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Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage

Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage [Kindle Edition]

David Ignatius
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In addition to being a solid page-turner, [Bloodmoney] offers intriguing characters, a complicated but skillfully explicated plot and a nuanced view of Pashtun tribal culture often at odds with the larger Punjabi population. And as with all of Ignatius fiction, readers attuned to current events may wonder if he knows things most Americans don t.


“You emerge from its pages as if from a top-level security briefing—confident that you have been let in on the deepest secrets.”—Washington Post

Someone in Pakistan is killing the members of a new CIA unit trying to buy peace with America’s enemies. It falls to Sophie Marx, a young officer with a big chip on her shoulder, to figure out who’s doing the killing and why. Unfortunately for Sophie, nothing is quite what it seems. This is a theater of violence and revenge, in which the last act is one that Sophie could not have imagined.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 588 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company; Auflage: Reprint (11. Juni 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0052FYPWC
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Brisanter Spionagethriller 11. Oktober 2013
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"Bloodmoney" überzeugt mit seiner Story - ein Undercover-Offspin der CIA nutzt Hedgefonds und Finanzmärkte, um mit Geld den Frieden im Nahen Osten zu erkaufen. Nur in Pakistan beißt der Geldregen auf Granit, und der Tod eines Londoner Hedgefondsmanagers dort bringt das ganze Konstrukt zum Wanken: Gibt es etwa einen Maulwurf in der CIA?

Die Story hat mir sehr gefallen; was mir weniger gefallen hat, war die Erzählweise. Zum Teil schien mir der Text etwas runtergehudelt. Nicht überzeugt hat mich (wie schon früher bei Ignatius) das Zwischenmenschliche, so die angedeutete Liaison zwischen Sophie und Perkins, der eingangs eher als Autist geschildert wird. Ebenso habe ich mich rückblickend vom Eröffnungskapitel in eine falsche Denkrichtung geschoben gefühlt, und al-Wazir ist für mich am Ende in seiner Motivation nicht mehr nachvollziehbar gewesen. Ob der Autor hier zuviel wollte? Dafür haben mir General Malik und Cyril Hoffman gefallen.

4 Sterne dafür, dass Ignatius wieder mal den Konflikt zwischen den USA und dem Nahen Osten so schön bespielt.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lying is the Job 2. Juni 2011
Von wogan - Veröffentlicht auf
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David Ignatius has written another political thriller/mystery. It is filled with the cynicism of someone familiar with the current situation of international politics and the espionage community...all intelligence communities lie, it is their job. We can also see the touch of history in here, the same conflicts happening today as yesterday, the same thing that happened to the British is occurring today in their once occupied countries. Ignatius is also an astute observer of human and national nature.

Two matters stand out in this novel, looking through the eyes of the enemy and why he is motivated to act as he does. A brilliant mathematician/computer scientist/professor, "pondered how he might make these assassins feel the same fear that the people of his valley had felt for all these years," after seeing his whole family destroyed by an American drone. There is a bit of sympathy for this person, but he is still presented as a criminal. The other matter is the constant need for subterfuge, the lies of espionage and intelligence communities even within their own ranks, the problems and the necessities to get their job done.

The mystery to be solved is: Where is the leak that is getting agents killed? How do they know where and when these undercover operatives are going to be? This is a political thriller, a mystery that perhaps delves deeper into the seas of the espionage world than they would enjoy.
Where Ignatius shines of course is in describing the actions and methods of the news media. Ignatius, has researched his subject thoroughly, even traveling into these dangerous regions. It is an interesting twist to get inside the head of someone who wishes to kill your countrymen; but even more than that is the fact that the reader can picture and feel and know and empathize with all of the main characters. It is a well written novel that will pull you into its' world.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More Than A "Novel About Espionage" 9. Juni 2011
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4.5 Stars: This book works because the spy thriller part -- Sophie Marx is tasked with finding out how someone uncovered the identities of the US' most secret agents -- is just fictional enough that it keeps Bloodmoney from reading like a polemic or another history of the War on Terrorism. Meanwhile, the backdrop for the story is painted with so much detail that the reader actually ends up learning quite a bit about Pakistan and the ongoing War on Terrorism. The book raises important questions about vengeance, cultural understanding, and ending wars, but the author features all viewpoints (terrorist and terrorist hunter alike) so the reader never feels lectured at or bullied.

Regardless of whether the secret, high-tech CIA spinoff part is based on reality, this book shines a light on current events in Southern Asia. Ignatius stood in the shoes of each of the characters instead of having it just be Sophie Marx's narrative. She drives the story in that it's her job to uncover the truth, but the world of Bloodmoney is so messy there really are no clear-cut heroes and heroines. As a result, the reader sees the post-9/11 world from a variety of perspectives: the predator drone survivor, the boy from Waziristan who grew up watching the Americans arm the Taliban, the Western-educated Pakistani general, the warrior whose culture is steeped in vengeance, the old guard CIA, the change agent of a new administration, the foot soldiers operating without a big picture view, the civilian called on to help his country, etc.

