W of the earlier onesMcCarry s books are old school spy novels which makes sense as he was an old school spy The main makes sense as he was an old school spy The main are not Jack Bauers or even James Bond s but instead are skilled in subterfuge and ferreting out information by means other than torture The plots are often elaborate and this book is
*no exception There is so much going on that it might seem a bit much The plot starts with *exception There is so much going on that it might seem a bit much The plot starts with retired spy gathering some retired friends to find the missing Paul Christopher the hero from the first books Loose nukes family history terrorism and the new Russia figure heavilyWhat also figures heavily is one of the better subplots from any of his books and one of the cleverest conspiracy theories I have ever read In addition to looking for Paul Christopher the characters are hunting for a text which claims that one of histories great events was actually a covert operation If you buy the arguments of a certain 18th century British historian it would make for the biggest case of blowback of all timeThe book is a bit sprawling but bits like the covert op make it a lot of fun McCarry was always one of my favorites in the age of the Cold War thriller in books like The Last Supper and The Tears of Autumn This one is maybe not as good as Le Carre s one about old spies This amazing read was exceptional Espionage at its best Oddly this was my first Charles McCarry read WOWZER This was written in the classic style re Robert Littell It s a real round the world tour with a cast of fascinating characters and plot twist after twist What a treat This is the first of the Paul Christopher books that I read I idn t know it at the time but it is the last in the series chronologically Looking back it was actually a good introduction to McCarry s world and to Paul Chistopher Old Boys is a spy novel that takes on "The Tone Of A Western Or A Heist Movie Where "tone of a western or a heist movie where old gang is assembled one last time to Night Without Stars do a job the aging protagonists may or may not be up for Also this came out in the wake of The DaVince Code and the Dan Brownesue subplot and its resolution is in and of itself worth the price of admission Charles McCarry has been writing his Paul Christopher novels for forty years I ve read several of the novels over the past twenty eight years going back to high school When I started the series I was a teenager and the Soviet Union still existed Both are now gone but Charles McCarry is still writing about his Cold War creation Interestingly a creation that he has allowed to age and continue into the presen. Y start with a photo found in Paul's study a woman's hand holding a centuries' old scroll once in the possession of the Nazis and now sought by the US government and Muslim extremists alike Harassed by American intelligence hunted by terrorists Horace Christopher and the Old Boys travel the globe from Xinjiang to Brazil from Rome to Tel Aviv Budapest to Moscow in search of Paul and the unspeakablyangerous truth. ,
DOWNLOAD Old Boys25 stars I never read this author before and I should have started with an earlier work because I think I missed a lot of connections There s a promising setup about a missing spy and the colleagues who come out of retirement to find him but there s so "much plot islamic terrorism ww2 espionage a scroll "plot Islamic terrorism ww2 espionage a scroll Biblical times falconry that we lose track of both the emotional journey and the tradecraft The ending feels like an 80s action movie Disappointing but I ll try another by this author Kind of funny to see McCarry try to goose things up with of all things a DaVinci Code kind of subplot He puts enough interesting stuff into it that it s not wholly laughable but that plausibility that made the earlier Paul Christopher novels so convincing is right out the window here Of course Christopher himself was always an at least mildly implausible character One reason Le Carre always has an edge over McCarry is that he oesn t make his characters supermen or some kind of Ralph Emerson variant of James Bond Still in all this is zippy the globe trotting environments attractively and The Indispensable Faulkner deftly sketched and all that A few months ago I read an obituary on Charles McCarry in the LA Times and thought I would read a few of his novels about CIA agents and espionage etc I enjoy this genre so I purchased OLD BOYS The story has aouble plot the Pack Up the Moon dynamic between older retired CIA agents and the current young breed of agents in approaching issues of national security In addition an evil man in the Middle East has possession of some potent bombs that could spelloom for humanity Both sets of agents pursue the bad guys I had some Dog Love - An Unbreakable Bond difficulty in tracking the narrator s travels through Europe and the Middle East as well as some of the technicaletails of CIA work but overall the story held my interest I have purchased several other novels by McCarry I really came to love Paul Christopher as the hero of the series of novels Henry and June delivered overtime by Charles McCarry some of these novels are real masterpieces like The Last Supper and Tears of Autumn able to transcend their genre others are very solid espionage stories and a few are a little weaker Old Boys is the final instalment of the series and I m afraid belongs to the latter cluster after a promising start the story meanders around various narrative streams which struggle to fit together Paul Christopher s presence here is spiritual than physical as he s supposedlyead or at east AWOL for almost the entire story So the first and apparently main stream is about the. In his magnificent new novel Charles McCarry returns to the world of his legendary character Paul Christopher the crack intelligence agent who is as skilled at choosing a fine wine as he is at tradecraft at once elegant and Dry Skull Dreams dangerous sophisticated and rough and ready As the novel begins Paul Christopher now an aging but remarkably fit 70ish isining at home with his cousin Horace also an ex agent Dinner is elic. Search for Paul Christopher who turns out was in search again of his mother Lori so a family saga than an espionage thriller In fact the book seems to be conceived to bring home a number of loose ends from all the previous books related to the personal stories of the Christopher family this is especially Lori s book and it serves the purpose of filling a lot of *Gaps Of Her Life Which Had Remained Very Mysterious So *of her life which had remained very mysterious so Then you have another parallel stream trying to close the loop on a story also from previous books about an Arab prince supposedly ead but actually alive and kicking wanting to nuke the world As if this was not enough there is then a third narrative stream around t an ancient scroll telling an alternate version of Jesus Christ s life and the idea of presenting Jesus Christ as a secret agent for the roman empire and the apostle Paul as his case officer is a looooong shot bordering the ridiculous letting alone blasphemy So you wait for the various streams to connect except they The Gate of Heaven don tAmong all this you have several excruciatingly longigressions like the lengthy Tutoring Lady Jane description of how a rare bird called houbara bustard is hunted in the Asianeserts which further ilute and fragment the storytellingSo a lot of iverse narrative staff going on Old Boys however American Poetry does not have the power of other books in transcending their genre so it ends up being a long soup In essence not the grandest final act for the series yet thisoes not change my overall judgement of the overall saga which remains very high Great book to read Keeps you interested in what will happen nextI was not sure if I would like this series Charles McCarty is a wonderful writer If you like to read espionagespy I recommend reading this author One of life s minor pleasures is reading a book that has been on your shelf for years I have had Charles McCarry s Old Boys for six or seven
*Years It S Not *It s not I Every Good Girl didn t want to read it but it was the first McCarry I acuired Having bought it I realized it was a series book and that I would have to go about purchasing the then out of print and hard to find earlier books I spent some time trackingown used copies and then Overlook Press reprinted his books So I ve now caught up and could read this oneReading these books in order is "important Even than the Ian Fleming novels there are important subplots that span the books that "Even than the Ian Fleming novels there are important subplots that span the books that be ruined if you read them out of order The earlier ones you can probably read out of synch but you should hold off on Old Boys until you have read a fe. Ious and uneventful A A Sixpenny Christmas day later Paul has vanishedThe months pass Paul's ashes areelivered by a Chinese official to the American consulate in Beijing and a memorial service is held in Washington But Horace is not convinced that Paul is Last of the Few dead and enlisting the support of six other retired colleagues a sort of all star backfield of the old Outfit Horace gets the Old Boys back in the game to find Paul ChristopherThe.