Second Sight

Second Sight

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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.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2007, c1991.
ISBN: 9781585678785
1585678783
Branch Call Number: MCCARRY 2007
Characteristics: 480 pages ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: 2nd sight

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KBesserman
Nov 26, 2013

The master spy novelist. Wraps up the Paul Christopher novels masterly.

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chetgraf
Jan 10, 2012

In the beginning you can tell the author is a little to the right politically, but the book isn't too badly effected by it and its kind of engrossing - until the last 1/4 when he goes totally off the rails and brings in an ultra-left Marxist TV show host who is an influential power player in Washington DC! Then the paranoid (and/or propaganda) right wing fantasy stereotypes really start rolling. Middleclass origin counter-culture hippies in the 60s are direct analogues to Hitler Youth. Evil Arabs who have no past or future, and who have given up all political objectives but killing Jews, and have secret information handed down from the Nazis on where to find lost tribes to exterminate. Then a long shoot'em up ending totally incongruous with the previous tone of the book. It goes on...
**I found this book on a list by Alan Furst comparing McCarry with LeCarre and other great international espionage books. There is no comparison.

P.S. Because this book was hard bound and brand new, I thought it was a recent publication, but it was published in 1991. While I was reading it, a lot of the tone and stereotypes seemed really out of date, but I only now figured it out. A product of its time.

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