Charles McCarry
Christopher's Ghosts
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Christopher s Ghosts Christopher s Ghosts

  • Title: Christopher's Ghosts
  • Author: Charles McCarry
  • ISBN: 9781585679140
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Christopher s Ghosts

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    1. Erica Verrillo says:

      Christopher novel fans will be pleased with Charles McCarry's tenth, and perhaps most coherent, novel in the series. As with many of the Christopher novels, McCarry devotes his attention to Paul Christopher's back story, which has been spun out over so many books that one has to wonder if it has developed over time, or if it was there from the very start.In this novel, Paul Christopher goes back in time to when he was seventeen and madly in love with a Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. There is a pre [...]

    2. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:

      Well, I don't normally cry at the end of spy/thriller novels, but the last line of this one got me. There are a lot of Nazi-themed novels out there, but I really liked this one because it had a lot more depth regarding familial ties and personal histories of the characters. Someone else's review here mentions how this author tells the story in 300 pages when other authors in the genre drag it out to 600 pages. I agree. I liked not getting bogged down in all the endless details of spy craft and s [...]

    3. Ric says:

      A not-quite genesis story of how Paul Christopher ended up as a spook. Probably not a good place to start on the series due to the numerous references to characters in previous books. The teenage Paul in police-state Germany (late 1930s) is beaten up by brownshirts. (view spoiler)[A young Jewish girl ministers to him and they become friends, confidants, lovers. The couple are hounded by an increasingly oppressive SS officer, as are Paul's parents who have been smuggling boycotted Jews out of the [...]

    4. Scott Parsons says:

      Thoroughly enjoyed this Paul Christopher novel by Charles McCarry. It had been quite a novel since I had read a McCarry novel but I remember being really impressed by the Tears of Autumn. This novel is presented in two segments: pre-World War II, Berlin in 1939; and 1959, the Cold War era when Paul encounters and tracks down Franz Stutzer, the villain from the first segment. In the first part we find Paul as a teenager living in pre-war Berlin with his parents. It is largely a story of Paul's lo [...]

    5. Zach says:

      The first half of the book I would give 4 stars. In the pre-WWII section, the author creates a powerful sense of foreboding and the inevitable that builds the suspense and tension tot much. (Reminded me of classic Le Carre--The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and the Looking Glass War)Then we move on to the post WWII period, this last third of the novel almost feels as if it was written by someone else, the atmosphere that was in the first half is gone and the slower pacing of the first half, whic [...]

    6. Stacy says:

      I loved the beginning. I loved the ending. A lot of stuff in the middle plodded along and there were too many holes. It was sad (aren't they all? You can't write about WWII without it being sad), and the characters were all very well developed. It was the characters, rather than the story, that kept me interested. They were all just so alive.The jacket was misleading. It said that during WWII in Germany, an SS officer had committed an atrocious crime and then spent the rest of his life trying to [...]

    7. Eileen says:

      This is one in another series of novels set in Europe, some of them around WWII, others during the Cold War. Paul Christopher is a great character. Very well written and well plotted.

    8. Jak60 says:

      Christopher's ghosts fills some spaces of Paul Christopher's life left blank in other novels of the series, namely The last supper. In fact, the first half of the book focusses on the events happened in 1939, only that, while in The last supper such events were told from Hubbard and Lori Christopher's perspective, they are presented here as seen through their son's (Paul) eyes. Actually the first half of the book is all about a love story involving the young Paul with a German girl, and the unin [...]

    9. Michael Martz says:

      Charles McCarry's 'Christopher's Ghosts' goes a long way, for a reader who's relatively new to this author, in explaining the deep background of the star of the series and why he is the way he is. It's really 2 books in one: the first half covers Paul Christopher's early life in pre-WWII Germany, his 'love affair' with a beautiful young lady, and the challenges for Jews in their daily existence in Berlin. The 2nd half takes place years later, when Christopher is on his way to 'stardom' as a US s [...]

    10. False says:

      I'm reading all of Charles McCarry at the moment, including his non-fiction work. Thos book explores the early Paul Christopher years in Germany, pre World War II, and it's a fascinating reminder of how delicate life could become and what a narrow window there was of escape before life became very grim. It also establishes the character Paul Christopher's unorthodox upbringing, and how they affected his life as an agent in his later years. I breezed through this one like a glutton, only wanting [...]

    11. Emma Julia says:

      One of the best McCarry books about Paul Christopher.

    12. Calvin says:

      This is my first McCarry book; very disappointed . In a mad rush, I grabbed this book off the library shelf, in too much haste, hoping it was going to be as good as those that rated it with four stars. This book is really dragging its heels. I failed to realize this was a series based on one character, Paul Christopher. As one of reviewers put it so succinctly; it is really slow and McCarry doesn't get to the point of the plot very quickly. Lots of dialogueI usually try not to skip or scan pages [...]

