Book Review: Code Name Papa by John Murray

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Genre: Biography, Memoir
Book Name: Code Name: Papa
My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight
Author: John Murray as told to Sharon Murray with Abby Jones
Pages: 313
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Archway Publishing

Ever wondered how people like you in your school or the ones you knew turned out to be so heroic in their real life (not reel life, mind it!) post they joined Army, Navy, NSG etc. This book just gives a glimpse into their life and the pressures they face even after they have left the services. With John Murray visiting each act of the past, it felt like he was going through a bad trauma of the past, with jokes in between just trying to ease off the situation. There are so many people in India too still living under such sufferings – physically and mentally and they are still brave enough to face the bombs and guns again.

Code Name Papa is a biography of a war veteran and that too of a covert affair for which even the government cannot possibly claim of having such people on their payroll. Engaging, short dialogues with scenes unfolding across countries, the book is a delight to read. Reminds me of a Bollywood movie Baby in some scenes. However, it is written in a stuttering way, which hampers the tone and flow for the reader.

Recommended for all those willing to work for your government in extreme situations. All the best!

Excerpt from the back cover of the book:
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.

About the author:
John Murray is a Vietnam veteran who spent most of his adult life working as an undercover agent for the United States, Canada, and various European governments. He lives with his wife in a small, rural Western town, but he remains haunted by the visions of what he saw, tried to prevent or rectify.

Sharon Murray is a retired business executive who has lived in the United States and abroad. After helping John write his memoirs, she convinced him that they were worth sharing with the world.

Abby Jones is the author of several books and has written for numerous magazines. She lives on the West Coast and has traveled extensively.


Rating: 8/10

About Alka

Trying to just make some sense out of things and put some sense into me!! :) :) :)

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