The Shanghai Factor

The Shanghai Factor

Charles McCarry is widely considered one of the greatest espionage writers of the all-time, and in The Shanghai Factor he returns to his roots with an absorbing tale of global skulduggery that leaves the reader guessing at every turn. A young, unnamed spy is living in Shanghai in order to observe and absorb the culture and language so as to aid a shadowy U.S. agency known o Charles McCarry is widely considered one of the greatest espionage writers of the all-time, and in The Shanghai Facto...

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Title:The Shanghai Factor
Author:Charles McCarry
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0802121276
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Shanghai Factor Reviews

  • Brian
    Mar 13, 2013
    Nice spy novel incorporating double agents and lots of deception. But I have to admit that I was disappointed to have figured out the "bad guy" pretty early in the story. I guess I've read too much Agatha Christie to trust those I'm supposed to trust. ...
  • Mitchell
    Jul 22, 2013
    Paul Christopher, he's not, but this nameless narrator drags us willynilly to the end. I got up in the middle of the night to read half a dozen more chapters and then before the crack of dawn to finish it. Nameless is a bit repulsive and this is where I like repulsive characters -- in ...
  • Victoria
    Jan 12, 2017
    This Shanghai-U.S. East Coast-based spy thriller is reminiscent of the early works of John le Carré, where the question always is, Whom can you trust? And the answer: no one. At least that?s how the unnamed narrator, a new CIA recruit, chooses to operate. Paranoia 101. Throughout, i...
  • Larry
    Jun 14, 2013
    McCarry's book captures the paranoid insularity of counter-intelligence work and the people who are drawn to it. The book has limited action, but high tension. It also offers a fascinating picture of Chinese culture as seen through the eyes of a Mandarin-speaking non-Chinese. It's ongo...
  • False
    Jan 03, 2018
    I am reading all of Charles McCarry right now. An excellent espionage book set in Shanghai with frequent trips back to the power cities of the East Coast: new York, Boston and Washington, D.C. A young spy (nameless and the narrator) working for a shadowy U.S. agency is approached by an...
  • Vikas Datta
    Jan 28, 2014
    A taut spy story that maintains its pace (until the denouement when it seems a little hurried) and portrays the ultimate nightmare - who can you ultimately trust? ...
  • Soukyan Blackwood
    Jul 09, 2019
    all reviews in one place: night mode reading ; skaitom nakties rezimu About the Book: A nameless American spy placed in Shanghai with bare orders: learn the language, absorb the culture. Avoid other Caucasians, especially other Americans. Which turns out hard to do, for any ot...
  • Rich
    Jul 16, 2015
    "Better than John Le Carre" according to Lee Child. Bollocks is it. ...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    Feb 20, 2013
    The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry is the first novel I've read by this author. He needs no introduction given his plethora of other books on the subject of espionage so I'll begin with stating I enjoyed reading this book a lot. Our nameless hero is narrating the story as he travel...
  • John Kaye
    Mar 28, 2018
    A re-read, in preparation for reading The Mulberry Bush, McCarry's most recent, which I have been saving for a couple of years. I virtually never re-read, so this was unusual, and a pleasure, because although I started with no remembrance, as I read on, most of it came back, but I stil...
  • John
    Jun 25, 2013
    Read this on Anthony Bourdain's Twitter recommendation: "Charles McCarry?s latest, 'Shanghai Factor' a glorious spy novel. Witty, knowing. Delicious." The first half had potential but it devolved into a boring, predictable mess. The writing is a classic example of why "show not tell"...
  • Sue
    Jun 08, 2013
    The Shanghai Factor starts out strong as a spy thriller. I was immediately sucked into the story of the unnamed narrator in Shanghai and his adventures in espionage. This is summer reading at its best: you are transported to another country, a dangerous exotic locale where even speakin...
  • Philip
    Aug 08, 2019
    Well, this was just hugely disappointing. I've heard so many good things about McCarry lately - who unfortunately died this past February - and I really enjoyed The Miernik Dossier, his first book (and first in the Paul Christopher series) written way back in 1973. But this book, his s...
  • Aric
    Apr 13, 2019
    There is no such thing as a bad or below average Charles McCarry book. There's not a wasted sentence or paragraph in his stories. Most of the plot takes place in Shanghai and Manhattan. The astute and stylishly descriptive writing makes both of these cities come alive as if you're actu...
