ripped from the headlines

May 10, 2010

the introductory note for Barry Eisler’s “Inside Out” from Random House senior editor Mark Tavani explains that it’s based on al Qaeda interrogation tapes destroyed by the CIA.  in 2007, the claim was that 2 tapes were destroyed; in 2009, 2 tapes magically increased to 92 tapes without any explanation.  Eisler, a former member of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, imagines what is on those tapes and the struggle to control them.

in its starred review included in the “Short Takes:  Summer Men’s Fiction” column, the LJ verdict determines:

One sex scene fits neither the story nor the characters, and the violence may make even the most jaded reader uncomfortable, but this is a relentless and revelatory look into the human cost of those who torture on behalf of their country.

Kirkus, of course, hates it.

This testosterone-soaked tale features unlikable, cardboard characters and a plot that disappears under the weight of implausibility.

both the Booklist and PW reviews mention that its a solid and entertaining thriller, but readers really want Eisler to return his writing attention to John Rain.  free arc to the first Sno-Isle Libraries employee to comment.

posting by marin

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2 Responses to “ripped from the headlines”

  1. Kelli Says:

    I’m up for a testosterone-soaked tale, since I’ve been reading either Reference Information Service books/articles or HTML & CSS Style Sheet tutorials for the past 4 months. This would certainly be different.

  2. myounker Says:

    happy to provide a respite from such heady material!


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