The Director: A Novel
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In David Ignatius's gripping new novel, spies don't bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly.
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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Oh, dear. Is David Ignatius too busy in these busy times at the Washington Post to bother to write a decent novel anymore? This was so so so disappointing -- predictable from beginning to end, very juvenile in plot and character development. Tens of themes wordily opened and dropped. Who cares about the troubles of the boarding school sons of the divorced father, the CIA general counsel's hair, and how many times we hear that the new generation of geek employees at the CIA get to wear t-shirts to work -- unless that is important to the plot? Such weird diversions (and more of them) get 5% (each) of text and 0% of consequence in the plot. Very disappointing.
Timely novel illuminating cyberintelligence
By using themes freshly obtained from our current lives and the war for dominance of the digital flow of information, and weaving it into a tightly wound novel of suspend, The Director should be required reading. While all is fiction, according to the author, none of the information about the lack of privacy in the post-9/11 world is untrue. Read it now, and the world will never appear the same!