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

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And, while Damascus Station provided elements of suspense and excitement, there were not enough of them and they were spaced too far apart for me view it as an attention-holding read.

He’d had the drilling at the Farm – ‘never get involved emotionally’ – but the heart sometimes rules the head. Equally, I would have been thrilled with a rich historical fiction that made you feel and think deeply.

Unlike many American "spy" thriller authors, his book actually emphasizes spycraft and espionage rather than gunfights, explosions, and special operations. Finally, there is a clear reliance on stereotypes to villainize members of Syria’s government - from the mustachioed mafia type, to the pedophile, to the woman constructed out of Botox and plastic. The most realistic and authentic depiction of modern-day tradecra ft in nonpermissive and hostile environments you will find in print. 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. Eight or nine years ago, when Barack Obama served in the White House, the fighting in Syria was at its peak.

And it’s against that background that CIA veteran David McCloskey spins out his spellbinding spy story about espionage in Syria, Damascus Station. The most realistic and authentic depiction of modern-day tradecraft in nonpermissive and hostile environments you will find in print. For an authentic representation of what it’s like to work in intelligence, look no further than Damascus Station.As I read, the blend of fact and fiction, and perhaps a bit of ‘if only’, make this an excellent read. And Assad and the sycophants and sadists who surround him have remained oblivious to appeals from most of the world’s nations to negotiate with the opposition.

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