Using a pseudonym for safety reasons, Vietnam vet, John Murray, a.k.a. Papa, spent the majority of his adult life working as a covert operative sanctioned by the U.S., Canadian and various European governments. As John became a part, and then the head, of this organization in the 1970s, his life was a constant struggle between the demands of his job, and his continuous attempts at protecting some semblance of a home life for himself and the family he had started before the war. It was his, and his crew's, responsibility to 'take care' of much of the world's evil—evil that could never have come to the public's attention. Now retired, he is living in a small rural Western town. As 'normal' as he tries to live, he will always be haunted by the visions of what he saw and what he tried to prevent or rectify.
Sharon was a retired business executive who has lived in many parts of the US and in Asia. Happily married to John for seven years, she had no idea about his work until she experienced his nightmares first-hand. After discussions about how she might help John, they decided to write his memoirs together, just as something to leave behind, unpublished. After several years of working on them, Sharon convinced John it was a story worth telling to the world.
We are sad to note that Sharon passed away in the summer of 2016, just as she and John were starting notes on Book 2. It is dedicated to her.
Gemma is a free-lance writer and editor who knew Sharon, and wanted to help John bring Book 2 to fruition after her passing. She helped him bring more of his experiences to the page, and to craft more of his incredible true stories into Book 2 of the Code Name: Papa series.
Gemma will continue to work with John to promote his books and possibly to write more in the future.
Due to the sensitive nature of John's work over the past four decades, everyone involved in the publication of this book is using a pseudonym to protect us and our families. In addition, we have given pseudonyms to the agents in this book, even those who have passed, as their families were always unaware of the actual work John's crew did. We've also changed a few locations, but not all. We expect that some of our European readers may recognize some of the missions we covered in the book, especially readers in the UK and France.