​​​CODE NAME: PAPA


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From the September 2016 Issue
 
Code Name: Papa
John Murray as told to Sharron Murray, With Abby Jones
Archway Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4808-1945-0 (sc)     $20.99
ISBN: 978-1-4808-1946-7 (hc)     $37.95
ISBN: 978-1-4808-1947-4 (e)       $ 7.99
https://amzn.com/148081945X

 Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Code Name Papa isn’t that it’s part of a trilogy or that it’s a thriller, but is that it reads with the high drama and immediacy of fiction, yet represents the factual story of a family man who led a double life as a middle-class American father and a secret agent.
 Author John Murray worked his way up the ladder to head an international covert team charged with ridding the world of dangerous political enemies and terrorists. As an undercover agent, Murray traveled the world and faced down terrorists; but to his family he was anything but adventurous, dangerous, or cunning – he was a family man, and a Papa to his kids.
 Code Name Papa makes for especially riveting reading when one considers that his dual life often impacts his personal world in unexpected ways. His autobiography takes on thriller elements as it provides a page-turner that’s absorbing and hard to put down.

CODE NAME PAPA is part of a trilogy.


Coming next:

CODE NAME PAPA: Amy's Story

The story of my mentor, an amazing  woman ahead of her time.

Authors:  JOHN MURRAY (autobiography)

as told to Sharon Murray with Abby Jones

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RIVETING....EYE OPENING....CONTROVERSIAL!

Our Special Welcome



Here is the Best Thrillers review:


The Bottom Line: This rollicking spy memoir reads like a political thriller and takes no prisoners along the way.
Told in the first person, Code Name: Papa is the story of a covert operative who worked for various government agencies, including those in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere. Beginning with Papa's induction into the United States military in 1965, the book’s narrative globe trots through Vietnam, Cambodia, Germany, Russia, the Ukraine, Greece, Turkey and various American states over the course of several decades. 
The book amounts to a highlight reel of Papa’s missions. In his more memorable moments, Papa is a straight-up assassin. In one chapter, he and two other early-career operatives are sent to Germany to kill three high-ranking American officials who have been selling secrets to the Chinese. Later, he’s sent to get rid of three rogue soldiers in Arkansas. The utter lack of fanfare given to these records of brutality lends an unexpected layer of reality often missing in traditional mass market fiction, and the idea that such executions were endorsed - and subsequently covered up - by the government is nothing short of chilling. 
Not to be missed: a scene straight out of the X-Files, in which Papa investigates a UFO sighted by scores of witnesses, and a victim that appears to have been dissected by aliens. 
The first in a trilogy, Code Name: Papa is a book that will no doubt leave you wanting more. At times, that longing you may feel is a need for more detail - names, dates, anything that might lead you to the public record. But realize the omission of these details are probably the only thing that makes telling these stories possible. For now, let’s just hope that Papa delivers on the second book in the trilogy, and soon.

CODE NAME: PAPA

My Extraordinary Life while Hiding in Plain Sight

My lovely Wife Sharon passed away in July. I loved her so much. She was my life.

... and what our editor and others in the book world said about Code Name: Papa

​​"Your narrative style is so easygoing and conversational, I’d swear I was having a drink with you, rather than just reading your words. You blend action
and dialogue deftly, advancing the story at a good pace. It would be easy in a
book such as this to self-aggrandize, but you don’t. Instead, you relate what
happened and let the events speak for themselves. Nor do you try to manipulate how people will feel about what transpired. You share the details and let them decide for themselves."
 (our editor's initial response to our book)


"Holy moly, what a life this man has lived!  This has blockbuster written all over it!"  (one of Abby's previous editors in a different book field)​​


What people are already saying about

Code Name: Papa

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Latest reviews


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.

 

It will appear in the September issue of Midwest Book Review. We will send you a link to the feature once it is up



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.

 

It will appear in the September issue of Midwest Book Review. We will send you a link to the feature once it is up




"I always suspected stuff like this went on, but this book fleshed it out and made it real.  Wow!  Fascinating read all the way!"
- P.T. (male)


"Right off the bat, your book has a “cool factor.” You present a secret-agent vibe, a man of mystery and danger. For bonus points, it’s an autobiography, so you have instant credibility. You’re not just an armchair James Bond wannabe, fantasizing about the things you describe. You’re honest-to-God covert ops, and the stories you tell are the stuff of spy thrillers."

- A.P. (male)


“I thought I understood good and evil, until I read this book.  What an eye opener!  Now I realize the world is so much more complex than most of us could ever imagine and how some bad deeds, if applied properly, are good.”
- H. J. (female)


"I love this book as much as I loved American Sniper.  The protagonists and their jobs are  very different, yet both worked hard to help insure America's safety.  The crew's missions were amazing.  Papa rocks!"

- M. L. (male)


"This book kept me on the  edge of my reading chair.  Papa's story taught me a lot about our crazy world.  The book made me cringe, cry, laugh and ultimately made me proud of all the people who work so hard to make us safer."

- J.V. (female) 


"I picked this book up and was immediately intrigued by your listing of countries Papa and his crew worked in during this book.  I'm from Europe and my country was included!  I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to Amy's stories in Book 2."

R. G. (female)