  • Brandon Gryder
    Jul 19, 2013
    A new Charles Mccarry book is a major event in my opinion. My favorite author. Period. Runs circles around Lecarre and Littell, better than Furst. America's greatest writer of espionage. His books are as literary as any books out there. Yes, he is that good. "The Shanghai Factor" i...
  • Pete
    Dec 07, 2018
    The writing here was good and I enjoyed the author's use of humor but the story is one that will be forgotten within a day of reading. I kept expecting some dramatic event to occur but nothing happens. ...
  • Nigel
    Oct 31, 2017
    This is a well written subtle spy novel, exploring more, the tradecraft of the profession than the shootings and explosions of Bond or Bourne. I wouldn?t suggest that if you?re a fan of the latter it?s not for you, but be warned.... Three observations from other readers. One, ...
  • Jim Carroll
    Jun 23, 2013
    Mr McCarry has no equal in this genre. This book was un-put-downable. Anyone who enjoys this genre should begin with "The Tears of Autumn." Superb. As a former deep undercover operative, his novels are as much truth as fiction. His plot development is powerful yet sublime. Protagonists...
  • Amit Tiwary
    Sep 23, 2015
    This is a simple yet brilliant spy thriller. It keeps you hooked till the end. Is it in the league of John Le Carre? Probably yes. The narration of John Le Carre ones are bit complex, superbly pitched, rich, and very British. Here it is simple and lucid. This book should appeal to you ...
  • Barry Sierer
    Apr 13, 2014
    This book was not what I had hoped for in a spy novel set in China. It comes with a couple of key illusions. The first is the illusion that this book involves a lot of ?tradecraft?, when it is really focused on psychology. There is little discussion of the technical aspects of esp...
  • Darwin8u
    Aug 31, 2013
    All the top-shelf spy fiction seems to be written by former intelligence officers. I'm not sure if there is some retirement program (some post-retirement class or retreat) that involves teaching former CIA agents how to write spy-genre fiction. McCarry's most recent novel is a good ble...
  • Debbie
    Feb 04, 2019
    Nicely-rendered, credible spy thriller. ...
  • Michael Martz
    May 10, 2017
    If you're an avid fan of 'spy' fiction and you love the tradecraft, cat & mouse games, chess-like thinking, and other aspects of these novels that make them so interesting, you'll love Charles McCarry's 'The Shanghai Factor'. In addition to all the building blocks that make great s...
  • James R Jackson III
    Jun 10, 2019
    First rate No author since John LeCarre has spun my head around like that. Did I not understand the premise? When the author gives what the American reader demands, he has to write the solution with a Crayola. I think I'll buy another. No one will know how thick I am. ...
  • Charles Dingman
    May 16, 2017
    A terrific spy story from his own point of view. He is a patriot, perhaps accidentally, and a spy, seemingly because other lives seem pale or futile. A chameleon, he looks for others acting inimically to his country. I felt the vertigo of reorientation as possible alternative scenarios...
  • Rita Berk
    Mar 30, 2019
    McCarry wrote wonderful espionage stories. In his books, nothing and no one are what they seem. ?Suspicion, prudence, deception. The three muses of the craft. ? Fun to read with twists and turns. A couple of mistakes worth noting: the narrator flew into New York twice? once to Du...
  • Douglas Sainsbury
    Jul 26, 2019
    This is my third McCarry novel and I enjoyed the story as told through the eyes and mind of our unnamed protagonist. The CIA efforts to combat adversaries in China involve many relationships and chess-match moves. The narrator guides us through his experiences in his attempt to sort ou...
  • Alik Tam
    Dec 07, 2018
    If you're into spy thrillers this one will definitely peak your interest. I say "peak your interest" rather than "you'll like it" because, well, it's not all that it promises to be. There is a good story here. A lot of in-depth descriptions of people, places and things. However, it ...
  • Lynn Horton
    Nov 14, 2018
    This is my first foray into McCarry's spy thrillers, and I enjoyed it more for the setting than for the character development. I'm unfamiliar with China?one of the few places about which I can say that?so the author's descriptions intrigued me. One of our children speaks Mandarin, ...
  • Keith**BookReviewing24/7**
    Oct 03, 2018
    I came to this book with no expectations other than really enjoying Old Boys about 5yrs ago. I was slightly disappointed this wasn't a book involving Horace Christopher from Old Boys. Perhaps I'm misremembering but I seem to recall really liking that character way back when I read my...