein Hacker aus dem feindlichen Cyberspace überlaufen will und behauptet, die CIA sei bereits von einem Hacker unterwandert. Natürlich geht danach fast alles schief, was nur schiefgehen kann, hinter jeder Geheimoperation verbirgt sich eine noch geheimere Operation, und der gute Director merkt schnell, dass er niemandem trauen kann, tut's aber dummerweise doch, der Dilettant.Die verschachtelte Handlung, die vielen Akteure, die Cyberwelt - mir hat's gefallen, aber manchmal fand ich's grenzwertig vor Komplexität. Einerseits hab ich das Buch verschlungen, andererseits hab ich eine seltsame Distanz zu den Protagonisten entwickelt; am ehesten hab ich mich noch mit James Morris anfreunden können. Der Director blieb mir immer irgendwie fremd (so wie er vielleicht der CIA fremdblieb). Am wenigsten überzeugend (wie immer bei Ignatius) sind die Frauenfiguren; mit denen kann der Autor gar nichts anfangen.Aber als Spionage-Thriller finde ich Ignatius immer noch um Meilen besser als jede Konkurrenz. Ein würdiger Nachfolger des Kalten Kriegers Le Carré. 4 Sterne.
This is usually not the type of book I read and not the type of topic I know a lot about. But I learned a lot and I came to the conclusion that the world of intelligence does not only seem to come from another planet, would be great of they returned to their mother planet.
After the unfortunate passing of my 2 favorite spy thriller writers (Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn), I stumbled upon this book. I found the book particularly intriguing since I have an interest in coding and the tech world as a hobby, and I thought that this is where the author would let me down. Surprisingly Ignatius was well researched and explained many details in the world of hacking. The book started off intriguing, halfway through the plot seemed to drag, the ending was fast paced and exciting, and the ultimate finale was lackluster.The biggest problem I have is the characters. The primary antagonist's scheme didn't seem to make much sense. Ignatius starts off by building the characters ideology on internet privacy and freedom, yet his plan was to hack the BIS? How does hacking the bank further his aims? I get that characters don't have to be logical especially when they are persuaded by attractive women, but that poses its own problem. The plan was more Ramona Kyle's than his own, and with someone with her intelligence you'd think she'd have a more rational plan. The relationship between the two was poorly developed, and would have made more sense as a romantic attachment rather than a platonic friendship. Ramona seems to disappear from the story altogether about halfway through, just to reappear in the final pages as if the author forgot she was a loose end still out there. Beasley is written as an incredibly stereotypical black man that doesn't fit at all with someone who went to prep school and rose to become head of a directorate at the CIA.***Mild Spoiler Alert*** you might want to skip the next paragraphAnd then there was the ending. Leading up to the end was a great page turner. The pace and the action really picks up. But when the story comes to a conclusion, most of the antagonists get away, and a new director of the CIA is named. The end. Its abrupt, rushed, and unsatisfying. Its almost as if someone told David Ignatius that a deadline is coming "wrap it up".***END OF SPOILERS***In the end it was a good read but not great. 3.5 stars.
For several years Ignatius has been the best author of contemporary espionage novels. This one requires close reading because of the detail involved in a novel involving digital conspiracy and treason, and different levels of national values by the principals. Thus, it may be slower reading than most thriller readers are looking for, but this is a complex novel, with carefully drawn characters, and details that produce a compelling read. This is a brilliant display of the ability of Ignatius to gather a huge amount of digital information, the complexities of national spycraft, a tight photograph of the most important characters and their interplay on an international stage. and pull all the strands together to make this an important novel as well as a fascinating one. After reading this, you will have a rather scary understanding of the politics and activities that drive our FBI, CIA, and national security apparatus. A great read and an important one. Ignatius is a superb writer. story teller, and valuable thinker. Good grief, he is good!
Very disappointed in this book. I like David Ignatius' books generally but not this one. If the action is good and the characters are interesting, I can put up with a few plot holes.The characters in the book were clichés. The action drags and the plot holes were huge.So, lets assume that there is one person in the CIA with an IQ of 300 and all the rest have an IQ of 80. Now let's assume that a tough corporate exec, who built his own very successful business, is now magically transformed into an insecure wuss. And forgot to mention that it's another conspiracy theory book (Quick question: how many people can know about a secret conspiracy until it's no longer secret?).This one seemed like the publisher needed something by next Tuesday. So that's what he got. I'll be more cautious on purchasing Ignatius books in the future.
Ignatius is an experienced Washington journalist, with an inside track on national security matters - his thinly disguised novel about inserting the Stuxnet virus into Iran's nuclear establishment has an amazing level of inside detail. Here again, its on display - he really does know what you see looking out the window of the CIA Director's office.Less believable is the main character, a Silicon Valley Billionaire who has to have computer hacking explained to him at almost every turn. Thinner still is the idea a "rogue" CIA agent can spent over $18 million in agency money in one week (approved by accounting no less) and nobody notices, remarks on it, or wonders, "gee where did all that go..."This believability is the problem with the set up too - a Friday walk-in hacker in Hamburg offers to spill the beans to the CIA on some global conspiracy, but is shown the door by a not too successful mid-level pencil pusher. In theory this guy will return Monday with all the dope. RightAmazingly the guy who goes off to interview him at his Monday return, gee he gets the blame for the predictable end, and maybe should get fired too...for??? Someone else's screw-up? And this is the central premise of the book???Well after that at least it gets going - and it is nice to know that while the CIA guy gets an Escalade, his boss gets a Navigator - status doth prevail. Its also nice to know everyone here is a weasel, ready to dump anything for their "job." I mean, can a civil service income mean that much---to a Silicon Valley billionaire -- to an MIT PhD in charge of the CIA hacking division--to "guards" who kidnap and imprison the CIA guy, incommunicado, for a WEEK. He must not get many calls he needs to return.Then of course there is the matter of the CIA being a plot by the English to control the universe, and over the objections of the US, runs its banks as well through the ultra-obscure Bank for international Settlements in Basel--oooh it had Nazi gold, once, 60 years ago, and ooohhh, its super secret, although housed in a 14 story ziggurat across the street from the Hilton. Plus there is a super high level traitor in the Gov who is in league with the Russians - but NOBODY KNOWS!!!There is a point where you have a simple little cupcake, frost it, cover it with sprinkles, and then add a creme center, and a cherry on top, and dust it with coconut flakes, throw on some gold foil, and...too much for a poor cupcake to handle.One of these plot lines would have made an entertaining novel, many people before have made a meal out of unseen conniving at the BIS, it used to be a specialty of Paul Erdman, for example.Plus we're skipping the weird sexual tweaks several minor characters indulge, and gosh, even more insider secret poop from John Foster Dulles' SISTER, and commentary on three or four or more Phillip Glass operas.Save this for the one cent sale, and read it on a long plane ride.