Sunday, January 5, 2014
THE SHANGHAI FACTOR - Charles McCarry
An American spy with no name is a sleeper agent in China. After meeting a Chinese woman he is activated by his masters to attempt to turn a group of Chinese agents.\
Our man survives many attempts on his life and for a new agent is very resourceful solving problems his agency has struggled with for years.
This story starts well enough but looses its way totally at the end. The ending is all wrapped up in about two short chapters. It felt like that the author has painted himself into a corner and needed to wrap up the story to move on.
This book feels like a screen play, a" Bourne Identity" type story. A film would be able to wrap this ending much better than the written word.
According to some of his readership this is one of McCarry's lesser works so I'll give some others a try.