Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Fictional spies have more fun (a review)

I chose to read Lindsay Moran’s “Blowing my Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy” as my first selection for covergirl’s eponymous challenge. Being the ‘conspiracy theorist’ that I am, this book had been on my wish-list for quite some time, when one of my favorite gal pal’s lent me the copy she had on her bookshelf (along with, what I must admit, was a less-than-glowing review.) This was a national best-seller, and was billed as “humorous” and “charming”, and was touted as “one of the most revealing and up-to-date portraits of the day-to-day routine of a CIA spy” by USA Today. Sounds like fun, right?!

On the inside cover, James Bradford says the book gave a candid insight that shows “that the ‘real’ life of a CIA spy is far from that portrayed by Hollywood.” If Moran’s book is any indication, I would say that’s no doubt true – the ‘real’ life is apparently much more whiny and, well, boring. But, of course, who out there *really* didn’t expect that to be the case? Obviously, Ms. Moran expected more “James Bond” and “Harriet the Spy”, as this is what she gives credit to as her source of inspiration for joining The Company, in the first place. We follow Lindsay as she interviews to be accepted, through her training to be a case officer, beyond her overseas posting, and finally to her eventual resignation.

While it was worth the few hours reading time to finish, this was NOT the “fascinating” look into the CIA that I was anticipating…nor, I’m sorry to say, was it as humorous as I was hoping it would be, either.


Sheila said...

I can recommend 2 good spy books.

The Spy Wore Red by Aline Countess Romanones

Agent Zig Zag - I can't remember the author.

Both are set in WWII. My husband read the Zig Zag one and I read the other one.

Fascinating stories.

jehara said...

last year i read Fair Game by Valerie Plame, which was fascinating and gave some real insight into the CIA. then i read Blowing My Cover and found it to be very whiny. if you are still interested in reading a good spy book i would definitely check out Fair Game.