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Damascus Station: Unmissable New Spy Thriller From Former CIA Officer (Damascus Station, 1)

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. The characters are believable, and the balance between tradecraft, action sequences and character interactions is done well.

The plot is a bit of a slow burner initially, with suspense gradually building, and the author skillfully creates tension out of seemingly mundane moments, like a character inserting a USB stick loaded with CIA spyware onto her boss's computer. A] gripping, well-written page turner that is part-thriller, part-love story, part-spy tale, and part-historical fiction concerning Syria and the Arab Spring. Over the last year I have read a few spy novels I considered some of the best ever written and Damascus Station might be the best of the lot. The most realistic and authentic depiction of modern-day tradecraft in nonpermissive and hostile environments you will find in print.

When I started reading Damascus Station by Mr David McCloskey, it was amidst the accolades and superlatives surrounding the book. Assad and his allies don’t distinguish between the democratic forces supported by the West and the jihadists who are steadily gaining ground. Sam, as a well-worn field officer, knows that the route he’s travelling down when he first kissed Mariam. McCloskey took many liberties with Arabic translations – such as incorrectly translating the term “felaheen,” a word my family identifies with as members of the peasant class, to “. In spite of this, she agrees to spy for the Americans, despite the incredible dangers posed by the Assad regime.

In one instance, he uses a derogatory term – Christian “sharameet” – to develop the main character’s guilt regarding her family’s power and position.An American CIA operative is tasked with recruiting a Syrian government official to keep the the American government aware of happenings inside the intelligence services. For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. David McCloskey experienced Syria firsthand as a CIA analyst, and he delivers a thrilling, graphic, gripping, and realistic--albeit fictional--portrayal of the CIA and the bloody, tragic Syrian uprising. Of course it proceeds to him sleeping with the asset, and we devolve for awhile in horrid harlequin romance territory. For an authentic representation of what it’s like to work in intelligence, look no further than Damascus Station.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.He’d had the drilling at the Farm – ‘never get involved emotionally’ – but the heart sometimes rules the head.

She is torn between her love for Sam versus her love for her hot-headed, impetuous and slightly crazy cousin Razan. 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.

Damascus Station" is a triumph in the espionage genre, seamlessly blending action, suspense, and a touch of romance. The two fall into a forbidden relationship, which supercharges Haddad's recruitment and creates unspeakable danger when they enter Damascus to find the man responsible for the disappearance of an American spy.

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