Selena bored with her life, hands in her resume to the CIA on a whim. To her surprise she is accepted into the training program. After going through trials, lie detectors and aptitude tests.
Selena begins the demanding 18 month training in espionage. Where the group go through fitness regimes, jump out of airplanes, gun practice, learn to recruit assets and pass security.
At the training camp Selena becomes romatically involved with Stan an slightly paranoid man who plans on becoming President in 10 years time.
Once recruited Selena doesn't know who she can trust not even herself. She finds out what happens when spies start sping on each other.
This report prepared by Caitlyn Fisher
Ballantine, Jun 2004, 12.95, 272 pp,
After a stint in India as a Sanskrist expert, Selena returns home to Manhattan to become a bored teacher until she reads a weird Internet ad and she surprises herself by responding. In the blink of a cyberspace eye, Selena is interviewed, tested and evaluated to determine whether she an "extraordinary individual".
The CIA hire Selena, who relocates to Virginia, where she receives top rate instruction at the “Farm"; Selena becomes an expert in hand combat, emergency medical care, and other needed skills for someone expected to work in the cold. She is considered a potential superstar except for a fear of flying that even Jung could not cure. Selena becomes friends with fellow student Iris and dates Stan, whose memory skills are incredible. However, problems happens leading to the CIA Internal Affairs investigating Selena as the evidence points to her being a traitor; Stan roots for her hanging, but Selena refuses to take the fall when she knows someone set her up.
LOOSE LIPS is an enjoyable chick lit takes the CIA tale that will leave the audience laughing fro start to finish. The tale is exceptional when Selena goes through her excellent training as a top gun while her relationships are shaky until Stan enters her life. The tale remains fun, but loses some of its oomph when Selena becomes the subject of an investigation of a seditious act although she remains Pollyanna at the Farm.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner