Damascus Station: Unmissable New Spy Thriller From Former CIA Officer (Damascus Station, 1)

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Damascus Station: Unmissable New Spy Thriller From Former CIA Officer (Damascus Station, 1)

Damascus Station: Unmissable New Spy Thriller From Former CIA Officer (Damascus Station, 1)

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He is sent to Syria under a none official cover (noc) to assist his fellow officer Val Owens - who’s under official cover as an Officer in the US Embassy – with an exfil of her asset, a chemical scientist Marwan Ghazali. One of the best spy thrillers for years … McCloskey is a former CIA analyst who worked in the Middle East. Carrying on the traditions of LeCarre and all of the other greats the twist and turns will keep you flipping the pages and questioning your self all night! the ensuing and truly gripping cat and mouse game draws in doomed local agents, corrupt officials, moles on both sides of the divide, sadistic torturers and obsessed spy catchers in the Republican Guard.

We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. Sam Joseph is tasked with recruiting a disaffected government official, an asset in Espionage parlance. An American CIA operative is tasked with recruiting a Syrian government official to keep the the American government aware of happenings inside the intelligence services. As a Syrian Christian myself, I am utterly disappointed with how McCloskey’s world-building and cultural sensitivity stopped at a smattering of Arabic slang and stereotypes that cater to harmful perspectives held by some of his Western audience.Equally, I would have been thrilled with a rich historical fiction that made you feel and think deeply. At heart, the novel is a love story pairing Sam Joseph, one of the Agency’s top recruiters of agents in “denied areas” such as Moscow (and now Damascus), with Mariam Haddad, a senior official in the Presidential Palace. My first spy thriller with a focus on Syria, and with an ex-CIA author, you know you'll get a firsthand account on spycraft. The power of this book is that it tells this devastating story through the eyes of those who suffered and survived because of love, the human relationship, and the power of what makes life worth living. As a former CIA analyst and someone who clearly has worked in the top echelons of the US government, you'd expect that experience to inform his debut thriller.

Once in Damascus, Joseph and Head of Station, Artemis Proctor are thrust into a dangerous game as they hunt for the man responsible for the disappearance of a CIA officer in the city. I appreciated how it wasn’t too out of reach as my knowledge of the Middle East isn’t broad, making it approachable.Set in Syria in the recent past, it describes events that "could have happened that way" but of course didn't, not exactly. While at the CIA, he wrote regularly for the President’s Daily Brief, delivered classified testimony to Congressional oversight committees, and briefed senior White House officials, Ambassadors, military officials, and Arab royalty. As a former CIA officer, McCloskey gets the details right--not just the little ones about mistimed clocks on the wall at Headquarters but the big ones about trying to keep faith with people in a faithless business. For an authentic representation of what it’s like to work in intelligence, look no further than Damascus Station. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

Based on Damascus Station’s intriguing plot concept — which is very representative of the type of books I enjoy — and the advance praise it generated, I highly anticipated it to be a book I’d be recommending highly. That's true of many thrillers, but the fact the book makes a big point of being very realistic meant that those bits jarred a bit. But so maybe don't make the hero be a devastatingly handsome super-smart cool-headed killer who beds the sultry, luscious, quick-witted levantine martial-arts expert he's recruited? The denouement of Damascus Station is satisfying, especially after the phenomenal intensity of the scenes leading up to it, and one that I was so delighted to see. And, while Damascus Station provided elements of suspense and excitement, there were not enough of them and they were spaced too far apart for me view it as an attention-holding read.

An extremely effective modern espionage novel, filled with action and incident but also a profound knowledge of the people and factions of Syria, the complex maneuvers of spycraft, the gray areas, competing egos and overlapping priorities that make every day a journey through the minefield. A. from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, where he specialized in energy policy and the Middle East. For an authentic representation of what it's like to work in intelligence, look no further than Damascus Station .

This superb debut from a former CIA Analyst is one of the most striking spy novels since Mick Herron’s magnificent Slow Horses in 2010… told with exceptional flair, it identifies McCloskey as an exciting new voice in espionage. It is accepted by you that Daunt Books has no control over additional charges in relation to customs clearance. This is a well-balanced story, filled with plenty of action and intrigue, dangerous situations, and the ever-present violence that was (and still is) Syria in the 2010s. As the duo traverses the cultural and political landscapes of Paris and Damascus, the novel delves into the intricate dance between intelligence agencies and the delicate balance of power in the Middle East. But others get into the act, too, including Russian intelligence, an Israeli spy, and the jihadist rebels in Syria.

CIA man Sam Joseph is assigned to recruit an agent in Damascus and ends up falling in love with Mariam - a vividly drawn and totally believable character. One of the things I like best about the writing style is that McCloskey treats the reader with respect, not pausing to explain every acronym or idiom.



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