The Director: A Novel

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W. W. Norton, Incorporated, Jun 2, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents' names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.

Weber turns to a charismatic (and unstable) young man named James Morris who runs the Internet Operations Center. He's the CIA's in-house geek. Weber launches Morris on a mole hunt unlike anything in spy fiction one that takes the reader into the hacker underground of Europe and America and ends up in a landscape of paranoia and betrayal. Like the new world of cyber-espionage from which it's drawn, The Director is a maze of deception and double dealing, about a world where everything is written in zeroes and ones and nothing can be trusted. The CIA has belatedly discovered that this is not your father s Cold War, and Weber must play catch-up, against the clock and an unknown enemy, in a game he does not yet understand."

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The plot is very intriguing and well thought out. - Goodreads
A weak premise for a conspiracy in my opinion. - Goodreads
David Ignatius is a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
However, the plot of the novel was meaty and current. - Goodreads
... good characters with believeable plot line. - Goodreads
I respect Ignatius for his writing and his thinking. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Melissa Langsdon - Goodreads

Good beach read thriller but I figured out the plot twists too soon. Read full review

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User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

Solid Ignatius. It isn't Blood Money or Body of Lies. It weirdly reads a bit like a Dan Brown thriller. But it's still good reading for anyone who likes a spy novel that devotes keen attention to tradecraft and the bureaucracy of the intelligence community. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

David Ignatius, the best-selling author of Body of Lies and The Increment, among others, and prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years. He lives in Washington, DC.

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