A Different Perspective
As I read this book I thought, “that’s unique”. What I mean is that this book is kind of told from the perspective of an old man recalling his stories. Obviously, not one hundred percent unique, but it’s rare to read something like that. So, I do commend John Murray for writing like that. It kind of reminded me of my grandfather recalling stories and passing it on to us.
I really found the war stories interesting and the plot, to be honest. There’s so much going on in the book. I mean, it basically tells the whole life of “Papa”. There are always interesting stories that can be found in anyone’s life, much more so in some sort of (maybe spoiler) international assassins life. Code Name: Papa, deals with so many people and countries and secrecy that you start to wonder if there is something like this hidden in our governments (probably not).
I found it hard to read some of the paragraphs as the conventional rules – new line, new speaker – weren’t really followed all the time. When you have two speakers on the same line, you kind of get confused as to who said what. I get that it’s because it’s really the main character, Papa, recalling events, but it could’ve been better done at times. Another thing, which while not bad, it doesn’t make it good either is the fact that the way the story was told made it less gripping and less exciting. I wasn’t “in the moment”.
While I found the book interesting, it wasn;t gripping. I wasn’t reading the next page and begging myself to please read another. I think the book was fun, but it lacked excitement that I expect from action/thriller/adventure books. That’s why this book is getting the seal of approval, but not “would recommend to everyone”. But please, if the story interests you, check it out.
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Note about this review
I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review. I always try my best to balance the reviews and not favour any one person (though I may be a bit subjective when it comes to the genre).
Action, Adventure, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
September 30th 2015
Who'd have thought a bright, but fairly ordinary young man from middle class America who got just above average grades, dated the same girl throughout high school and went to church most Sundays, would grow up to eventually head a very secretive band of brave individuals--both men and women--who regularly put their lives on the line because they wanted to protect the rest of you. Yet that's what we did, often sacrificing our personal lives (four marriages for me, all in the book) and our health (countless broken bones, major surgeries, even death) to do it.
Meanwhile you're just going to have to call me "Papa" like everyone else around the globe has through most of those wildly unpredictable and dangerous years.