After being told that his agency has been hacked, the director of the CIA launches a hunt into the hacker underground of Europe and America. - (Baker & Taylor)
After being told that his agency has been hacked, the director of the CIA launches a hunt into the hacker underground of Europe and America in this new thriller from the author of Body of Lies. 50,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)
In David Ignatius's gripping new novel, spies don't bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly. - (WW Norton)
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. - (WW Norton)
*Starred Review* Ignatius is now far better known for his novels (including Bloodmoney, 2011) than for his decades of insightful commentary on foreign affairs and the CIA. But his reporting and commentary, as well as his contacts at Foggy Bottom and Langley, always inform his fiction. This time his subject is the CIA and evidence that Agency computers have been hacked. It falls to a CIA director only a week into his tenure to deal with the crisis. Graham Weber has been hired to shake up an institution that has become sclerotic and is still reeling from WikiLeaks and Snowden's revelations. To confront both crises, Weber turns to the Agency's top computer savant, who is a former world-class hacker, while he confronts the myriad intrigues and intransigences inside the CIA and the vast national intelligence network. Ignatius is on new ground here. The hacker culture and ethos is an insular world, but he does a fine job in portraying it through the rollicking sketch of Def Con, the annual hacker convention that is a prime intel recruitment site. He's similarly successful with Morris, the CIA computer savant: Morris is überbrilliant, a bit kinky, and spectacularly devious. Ignatius even effectively outlines a plausible hack that rocks the entire world economy. He's given readers another compelling and enlightening look at what might happen next month. Must-read twenty-first-century espionage fiction. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
What does the fusty Bank of International Settlements have in common with the shadowy CIA? Ignatius, a venerated writer of espionage thrillers (Agents of Innocence) and columnist for the Washington Post, digs deep into the histories of these institutions to trace major parallels that fuel his engrossing tale. A new CIA director with proven business chops blows into town to clear the agency of its toxic reputation. His first ally is a sharp, in-house hacker and his first enemy is the hoary head of the National Intelligence office. When a Swiss hacker warns the Hamburg base chief that a major agency takedown is in the works, the boy ends up dead. Even though the players are craftily tracking one another, no one in the cyberworld is sure how to add up the patterns in the coded data. Trust and risk are in short supply but essential to take even a first step in uncovering the deceptions. Jammed into just a few days of action, the intricate plot advances at light speed as outsized characters launch their counterconspiracies. VERDICT While Ignatius's earlier works are more compelling in their geopolitical impact, this thriller engages the reader deeply in the arcana of cyber tradecraft. The author steers clear of geeky overload because his strong writing and plotting carry most of the weight.—Barbara Conaty, Falls Church, VA
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Library Journal Reviews
The longtime columnist for the Washington Post wrings suspense from the growing threat of cyberespionage with this tale of a reform-minded CIA director who learns that the agency has been hacked. It isn't long before he begins to suspect the computing whiz kid he hired to fight the hack, who may be running a nefarious cyberoperation of his own. (LJ 4/15/14)
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