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The Shanghai Factor [Hardcover]

Charles McCarry
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Book Description

1 July 2013

An American spy in China. Name: Unknown. Status: Sleeper.

He's meant to be laying low, polishing his Mandarin and awaiting further instructions from Washington. But Shandhai is a difficult city to sleep in, especially when his nights are taken over by the seductive but enigmatic Mei - a woman with secrets he'd rather not hear.

Then he is tasked with a delicate operation. Infiltrate the core of the Chinese intelligence service. Distinguish friend from foe. Report to a single contact at HQ. Trust no one. Tell no one.

Pushed out into the cold, in a city of millions he's suddenly very, very alone.

But in Shanghai city you're never truly alone. Faceless strangers linger in the shadows, watching your every move. No one is safe from the Guoanbu. Not even a spy with no name...

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781855099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781855096
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you do not read another spy novel this year, read this one, it will not disappoint.' Daily Mail.

'Charles McCarry is the best modern writer on the subject of intrigue' P.J. O'Rourke.

'There is no better American spy novelist' Time Magazine.

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A new spy thriller from ex-CIA agent Charles McCarry. 'McCarry ranks up there with Le Carre in a select class of two.' Daily Mail.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 1 Aug 2013
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It's inevitable on forums that all competent authors engaged in the espionage genre are compared with the peerless LeCarre'. LeCarre' plots are symmetrical and flawless. If your'e prepared to give The Shanghai Factor a few temporary suspensions of belief you will enjoy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Soulless Shanghai 15 April 2014
By nickyb
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What a let down. Simply can't believe some of my favourite writers really thought this was such a good novel. Unbelievable, poorly written and extremely tedious. And after all the intrigue the story was wrapped and tied up within a couple of pages! Ridiculous. Don't waste your time just read Le Carre, or Kerr or Nesbo.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Implausible 3 Sep 2013
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
So an unnamed junior American spy is sent, alone, to Shanghai on a mission to infiltrate the Chinese intelligence machine. He speaks only rudimentary Chinese (though it improves whenever the plot requires it) and he can't understand the Shanghainese dialect. He has no obvious income or reason to have been granted a Chinese visa. He happens to bump into a Chinese agent, literally, whom he immediately identifies as such and they fall into bed.

It could happen, I suppose...

Couldn't it?

The writing is awful - words of one syllable with no nuance. There is no attempt to use a plausible voice; for example the lead character refers to himself as a spy. He has a one track mind with his brains in his trousers. Classy. The author seems to have no understanding of the intelligence community, the way it works or the people who work within it. There is no understanding of politicis, either of the international or the office variety. The Shanghai Factor might work as a comic novel if only it didn;t take itself quite so seriously.

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 July 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
To be honest with you I was expecting something pretty solid in this spy thriller from Charles McCarry as I've loved a lot of the books that Head of Zeus have sent me, however whilst this was set up to be a cracking spy thriller set in China, it was a story that felt more like something written in the past rather than a modern story as I felt that the female characters were not only there as a distraction rather than characters in their own right.

They were flat, they were little more than a sexual diversion and to be honest it left me feeling more than flat at the overall book. Don't get me wrong, there were some moments of brilliance within, the description worked wonderfully and when added to some of the quick twists did work well, however all round, I was left feeling more than a little underwhelmed at the overall book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 22 Oct 2013
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fabulous book a great read makes you want to go to shanghai one of the better books from kindles daily deal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and timely 5 Oct 2013
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Whilst not as good as his earliest books - The Tears of Autumn and The Miernick Dossier are truly 5* - I enjoyed this very much. I thought the corrupt, secretive Chinese state was brought out very well indeed and I hope that other writers will move to this new 'geographic battleground' .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 20 Sep 2013
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One very good read, very hard to put down, wake up to to thinking about the plot and the possible out come ( excellent)
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