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The Triple Agent


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JOBY WARRICK covers intelligence for the "Washington Post," where he has been a reporter since 1996. He is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and has appeared on CNN, Fox, and PBS.


Praise for "The Triple Agent" "Mr. Warrick has reconstructed, in vivid and telling detail, the sequence of events that led Humam al-Balawi to kill seven CIA operatives in a suicide attack in Afghanistan in December 2009....It is a chilling tale, told with skill and verve." "The Economist" ""The Triple Agent" is a page turner....It's a must-read for counterterrorism and spy junkies." "Associated Press""Warrick is a brilliant reporter and a fine writer.... This is as gripping a true-life spy saga as I've read in years." Bob Drogin, "LA Times" "A riveting, heart-wrenching tale." "The Washington Post" "[An] accessible and fast-paced debut....[Warrick] gives this story a cinematic feel with suspensful foreshadowing, rich character development...and a remarkable amount of heart." "Publishers Weekly" "Warrick has pieced together a fast-paced and compelling narrative that reads like a Hollywood screenplay. He provides a rare look at the careers and personal lives of CIA officers, including the courageous women who played key roles....Spellbinding." "The Philadelphia Inquirer""Insightful and riveting.... Mr. Warrick adds a wealth of new detail to a narrative that reads like the best spy fiction." "The Washington Times"""The Triple Agent" is a spy thriller like no other. Never has such a giant intelligence debacle been chronicled this vividly, this intimately. Riveting and harrowing, laden with deception and duplicity, it is a remarkable, behind-the-curtain account of the CIA s darkest day in Afghanistan." Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City" Absolutely first-rate, breakthrough reporting. Bob Woodward, author of "Obama s Wars" "The Triple Agent" is a superlative piece of reporting and writing. Joby Warrick manages to take the reader inside the CIA, Jordanian intelligence, and al-Qaeda. His intimate portraits of intelligence officers and the terrorists they stalk are unforgettable. "The Triple Agent" is one of the best true-life spy stories I have ever read. David Ignatius, columnist for the" Washington Post" and author of "Bloodmoney" A startling and memorable account of daring, treachery, and catastrophe in the CIA s war against al-Qaeda. The deadly buzz of unmanned drones, the fanatical drive of a suicide bomber, and the desperate hopes of the intelligence agents at outpost Khost are drawn together in a powerful and fast-paced story of our time. David E. Hoffman, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Dead Hand" "The Triple Agent" is by turns harrowing and heartbreaking, fascinating and frightening. Joby Warrick takes the reader deep inside the CIA s biggest disaster since September 11, a monumental blunder that allowed an al-Qaeda mole, carrying a thirty-pound bomb, into the agency s highly secret, frontline outpost along the Afghan border with Pakistan. The blast left seven agency employees dead and many questions unanswered, questions that Warrick skillfully answers in a tale that reads like a thriller and stretches from the dusty back alleys of Waziristan to the plush executive floor at Langley. James Bamford, author of the bestselling "The Puzzle Palace," "Body of Secrets," and "The Shadow Factory""

In December 2009, members of al-Qaeda infiltrated the CIA's Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan and succeeded in killing seven agency operatives. Warrick explores the events surrounding this infamous suicide bombing and analyzes American intelligence failures leading up to the attack. With clear, smooth narration that is never histrionic, Sunil Malhotra complements both the author's approach and his style. Malhotra's pronunciation of Middle Eastern names-as well as his transition between English and regional languages-is consistently flawless. He creates an impressive range of distinct voices and regional accents for the book's characters. And his energetic narration not only captures the tension of suspenseful scenes but maintains listener attention during moments of exposition and analysis. A Doubleday hardcover. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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