Second Sight (Paul Christopher Series #5)

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Since his reemergence with the publication of Old Boys, Charles McCarry has been heralded as one of the select few novelists of espionage who manage to break out of his genre to shine as a brilliant and unique novelist. Second Sight is seventh in the series that follows the legendary spy Paul Christopher-a man ensnared by a line of work that never failed to exert its insidious influence outside professional boundaries.

Now retired and living the quiet life as a loving husband in...

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Overview

Since his reemergence with the publication of Old Boys, Charles McCarry has been heralded as one of the select few novelists of espionage who manage to break out of his genre to shine as a brilliant and unique novelist. Second Sight is seventh in the series that follows the legendary spy Paul Christopher-a man ensnared by a line of work that never failed to exert its insidious influence outside professional boundaries.

Now retired and living the quiet life as a loving husband in Washington, D.C., Christopher has survived battlefields of World War II, undercover Cold War killing grounds, and imprisonment in China. But now, throughout the Arab world, U.S. agents are being kidnapped and brain- drained by an unidentified enemy armed with a diabolical new drug. Christopher's old friend and superior in "the Outfit" calls with a command he feels he must obey. But what begins for Christopher as a global manhunt swiftly turns into something far closer to home. For the key to the danger he must defuse is a secret buried deep in his own perilous past.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author calls this the last chapter in the Paul Christopher saga that has occupied him on and off since The Miernik Dossier (1973). Christopher has remained a somewhat shadowy figure, though there is no denying McCarry's remarkable narrative gifts, his imaginative use of little-known information and his insider's knowledge of the CIA. All have been put to better use in previous Chrstopher books than here, however. Second Sight is, to put it mildly, overstuffed, with a narrative that goes all the way back to biblical times and embraces pre-WW II Germany as well as the present. It's a complex tale involving Christopher, his heroic German mother, his daughter who was brought up among a lost Israeli tribe in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, an exotic psychic, an elaborate plot to destabilize the Outfit (read: CIA) and kill Jews, and the current and former Outfit directors. At times McCarry's political views blur his usual sharpness, as in a ludicrous portrait of a highly successful, leftist TV guru; at others, the arcane knowledge he usually interweaves so skillfully seems wilfully dragged in. It's a tribute of sorts that he makes such a high-flown saga readable at all, but his inability to create human characters rather than symbols and his fatal lack of le Carre's wit and sophistication in dealing with often similar material make this an ambitious, if intermittently entertaining failure. 35,000 first printing; author tour. (July)
Library Journal
A mixture of espionage, adventure, and family saga, this enthralling novel is the latest in McCarry's Paul Christopher series. Agents of ``The Outfit,'' a CIA-like secret organization based in Washington, are being kidnapped and drugged with a truth serum that compels them to spill vital agency secrets. Paul Christopher, former Outfit operative, is brought out of retirement to attempt to foil the plans of the villains. Into the picture steps Christopher's long-lost daughter Zarah. The band of Jewish nomads that helped raise her is being threatened by the very same organization that threatens the Outfit. A marvelously drawn cast of characters join forces against evil in this compulsive page turner for public libraries.-- Bettie Spivey Cormier, Charlotte-Mecklenburg P.L., Charlotte, N.C .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585678785
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Series: Paul Christopher Series , #5
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles McCarry served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, as well as numerous works of non-fiction incuding Citizen Nader. He currently splits his time between Florida and the Berkshires.

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