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The Black Widow

Author : Daniel Silva
ISBN : 9781460702581
Genre : Fiction
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No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller - one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind. A network of terror. A web of deceit. A deadly game of vengeance. Legendary spy and art restorer Gabriel Allon is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again. They call him Saladin … He is a terrorist mastermind whose ambition is as grandiose as his nom de guerre, a man so elusive that even his nationality is not known. Shielded by sophisticated encryption software, his network communicates in total secrecy, leaving the West blind to his planning-and leaving Gabriel no choice but to insert an agent into the most dangerous terrorist group the world has ever known. Natalie Mizrahi is an extraordinary young doctor as brave as she is beautiful. At Gabriel's behest, she will pose as an ISIS recruit in waiting, a ticking time bomb, a black widow out for blood. Her perilous mission will take her from the restive suburbs of Paris to the island of Santorini and the brutal world of the Islamic State's new caliphate, and eventually to Washington, D.C., where the ruthless Saladin is plotting an apocalyptic night of terror that will alter the course of history. The Black Widow is a riveting thriller of shocking prescience. But it is also a thoughtful journey into the new heart of darkness that will haunt readers long after they have turned the final page. 'Literate, top-notch action' Kirkus Reviews 'Forget James Bond - Gabriel Allon is the killer you'd want on your side' Australian Women's Weekly 'Allon is a great political operative, but Silva is an even greater writer' Huffington Post

Black Widow Spy Der

Author : Friedrich O. Georg
ISBN : 9781456758554
Genre : Fiction
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When writing a historical novel which reaches into the future, it is important to select a setting the reader can associate with and achieves a sense of reality. Now, is it possible for the United States of America following in the steps of decline as seen by other great Nations? One can ask how it could possibly happen here as well. Could a case be made even in our own history that the steps toward grandeur or decline are never far apart in reality? Pessimists express the fear we are in the final stages of the ‘American Century’ and we may be close to such a self inflicted end – if it came, it would have to be self inflicted. Much of our American history is the extended history of western civilizations. Yes, we can imagine ancient grandeurs of the Chinese Dynasties, India, Japan, Central America, Egypt or even some mystical societies in the deepest of Africa, yet our current cultural world was formed in little more than the past two thousand years. The most dramatic ones were roughly the last two hundred years. Once power shifted from Greece and the Roman Empire, World history was driven by Western Europe and the spread of Christianity. During the dark ages Islam emerged and reached its zenith during the Middle Ages, only to regress back to what many claim its founding ages. Islam must receive credit for much of the Greek and Indian derived knowledge it preserved for posterity, but we must also recognize it failed to build on this knowledge and it destroyed much of what it could not assimilate. Much bloody conquest was also undertaken in the name of Christianity and shall always be a reminder of where we have been. For roughly three centuries Europe suffered through untold hardships of Nationality driven wars and collectively committed unspeakable human disasters. Slavery existed through most of the recorded history and was ended in western societies less than two hundred years ago, while in some regions of the world it seems to be an accepted practice still even today. While in the earlier history of Nation or Tribal formation wars were total and aimed to destroy an adversary and taking survivors into bondage, the inhumanity of ‘man toward man’ reached their lowest points during the past century with the deliberate destruction of untold human beings. The Soviet Union’s revolution and the deliberate mass starvation of the Ukraine and the multi-million killings in Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China stand out. Yet the bottom was reached in cold blooded mass exterminations in Germany of Germans with a different Faith and this happened but years after Germany was perceived to be the most civilized of Nations. Yet during these three centuries of European strive, Western Europeans pioneers were the first to permanently colonize the North American Continent. In the drive toward establishing permanent settlements, the actions toward natives and the importation of the enslaved followed along the pattern established in the ‘Old World’, but in the time during this strive the concept of equality and freedom arose. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights ushered in a ‘New World’ of Freedom unknown before. The achievement of these ideals was not instantaneously but evolved over time and in the face of often strenuous opposition. During now it’s well over two hundred year existence this great democracy was the beacon to untold millions rushing to its shore to build new lives in freedom and toward prosperity, while at times some also came to destroy this very same concept. This Nation demonstrated its stability through wars, famine, disasters, internal strife and direct terrorist attacks of unspeakable magnitude, but in its democratic principles never wavered. With no reasonable external thread that would cede the survivability of the adversary, is the vision bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers strong enough to handle internal strives as well to ensure survival of their vision? This Nation was born in Revolution, survived its Civil War, the Great Depression, the 9/11 Terror attack, but could it lose its Freedom in a silent revolution through the overthrow of its elected Government? The danger is never far away and could come from least expected corners; as we shall read.

