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“Tension, suspense, betrayal, and revenge.… David Ignatius is the best in the world at this stuff.” —Lee Child
In this latest novel from the “dean of international intrigue” (Brad Thor) and New York Times best-selling author David Ignatius, CIA operations officer Michael Dunne is tasked with infiltrating an Italian news organization that smells like a front for an enemy intelligence service. Headed by an American journalist, the self-styled bandits run a cyber operation unlike anything the CIA has seen before. Fast, slick, and indiscriminate, the group steals secrets from everywhere and anyone, and exploits them in ways the CIA can neither understand nor stop.
Dunne knows it’s illegal to run a covert op on an American citizen or journalist, but he has never refused an assignment and his boss has assured his protection. Soon after Dunne infiltrates the organization, however, his cover disintegrates. When news of the operation breaks and someone leaks that Dunne had an extramarital affair while on the job, the CIA leaves him to take the fall. Now a year later, fresh out of jail, Dunne sets out to hunt down and take vengeance on the people who destroyed his life.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Cybercrime is one of the newest and most frightening frontiers of modern warfare—and this gripping techno-thriller goes in deep. Armed with advanced artificial intelligence and eerily accurate “deepfakes” (doctored video clips that look completely legit), a crew of hackers infiltrates the media and actively tries to incite global hostilities. Who’s behind the group, and what’s their end goal? It was CIA agent Michael Dunne’s job to find out, at least until the investigation fell apart and he took the fall for his agency’s misdeeds. As Dunne sets out to clear his name and take down the bad guys, we tag along on an exciting global chase. David Ignatius is a political journalist who covered the CIA for three decades—and his inside expertise definitely shows. The Paladin is a gritty and realistic thriller that paints a less-than-flattering picture of what really happens behind closed doors in the intelligence world. Don’t be surprised if by the end of Ignatius’ book, you’re resetting all of your passwords.