Jack in the Box: A Shadow War Thriller

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HarperCollins, May 25, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 322 pages
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In the highest reaches of the United States government, someone is betraying America's secrets.

Former CIA Moscow station chief Sam Waterman is drawn into an astonishing maze of deception when he is called on to debrief the legendary traitor Edward Lee Howard. The only CIA officer ever to defect to the KGB, Howard has decided to come home and come clean. Or has he? He makes the stunning allegation that American intelligence, distracted by the war on terror, has been penetrated by high-level moles. If true, the government and the intelligence community would be thrown into chaos. But before Waterman can verify any of it, Howard is found murdered.

Desperate, Waterman scours his old haunts in Moscow, Paris, and Washington, D.C. As he delves deeper and begins to unravel a mind-bending conspiracy, his old friends -- and old enemies -- turn up dead. Through it all he begins to realize that the new CIA is nothing like the old, that truth is relative, and honor has become an afterthought.

Filled with cutting-edge tradecraft and based on actual CIA operations, Jack in the Box goes deep inside the American intelligence community as few novels ever have.

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Jack in the Box : A Shadow War Thriller (Shadow War Thriller)

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While there is nothing nostalgic about this spy thriller, it hearkens back to the best of the Cold War's covert special operations and will keep readers on the edge of their easy chairs. Coauthor of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe White - Goodreads

Filled with espionage trade craft detail of operatives on foreign soil. It's difficult to distinguish facts from fantasy, but this feels like a very solid believable action oriented novel, with ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Seven-time New York Times bestselling author John Weisman is one of a select company of authors to have their books on both the Times nonfiction and fiction bestseller lists. He pioneered coverage of Naval Special Warfare when he co-authored the number one New York Times bestseller Rogue Warrior, the story of Richard Marcinko and the creation of SEAL Team 6, and then conceived, created, developed, and wrote eight bestselling Rogue fictional sequels. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Seymour Hersh praised his 2004 novel Jack in the Box as "the insider's insider spy novel." Weisman's CIA short stories were chosen for inclusion in Best American Mystery Stories in 1997 and 2003. His most recent CIA short fiction appears in Agents of Treachery. He reviews books on intelligence and military affairs for the Washington Times, and his analysis has appeared in AFIO's periodical Intelligencer. John Weisman lives sin the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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