Girl joins CIA, girl meets BOY, girl quits CIA. That is the story in a nutshell. Ms. Moran would have us believe she quit the CIA because of her "integrity" however, she knew from the start what she would be doing (recruiting foreigners to spy on their own governments for the U.S.) and yet she chose to do it for several years anyway. Throughout the book she complains that her social life has taken a hit because she has to constantly lie to everyone about who she is and what she does for a living. She makes it very clear that her CIA career is preventing her from having quality friendships and romances. It appears that her real motivation for quitting was that she wanted to lead a normal life. You can't really blame her. I wouldn't want to live a life of lies either. The book would have been better without her critique of the CIA and why it failed on 9-11, because her few years with the organization don't exactly make her an expert on that topic.
This book was awesome. It felt as if I was next to her the whole time going through her adventure. I recommend it for everyone and anyone who needs excitement and suspense in their life, you will not be disappointed!
A fabulous read! I was hooked from the beginning. She really was a CIA spy and it's nothing like I ever thought. I loved the training she recieves. It's all so unreal. Seriously great. I expected her to go shoe shopping at any moment.
Good book if you are interested in the "behind the scenes" of being a CIA agent. Talks alot about Macedonia and the continuing strife with that region. Exciting read about gaining and keeping foreign contacts with some entertaining stories regarding Moran's classmates and contacts in the Balkan region.
Her tales from training are engaging and scary, but we hear a bit less detail when she actually goes to work, and most of that is even creepier. Not as completely terrifying as Robert Baer's See No Evil, but I enjoyed the read. As PJ ORourke says, "Likable, readable, and funny... She's a former spy (and former romantic) who takes the romance out of spying and brings some much-needed intelligence to the Central Intelligence Agency."
I thought this was well written book but she veered off toward the end and got a little political. Still, it was her story, and she told it well. As she stated more than once, she does know how to write.