Mit "Body of Lies" zeigt sich David Ignatius als würdiger Nachfolger von John Le Carré - der Kalte Krieg ist vorbei, nun ist der Brennpunkt der Nahe Osten. Die Handlung ist mitreißend; CIA und US-Anti-Terror-Bekämpfung im Undercover-Mäntelchen in Jordanien stehen im Mittelpunkt: Der eher unauffällige Roger Ferris kämpft sich als CIA-Agent durch einen Sumpf aus Intrigen und Gegenintrigen der unterschiedlichsten Geheimdienste vor zu den Strippenziehern Al Qaidas...
"Body of Lies" besticht durch die mitreißende Darstellung der Situation im Nahen Osten, wo es Ignatius gelingt, die komplexe Gemengelage klug und vielschichtig darzustellen. Roger Ferris steht der arabischen Welt nah, und über ihn bekommt man als Leser hervorragenden Zugang zu dieser Welt. Mir hat besonders gut gefallen, dass Ignatius den Nahen Osten nicht schwarzweiß malt, sondern jede Partei wird vielschichtig dargestellt, z.B. unterstützen Al-Qaida-nahe Organisationen den Terror, doch Ignatius zeigt auch, dass dieselben Organisationen die Not des palästinensischen Volkes lindern - wer also US-amerikanischen Hurra-Patriotismus sucht, ist bei "Body of Lies" (erfreulicherweise) an der falschen Adresse.
Die Protagonisten überzeugen allesamt, selbst wenn sie selten als dreidimensionale Charaktere beschrieben werden; Ignatius belässt die Figurenzeichnung oft nur bei wenigen Pinselstrichen, doch diese sind so gut und trefflich platziert, dass Handlung und Protagonisten im Zusammenspiel mitreißen. Nur die Liebe zwischen Alice und Roger hat mich nicht überzeugt; trotz interessanten Wendungen am Ende des Romans ist die Romanze für mich schal und flach geblieben.
Fazit: Hervorragender Thriller, aber ein Punkt Abzug wegen der unüberzeugenden Liebesgeschichte.
Excellent story about a world most people have have no clue about. It is hard to imagine that such surveillance is possible and it makes one wonder how often we ourselves inadvertently get picked up for suspicious contact or behavior when we are mere ordinary citizens going about our business; or conversely, how often time and resources are wasted on mere ordinary citizens who happen to cross into surveillance territory.
I would not compare Ignatius to Le Carre, simply because it is a different style and - for me at at least - easier to relate to Ignatius. You do have to have some sense of geography and other cultures, as well as some sense/appreciation for the Islam, for this book to become truly interesting.
This was my first reading of an Ignatius book but I am eager to read more.
David Ignatius' "Body Of Lies" is a suspenseful, fast paced, exceptionally well written novel about a secret CIA operation in the Middle East. The purpose of the operation is to bring out into the open a master terrorist known only as "Suleiman."
Mr. Ignatius, a prized winning columnist for the Washington Post, is undeniable acquainted with the methods used by the CIA and his knowledge of the Middle East is extensive which makes this book all the more fascinating and definitely worth reading.
3,0 von 5 SternenInstantly gripping, yet in the end it doesn't fully live up...
7. August 2008 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Not many novels have been able to grip me from the very first sentence like `Body of Lies'. From that first word almost I felt as though I was being compelled to turn each page and finish each chapter. The opening sequence is mapped out so beautifully, with enough detail to satisfy our curiosity yet enough mystery to keep us interested, and I am happy to say that for the most part Ignatius keeps up that pace and delivers an enjoyable, albeit forgettable, ride.
I think that is the major problem with `Body of Lies'. It is enjoyable, but when all is said and done, that's about all that can be said; it was merely enjoyable.
`Body of Lies' tells the story of CIA agent Roger Ferris, who comes equipped with Bondesque credentials and a wounded marriage. Ferris was injured in Iraq and since has been trying to capture terrorist Suleiman. His attempts are continuingly failing and placing him and the ones he loves in even more danger. That's when Ferris and his boss Ed Hoffman concoct a plan that has enough edge to really do the trick. They create a façade, a faux agent who has supposedly penetrated Suleiman's network and is supplying the CIA with information. Ferris and Hoffman both know that the threat of betrayal will undoubtedly cause Suleiman to surface, and when he does they can pounce.
There are many obstacles that Ferris must face in order to fulfill his job. He has to contend with the threats from his wife Gretchen that are a result of his asking for a divorce; threats that threaten his job and his freedom. He has to deal with the imposing opinions of Hani Salaam from Jordanian Intelligence.
And then there is Alice, Ferris' one true love and the major chink in this otherwise enjoyable chain. The problem I have with Alice is that her inclusion in the novel creates a thick layer of clichéd familiarity that I really didn't want to have to read. The ending is completely ruined because of her existence. I know that it is supposed to add some depth to Ferris and his actions, but his final actions are less than satisfying. If Ignatius had left this novel an action/thriller and not a romance novel it would have gone down a little easier, because when Ignatius leaves Alice out of the picture the novel maintains an admirable pace.
Sure, the novel is not perfect, and there are areas that could have been cleaned up, but for the most part it is entertaining and enjoyable. I was not really a fan of Ferris' character (a lot of that due to his `puppy-dog' lovelorn relationship with Alice) and actually found Hani the most interesting character in the book. His character was mysteriously intriguing and really stays with the reader long after the novel is finished.
Sadly though, not much else sticks. The novel is a fun ride, but once the ride is over there really isn't anything to remember. It's a breezy read (only took me a weekend) and Ignatius writing style (apart from his ridiculous romantic segments) is engrossing and almost effortless. It truly draws you in to each page, there is no denying that, but the end result is less than what one would expect.
5,0 von 5 SternenWatch Movie first...then the book.
29. April 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I first saw the movie, it did not impress mostly bc I had a hard time following the plot, although Leo and Russel were standout. So I then read the book and now my plot understanding is more nuanced.
The book was very well written even from a political view, with the author showing different reactions to the same situation from the US and then Middle Eastern viewpoints. So real, could have happened and/or might still be happening.
So getting ready to watch Body of Lies again, I expect a lot of this movie now that I know the story.