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

Author : Karen Abbott
ISBN : 0062092898
Genre : History
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An Amazon Best Book of 2014 A Library Journal Best Book of 2014 A Christian Science Monitor Best Book of 2014 Belle Boyd Emma Edmonds Rose O'Neal Greenhow Elizabeth Van Lew In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, bestselling author Karen Abbott tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything—their homes, their families, and their very lives—during the Civil War. Seventeen-year-old Belle Boyd, an avowed rebel with a dangerous temper, shot a Union soldier in her home and became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her considerable charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man to enlist as a Union private named Frank Thompson, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the war and infiltrating enemy lines, all the while fearing that her past would catch up with her. The beautiful widow Rose O'Neal Greenhow engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians, used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals, and sailed abroad to lobby for the Confederacy, a journey that cost her more than she ever imagined. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring—even placing a former slave inside the Confederate White House—right under the noses of increasingly suspicious rebel detectives. Abbott's pulse-quickening narrative weaves the adventures of these four forgotten daredevils into the tumultuous landscape of a broken America, evoking a secret world that will surprise even the most avid enthusiasts of Civil War–era history. With a cast of real-life characters, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, Detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoléon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy shines a dramatic new light on these daring—and, until now, unsung—heroines.

The English Spy

Author : Daniel Silva
ISBN : 9780007552320
Genre : Fiction
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No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another stunning thriller in his latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue featuring the inimitable Gabriel Allon.

The Good Spy

Author : Kai Bird
ISBN : 9780307889775
Genre : Political Science
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The Good Spy is Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird’s compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history – a man who, had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West. On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East – CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values – never more notably than with Yasir Arafat’s charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka “The Red Prince”). Ames’ deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America’s relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust. Bird, who as a child lived in the Beirut Embassy and knew Ames as a neighbor when he was twelve years old, spent years researching The Good Spy. Not only does the book draw on hours of interviews with Ames’ widow, and quotes from hundreds of Ames’ private letters, it’s woven from interviews with scores of current and former American, Israeli, and Palestinian intelligence officers as well as other players in the Middle East “Great Game.” What emerges is a masterpiece-level narrative of the making of a CIA officer, a uniquely insightful history of twentieth-century conflict in the Middle East, and an absorbing hour-by-hour account of the Beirut Embassy bombing. Even more impressive, Bird draws on his reporter’s skills to deliver a full dossier on the bombers and expose the shocking truth of where the attack’s mastermind resides today.

Good Hunting

Author : Jack Devine
ISBN : 9781429944175
Genre : Political Science
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"A sophisticated, deeply informed account of real life in the real CIA that adds immeasurably to the public understanding of the espionage culture—the good and the bad." —Bob Woodward Jack Devine ran Charlie Wilson's War in Afghanistan. It was the largest covert action of the Cold War, and it was Devine who put the brand-new Stinger missile into the hands of the mujahideen during their war with the Soviets, paving the way to a decisive victory against the Russians. He also pushed the CIA's effort to run down the narcotics trafficker Pablo Escobar in Colombia. He tried to warn the director of central intelligence, George Tenet, that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. He was in Chile when Allende fell, and he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it. And he tangled with Rick Ames, the KGB spy inside the CIA, and hunted Robert Hanssen, the mole in the FBI. Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story is the spellbinding memoir of Devine's time in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served for more than thirty years, rising to become the acting deputy director of operations, responsible for all of the CIA's spying operations. This is a story of intrigue and high-stakes maneuvering, all the more gripping when the fate of our geopolitical order hangs in the balance. But this book also sounds a warning to our nation's decision makers: covert operations, not costly and devastating full-scale interventions, are the best safeguard of America's interests worldwide. Part memoir, part historical redress, Good Hunting debunks outright some of the myths surrounding the Agency and cautions against its misuses. Beneath the exotic allure—living abroad with his wife and six children, running operations in seven countries, and serving successive presidents from Nixon to Clinton—this is a realist, gimlet-eyed account of the Agency. Now, as Devine sees it, the CIA is trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military, and, most ominous of all, is becoming overly weighted toward paramilitary operations after a decade of war. Its capacity to do what it does best—spying and covert action—has been seriously degraded. Good Hunting sheds light on some of the CIA's deepest secrets and spans an illustrious tenure—and never before has an acting deputy director of operations come forth with such an account. With the historical acumen of Steve Coll's Ghost Wars and gripping scenarios that evoke the novels of John le Carré even as they hew closely to the facts on the ground, Devine offers a master class in spycraft.

The Widow

Author : Carla Neggers
ISBN : 1426809417
Genre : Fiction
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Four days after Abigail Browning's wedding, her life changed unimaginably: her husband was fatally shot along the rocky Mount Desert Island coast. Was it a random act of violence, or could someone have wanted Christopher dead? That's the question that has haunted Abigail, now a homicide detective, for the past seven years. Determined to find her husband's killer, she returns to the foggy Maine island after receiving an anonymous tip. Is it just another false lead, or can she finally prove that Chris was murdered? Owen Garrison, the search-and-rescue worker who located Chris too late to save him, still carries guilt from that fateful night. As he helps Abigail unravel the mystery, they learn that the layers of deceit and lies are even thicker than they could have imagined. Now it's up to Abigail and Owen to keep pushing for the truth—and stop a killer from striking again….

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