Code Name: Papa: My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight is part of a trilogy, it presents one man's dual life as a family man and spy, and, most extraordinary of all, it's true.
Readers who are captivated by thrillers, mysteries, and crime stories will become fans of Code Name Papa, alongside those already familiar with true crime and international espionage accounts, and will find it an absolutely fascinating saga.
Part of what lends to the particular delight of this story is its lively narrative style, which takes readers on a round-the-world journey that opens with a lovely, typical New England autumn day; but with a twist. Author John Murray is meeting with an ex-operative at a house that used to hold their group's secret meetings.
What was his job and purpose? John Murray "Worked my way up to the head of the American arm of an international covert ring whose sole intent was to rid the US and other countries of eminent danger or political damage. The job often meant taking "the bad guys" out, as there were seldom easy fixes."
Readers quickly learn that this seemingly-ordinary middle class American family man with the usual family ties and progress in life has somehow risen to the top of a secretive group that often sacrifices their lives and relationships for the sake of a higher goal: keeping America (and the world) a safer place.
As an undercover agent, Murray's employers have included the US and various governments overseas. "Papa" has traveled the world on various tasks with his team, facing terrorists, security risks, and taking out those who would threaten governments and lives.
From how he was first recruited to his evolving duties, their devastating efforts on his marriages, and his eventual retirement from the world of undercover dangers, gunfights, and moles, Code Name: Papa is especially notable for presenting a careful balance between his role as a covert operator and his alter ego as an ordinary family man; and for exposing an underworld of secret, dangerous, government-sponsored missions and how they've helped the world.
This isn't a world most ordinary individuals know about. Readers may hold mixed feelings at discovering its existence; but one thing is certain: the blend of different cases and assignments, tense action, and fine reflection on not just heart-stopping moments but how they affect everything in Papa's life makes for fascinating reading that's hard to put down.
Readers of thrillers, mysteries, and crime and espionage stories will find few can compete with the real-world encounters of Papa as he walks a delicate line between disaster and success in all facets of his life, making Code Name: Papa a top recommendation and a standout across many genres. It's quite simply a compelling, riveting page-turner from beginning to end. (D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review)
About the Author
A Vietnam vet, John Murray spent the majority of his adult life working as an undercover agent for the U.S., Canadian and various European governments. He was raised by his grandfather and taught at an early age how to survive by hunting and fishing, which all served him well for his future. John always wanted to be a 'normal' husband and father but as you'll see and read about his life you will understand why he was unable to do so. It was his and his crew's responsibility to 'take care' of much of the world's evil - evil that could never have come to the public's attention. Now retired, he and his wife are living in a small rural Western town. As 'normal' as he tries to live, he will always be haunted by the visions of what he saw and what he tried to prevent or rectify.
Using pseudonym for safety reasons.
A retired business executive who was born and raised in the U.S. and lived abroad for a number of years. Sharon and John have been married only a few years - yet once they met, they found out there were many instances when their lives could have crossed. John asked Sharon to help him write his memoirs just as something to leave behind, unpublished. After several years of working on his memoirs together, Sharon convinced him it was a story worth telling to the world, and with his permission, contacted her friend Abby Jones to assist them.
Table of Contents
Where in the world?
Chapter 1: from small town to world citizen: my life’s many changes
Chapter 2: the meeting that changed my life
Chapter 3: our not-so-basic training
Chapter 4: three rookies: tackling our first big assignment
Chapter 5: the chosen one
Chapter 6: a sad meeting in Canada
Chapter 7: the will-o’-the-wisp
Chapter 8: back to work… in the Ukraine
Chapter 9: where’s home?
Chapter 10: another date with the Russians
Chapter 11: Christmas… alone
Chapter 12: out of this world (well-documented; can be easily checked out)
Chapter 13: emergency detour
Chapter 14: Italian “holiday”
Chapter 15: what a ride!
Chapter 16: difficult choices
Chapter 17: problems at home and in Washington
Chapter 18: trying out the new team
Chapter 19: death on a frozen tundra
Chapter 20: Amy’s good advice
Chapter 21: visiting The Cemetery
Chapter 22: tensions at “home”
Chapter 23: fortress of horrors
Chapter 24: our efforts to save a small country
Chapter 25: the mission that wasn’t (Oliver North)
Chapter 26: US base gets new commander (with our help)
Chapter 27: a failure to communicate
Chapter 28: a single shot in Turkey
Chapter 29: tragedy at home
Chapter 30: stressful times
Chapter 31: two more tragedies strike
Chapter 32: my world drastically changed, I head back to work
Chapter 33: mum’s the word
Chapter 34: Russians in Amsterdam
Chapter 35: the attack
Chapter 36: the hit man who missed
Chapter 37: viva Las Vegas
Chapter 38: Nancy is gone?
Chapter 39: what to do with Ellen
Chapter 40: the phone call
Chapter 41: a mission close to the heart
Chapter 42: big changes in Connecticut
Chapter 43: tying up loose ends before heading “home”