    13. Sarah says:

      Why I have a copy of Christopher's Ghosts is a mystery to me but I'm sure it came to be in my possession as recommended reading from some publication or another. It's definitely going to be the first and last novel I ever read by Charles McCarry.The only way I can see anyone enjoying Christopher's Ghosts is someone who has read the entire espionage series featuring Paul Christopher. This particular installment is the seventh novel.Christopher's Ghosts takes us back to Berlin in the late 1930s, w [...]

    14. Don says:

      Another solid entry in this series. Although this book stands on its own, it works better if you have read some of the other books about the main character, Paul Christopher, particularly those that reveal some of his family history.McCarry's writing is economical and to the point; in the hands of certain other contemporary writers in this genre, McCarry's 300 pages would been padded out to 600. As one of the other reviewers noted, you read one of these books and you move on. He writes just well [...]

    15. Calzean says:

      I thought this was a lazily written book. The first half revisits Christopher's past, when he was 16 and in love for the first time. His family is doing good things but the local Gestapo man is getting close to Christopher's family and his first true love. Most of this was also covered in The Last Supper which focused on Christopher's mother's disappearance - which was only alluded to in this book.Very little in this book could be considered being an espionage book. It's a book on revenge, with [...]

    16. Christopher Culp says:

      This far into the series of Paul Christopher books, I was amazed that McCarry still managed to find ways to tel a new story while simultaneously telling old ones. He answers some big questions from earlier books in a satisfying way. I recommend that readers pursue the Christopher series in order -- it is very enjoyable to wonder about many of the Paul Christopher details and have them revealed in the order McCarry intends.

    17. Bookmarks Magazine says:

      In his tenth book featuring CIA agent Paul Christopher, Charles McCarry delves into Christopher's past, answering some of the questions which have tantalized readers for decades. Overall, the critics were pleased with this latest addition to Christopher's story. Though they claimed it was not McCarry's best work, they repeatedly cited his elegant writing, fascinating characters, and his ability to elicit the utmost tension from every scene. They disagreed over the two parts of the book

    18. Mk100 says:

      Not all of Paul Christopher's ghosts are the ones you'd expect. Not the best of the series, but a wonderful way to wrap the series. An astounding life story told over the course of 50 years and several novels. McCarry slowly gives you Paul's hidden moments - like so much hidden in Paul's life - that he shares with virtually no one. The fact that Paul chose such a life is itself fascinating, particularly when you fully understand what drove him to it. Did he really have a choice?

    19. Sandy Kell says:

      This is my second McCarry book featuring Paul Christopher and it starts during his childhood in the late '30s in Nazi Germany, chronicling those chilling days when lives could change or end on a soldier's whim.As an avid espionage fan, I'm excited to have found this author and plan to make my way through all his novels.

    20. Pat says:

      Just having read another McCarry novel, I thought "I've already read this" but no-- same characters, same tone, a different part of Paul Christopher's life. Great story teller, so I assume the one confusing part was something I misread. PC as a young man, and PC as a mature man pursuing an arch villain. A great read.

    21. Tom says:

      This book, Charles McCarry's most recent Paul Christopher mystery, takes the main character back to Berlin and forward to the 1960s, but puts him in contact with a childhood nemesis, Franz Stutzer.We don't see much of Barnabas Wolkowicz, the super sleuth of other Paul Christopher books, but Paul is in fine espionage form.

    22. Sarah says:

      Another interesting piece of Paul Christopher's history, but it's been awhile since I read McCarry, and I had forgotten a lot of context. The central hunt in the book draws you in, but it's not really a standalone story.

    23. Ajsknapp says:

      Life seems to come full circle for Paul ChristopherBetween this book, Christopher's Ghosts, and The Old Boys, Charles McCarry brings Paul Christopher to full circle. Personally, I think McCarry is one of the best espionage authors.

    24. Ian Robb says:

      Starts with Paul Christopher as a child and his love with a Jewish girl, Rima. She is killed by a Stutzer, a Nazi. Skip ahead 20 years and Paul, now a CIA agent encounters Stutzer again and with the help of the Israelis captures and kills him in revenge. Not as good as some of his other books.

    25. Charisse says:

      I really really liked the first part of this novel! I had a more difficult time with the last half. I would like to read another Christopher book to give it another shot!

    26. Vicki Robinson says:

      And we thought we had baggage!

    27. John Treanor says:

      Decent mix of pre-WWII and Cold War era Germany hi-jinks and spying. More of Paul Christopher's back story.

    28. Cynthia says:

      He is spectacular. Great plots AND great characters!

    29. Sarah says:

      Its a (small) step up from a Tom Clancy or a John Grisham: The story was more complex and the characters a little more rich. All in all, it was the perfect book for a transatlantic flight.

    30. Corina says:

      Well written but a disappointing ending. It left me wondering why I had even bothered with the first 98% of the book.

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