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Charles McCarry Books In Order

Publication Order of Paul Christopher Books

The Miernik Dossier (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tears of Autumn (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret Lovers (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Supper (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Second Sight (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Old Boys (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christopher's Ghosts (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Double Eagle (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Better Angels (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bride of the Wilderness (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shelley's Heart (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lucky Bastard (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ark (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shanghai Factor (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Citizen Nader (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Southwest (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inner Circles: How America Changed the World (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Field: A Collection of Writings from National Geographic (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Charles McCarry has served in the United States Army, where he worked as a correspondent for the Stars and Stripes. He has also served as a newspaperman and a speechwriter in the administration of Eisenhower. From the year 1958 to the year 1967, McCarry has worked for the Central Intelligence, as an undercover agent in Asia, Europe, and Africa. However, McCarry’s cover was not as a journalist or a writer. For several years, McCarry has served as the editor for the National Geographic and has also authored several important pieces for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times and several other top national publications.

Currently, McCarry is married and has four sons who are now fully grown. His family resided in the Berkshire area, a region where his current family still resides. Charles McCarry is best known for the book series, which involves Paul Christopher, a super spy. McCarry was born right before the commencement of World War II to an American Mother and a German father. Immediately after the war, Christopher joined the Central Intelligence and became one of the agency’s most effective spies. After Christopher concerning the John F. Kennedy assassination had launched several unauthorized investigations, McCarry became a wanted man and a pariah.

He was later arrested and spent more than ten years inside a Chinese Prison before being released. Upon being released, McCarry embarked on a mission to find answers to the mystery, which surrounded his mother. McCarry’s mother had mysteriously disappeared after the conclusion of the World War II and had never been seen ever since.

The Miernik Dossier

This is the first installment in the Paul Christopher book series by Charles McCarry. Unlike other books that you may have ever come across, the Miernik Dossier is a compilation of intercepted radio transmissions, interviews, field reports, diary entries, debriefings, and the dispatches from a group of spies that have been posted in Geneva. From the word go, you may worry about the format that the author uses, however, the author has managed to seemingly weave all these narratives together to create a well-crafted novel. In this installment, the author introduces the reader to one Tadeusz Miernik, a Polish national who is worried about his visa’s and contract’s expiration date. Miernik has been petitioning to his long list of friends to assist him through their government to find a way that he could extend his stay in Geneva.

Apart from the Miernik, the author also introduces the reader to one, Paul Christopher, who is an American undercover agent who has been assigned the task of keeping his eye on everything and everyone. Due to the fact that everyone loved to talk to him, he became more and more of an asset. As the plot unfolds, Christopher tries to understand what is happening. The author has used this character in a majority of his novels. Paul begins by describing how he truly sees his job; he describes that artists are like novelists and artists, it’s only that they use real places and real people.

The author also introduces the reader to Nigel Collins, a British agent who is in a relationship with one Ilona Bentley. Nigel together with Tadeusz, many at times rub shoulders and in some cases have some disagreement concerning Ilona due to jealousy and their suspicion over the true intentions of each other. Kalesh is also another character that the author introduces. At the beginning of the book, Kalesh is a Sudanese Prince, but as the book continues, he becomes a recruit for many organizations. He not only possesses a dramatic personality but he is also quite memorable. Standing and 6,8 feet, Kalesh is black as oil quite charming and exceedingly sophisticated. At first, Kalesh is exceedingly confident, and due to his aloof personality, he manages to stay away from all the intrigue.

However, it does not take long before he is forced into the game due to necessity. Ilona is a Hungarian concentration camp survivor, who has been described as an exceedingly beautiful and vivacious woman who had the intent of seducing all the men within the group. Ilona had suspected that there were individuals who had Russian ties. Zofia is the supposed sister of one, Tadeusz. Irrespective of all the best efforts by the group, through the various organizations, no one could be able to ascertain as to whether she was truly related to Tadeusz. Christopher had been enlisted by Tadeusz to be smuggled into the country of Czechoslavia.

Tadeusz is afraid that his government is going to place him under lots of pressure to return home since they have the ability to hurt his sister. Zofia is an exceedingly beautiful character and does not look anything like her brother, which in turn adds to the speculation that she could not be his biological sister. Paul agrees to go ahead with the scheme with the aim of learning more about Mienerk. Kalesh has been asked by his father to drive a gift he received from his business associate, A Cadillac.

Kalesh asks Paul and Nigel to go with him on this insane road trip. It does not take before everyone agrees to go on this long and tedious road trip to Sudan. Everyone agreed to go on this road trip because of the same reasons so that they can be able to keep an eye on one another and also be able to learn about the fellow travelers. The bits, intrigue and the pieces of the data collected, the uncertain alliances and the distrust will keep everyone guessing, including the readers. There is lots of nostalgia when reading this book.

With that said, the characterization of Miernik and the ingenious introduction of Christopher as an exceedingly appealing spy character is what really makes this story quite thrilling. Neither of these characters emerges from the story as heroes, but they both display heroic tendencies. The denouement will definitely leave you the reader, wondering and also waiting for the next installment in the series. This installment was first published in the year 1973, and this is an installment that deals with unchanging and universal themes and from the look of things has definitely stood the test of time.

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