The Director: A Novel

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W W Norton & Company Incorporated, 2014 - Fiction - 386 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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User Review  - deldevries - LibraryThing

This is a good story with current cyber-security details, BUT the ending (last 8%?) just sputtered out. Almost as if the author / editors worked diligently on the first 90% and then rushed the ending ... Read full review

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User Review  - hairball - LibraryThing

What a bore. The author talks down to the audience a lot. The average episode of 24 assumes more domain knowledge. (The story might not have been bad without the poor execution. Also, lots of tedious description of people's clothing: Pride and Prejudice meets a supposed techno-thriller.) Read full review

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About the author (2014)

David Ignatius, best-selling author 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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