The book spans the globe, from the San Fernando Valley to London to Waziristan, and Ignatius describes each setting in vivid detail. The descriptions of places I've been were quite accurate and I was able to clearly see the places I haven't been. Ignatius also incorporates proverbs from various cultures. The sayings in Pashto, Punjabi, Urdu, etc add to the depth and cultural authenticity of the story and are a good way to remind the reader that Pakistan is more than the simplistic description you hear on the news.

I appreciate the author's nuanced approach. Religious extremists, evil empires, and Al Qaeda only have bit parts, which is refreshing. In fact, the man responsible for killing American agents is rarely called a terrorist. The reader gets well-developed characters instead of labels. Additionally, this book never felt too political even though it's steeped in current events.

Minor quibble: I thought this was oddly edited. Unnecessary definitions got in the way of the story ("a flash drive is a portable data-storage device that could be plugged into the USB port of any computer") but an entire paragraph in French was left untranslated. Weird.

Bottom line: What better way to stay on top of world affairs than through a well-written and engaging spy thriller?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Dark and Intense Thriller 7. Juni 2011
Von B Larking - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is an intense espionage thriller by a veteran (writer, not military) who knows his stuff. It takes the common American interpretation of what's going on in Pakistan (a la the Osama bin Laden killing) and turns it completely on its head. Following Omar al-Wazir, whose whole family gets obliterated by a Predator drone attack. But it's not a simpleton's lashing out against the big bad mean Americans because the counterpart to the Pakistani rage of injustice is the rogue CIA unit that operates in revenge of the horrific attacks on America.

Ignatius paints a crazy, depressing picture of the situation over in the Middle East that will be fixed in no quick manner. The most superficial question here is whether it is moral to use remote-control drones to take out military targets. Is it a cleaner, less bloody solution? It certainly takes away some of the moral heft of the decision away from the actors, who are no longer participating in the war zone, but instead are up to 10,000 miles away.

Along the lines of sophisticated intelligence fiction like Tom Clancy's work and even a touch of the fascinating political intrigue of the excellent Gods of Ruin: A Political Thriller, BloodMoney will be a great addition to your reading list.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Kinda anemic - 3+ 13. Juli 2011
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From a writer who should know his subject, here's a book with an interesting and mind-grabbing premise--U.S. drone attacks against the honor/vengeance-driven Pashtun tribesmen of Pakistan will inevitably provoke very serious acts of retribution which continue until personal honor is satisfied. As you read the headlines over the past year (and as recently as yesterday), you can see the probability of a long-running feud with these folks brewing. And so "Bloodmoney" opens with such a strike which hits a family compound in Waziristan, taking out the entire family of a Pakistani scientist who up till that moment has been actively assisting the CIA in its operations against al-Quaeda and the Taliban. An implacable enemy of the U.S. (or at least the CIA) is born on the spot, and within months American operatives begin to fall like dead leaves.

"Bloodmoney" is also a tale of a secret intelligence splinter group that operates with the faintest of mandates from the oval office to stop terrorist groups by paying them off with big bags of cash, but without direction from Mother CIA. It is this group that begins to lose personnel at the hands of the revenge-seeking Pakistani. The rest of the book is about tracking the angry scientist and stopping his warpath to honor.

The book gets off to a good start and has pretty good "bones". But overall, it leans too far in the direction of fantasy for my taste. The characters seemed too often one-dimensional, the dialogue implausible and artificial, and the conclusion muddled and just not fully credible. Under the category of "really annoying"--the first half of the book is overburdened with pithy Pashtun tribal sayings--seemingly one every other page. This device is abandoned almost completely further into the book. Whether you think the local expressions are appropriate in the first place, their relative absence late in the story seems weird. Finally, details--mostly about people--are repeated almost verbatim several times. The repetition isn't necessary and seems out of place. Where was the editor here?

In any event, because the author is a much respected reporter of international events, the reader plunges ahead with this book, hoping it will get more substantive and logical. Unfortunately, it doesn't, and even with the promising start and some decent moments along the way, the ending is a pretty big let down. Sorry to be so critical about this one, but that's my honest assessment.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not up to his earliest books 22. September 2011
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As with so many such writers--Forsyth; Clancy; Berenson; Coonts-- his work has gone downhill. Perhaps the early books receive more polishing and editing and the later ones are rushed out to garner sales.

The characters are paper-thin; the plot is largely implausible--especially the climax; and the writing has a just going through the motions quality. The comments about Pakistani politics and culture are no different from his earlier works and those of other authors.
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