By David Ignatious
This is a novel about counter-terrorist operations and the complexities associated with it. It’s an thriller and a really fun novel to read. What I liked best about it though, was the emphasis on complexities and nuances. Also, I especially liked one of the notable characters of the book – Jordan’s intelligence chief: “Hani”. He epitomized calm, long-term foresight and human-based operations to outwit terrorists. His character was presented in sharp contrast to the CIA’s Hoffman – who was sloppy and near-sighted in his planning and execution of operations. Hoffman’s character really makes one wonder whether America is too reliant on technology to combat extremism, and not invested enough in human intelligence.
Luck is the residue of good planning. 1271
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