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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Set in Syria in the recent past, it describes events that "could have happened that way" but of course didn't, not exactly.

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. Throughout, with a diverse cast of believable and developed characters, McCloskey treats readers to a glimpse of life inside a CIA station abroad and to the inner workings of the neurotic and sociopathic Assad regime.

Readers will also learn the basic elements of spycraft, such as avoiding tails, the operation of a safe house and how to make a dead drop. I hope the book is not an accurate portrayal of CIA personnel or activities, but I fear it probably is. Eventually, assets are compromised, a bomb is built in preparation for an assassination, a chemical weapons attack is in development, and a Russian counterintelligence team is sent to Damascus.

For an authentic representation of what it's like to work in intelligence, look no further than Damascus Station . I am shocked the CIA's Publication Review Board allowed David McCloskey's Damascus Station to see the light of day. The most realistic and authentic depiction of modern-day tradecraft in nonpermissive and hostile environments you will find in print. Damascus, here, is somewhere beyond the gates of hell itself as torture scenes give way to sarin chemical bombings. Back in the US, he is assigned once again to Syria, the titular Damasus Station, and on the way stops in Paris to recruit a palace official, Mariam Haddad.Well I had high hopes for this book, which quickly were dashed by shoddy writing, poor character development, and a plot that was like a Twinkie without the filling---quite unsatisfying. Once a developmental offers a secret about themselves, he knew, they eventually provide one belonging to their government. One particularly memorable figure in the story is five-foot-tall Artemis Aphrodite Procter, the Chief of Damascus Station, whose pugnacity and liberal use of the F-word sometime shock even the men around her.

David McCloskey's storytelling prowess is on full display, making this novel a must-read for fans of intelligent and intricately plotted spy fiction. The backdrop of crumbling Syria – a country steeped in rich heritage, history and culture – literally disintegrating under the weight of constant fighting is jarringly juxtaposed with the vibrancy and opulence of Paris and Villefranche-sur-mer and the stunning, peaceful beauty of Tuscany, and these locations provide the freedom for Sam and Mariam to explore their emotions more fully. This may reflect real life, but I found "Damascus Station" a little too easy to put down, for a really cracking thriller. His plan is to hunt down a brutal pair of brothers who are not only Syrian Palace officials, they’re also responsible for kidnapping and torturing a female American spy to death. That’s because, for me, the pace of the book too often got bogged down by the author providing so much descriptive detail about so many aspects within the plot and its characters that I found myself putting the book aside for long stretches of time.But the cat and mouse chase for the killer soon leads to a trail of high-profile assassinations and the discovery of a dark secret at the heart of the Syrian regime, bringing the pair under the all-seeing eyes of Assad’s spy catcher, Ali Hassan, and his brother Rustum, the head of the feared Republican Guard. 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.

He struggles to hold his distance and assumes that once in Damascus, they will see each other only as the mission requires. In a field groaning with ludicrous plots, absurd characters, and laughable "espionage," McCloskey--a former CIA analyst--has crafted a book that goes back to the roots of what makes a spy thriller great, the spying. The strength of "Damascus Station" lies in McCloskey's meticulous attention to detail and his ability to create a palpable atmosphere of tension and suspense.

Damascus Station" is a triumph in the espionage genre, seamlessly blending action, suspense, and a touch of romance.



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