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Happenstance or Premeditated ad Campaign? Ex-CIA Agent Valerie Plame to Write Female Spy Books

 

Valerie Plame

Penguin Books just announced that Valerie Plame (Former CIA operative) will co-author a fiction spy series of books with a female undercover espionage operative as the central character.   The timing of the announcement seems perfectly scheduled with the release of the movie “Fair Game” due out on DVD on March 29 2011

Fair Game was the thriller film directed by Doug Liman based on Valerie Plame’s memoir, “Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House”.  It starred Naomi Watts as an uber stylish Plame along with Sean Penn as her husband, Joseph C. Wilson.

Penguin said in a statement Plame will write a “new international suspense series” with mystery author Sarah Lovett.  The first book in the as yet untitled series will be published in the United States and Canada next year by publisher David Rosenthal.

Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Fair Game poster

The film “Fair Game” was actually a Moviewalla favorite of 2010.  An epic David vs. Goliath political thriller where Goliath is the US Government. Watts and Penn gave excellent performances as the main protagonists and frankly I was rather surprised that neither got any 2010 Oscar love. Watts and Penn were not only believable as a married couple but inherently; they were able to convey that this tale is as much spy thriller as it is about a marriage under pressure.  This film captured perfectly the human cost of espionage AND it had a heart

Definitely a film to put in your queue or rent as it has the ability to rile you up and entertain all in one fail swoop which is not easy these days

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