The Better Angels

The Better Angels

In a presidential election year, a liberal was pitted against a die-hard conservative in a political race that turned to a race of death. A cast of flambouyant characters including a TV anchorman, a radical beauty, a British operative, and a computer whiz all knew a bit of the truth that could shatter both candidates....

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Title:The Better Angels
Author:Charles McCarry
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Better Angels
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Better Angels Reviews

  • gaby
    Nov 08, 2010
    I love Charles McCarry. But this is not his finest work. It follows the goings ons of his famous spy Paul Christopher's American cousins, who are well-heeled and politically important. It is dismal as science fiction, supposedly set in a then-distant 1990's where the social order remai...
  • Robert
    Jun 01, 2011
    I prefer the movie that was made from this book, WRONG IS RIGHT - as much as that was marketed as 'satire' at the time (1982), the actual novel probably would've been considered straight fantasy. In both cases, the resemblence to current day events goes way beyond 'prophesy'; and the e...
  • Brigham
    Feb 12, 2009
    This book could have been so good. It's written with precise knowledge by an ex CIA agent about an assassination of an Arab leader, who they suspected was keeping WMDs, only to come up short. The president and his closest adviser were put to the line for this murder in a close election...
  • Corey
    Dec 11, 2013
    McCarry writes spy novels but each one transcends the genre and each in its own idiosyncratic way. This is one of his best (it is not a Paul Christopher--McCarry's oft-used main character-- novel, though it says so on the cover). McCarry writes spy fiction the way Don DeLillo, or Antho...
  • Tom
    Jan 16, 2009
    The Better Angels steal an election while Arab terrorists blow themselves up in a scheme to steal the election. This McCarry book is termed the prophetic thriller, as the terrorists become human bombs. But where's the airplane promoted in the book sleeve? The political nature of this ...
  • Ron
    Nov 08, 2008
    Reading this one right before the Obama/McCain election was more than a little creepy. I've only read a few McCarry novels, but the ones I've read I loved, and I'd been hearing about the "prophetic" aspects of this one for years now. And that's true to SOME extent -- yes, there he was ...
  • Tom
    May 07, 2013
    I'm going back and filling in the Charles McCarry espionage novels I haven't yet read. He's a terrific writer, standing alongside Alan Furst and a cut below John LeCarre, but this one doesn't quite stand up to some of his others I've reviewed here. ...
  • Lou
    Apr 09, 2012
    Just OK ...
  • Brian Christy
    Apr 25, 2015
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  • False
    Jan 08, 2018
    Many readers-reviewers have noted this is not a Paul Christopher seried novel, and I have tried to remove that data from the entry. If it doesn't appear to take, I'll contact Good Reads and alert them to change it. No Paul Christopher in sight, unfortunately. Set in Washington, D.C. an...
  • Georgia Roybal
    Apr 21, 2013
    Being a political junkie, I enjoyed reading this book. I am not crazy about anything set in the future, however. It was easy to read and enjoyable. ...
  • Franc
    Jun 22, 2015
    I've been a huge fan of McCarry and his Paul Christopher novels, but Better Angels is definitely a misstep for him. The lack of Paul Christopher isn?t the issue. Part of the problem is this book was published in 1978 and set in 1998 (something that is never quite clear at the outset....
  • Boris Feldman
    Oct 07, 2018
    His worst. ...
  • Alex
    May 26, 2014
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  • Christopher Culp
    Aug 17, 2012
    Not quite one of the Paul Christopher books for which McCarry is so justifiably praised, this nevertheless rates as one of his best works in my view. The book deals less with espionage and more with politics, but McCarry does it with panache and great effectiveness, leading us to care ...
  • Matt Haynes
    Sep 29, 2014
    This was slow at the beginning, but got better as it went on. ...
  • Ingo
    Apr 19, 2012
    Saw the movie a long time ago, feat. Sean Connery as a TV-Anchorman or reporter and our own Hardy Krueger as a German Arms-Dealer, also Leslie Nielsen and per IMDB Jennifer Jason-Leigh, though I cannot remember their part (Wrong Is Right 1982). At the time it was a bit over the top and...
  • Billy
    May 11, 2015
    2.5. Have loved every McCarry I have read, but this did not do it for me. Only really liked one or two characters. ...
  • Ann Repetto
    Jun 06, 2019
    only got to page 80. Not a Paul Christopher. More importantly not a very good story. Couldn't stick with it. ...
  • Richard Toscan
    Aug 20, 2013
    Charles McCrarry is a fine writer. His masterpiece is the multi-book cycle tracing the history of the intelligence agent Paul Christopher's family from the rise of the Nazi Party through the 1970's with a thru-line of the founding of the what will eventually be called the CIA and the C...
  • Sherrill Watson
    Jan 20, 2014
    Published in 1979. There is a quote from Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address: "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this gross land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again...
  • Rick Gibson
    Sep 23, 2015
    Pretty ropey stuff for a novelist with a middling to good track record in spy fiction. The anachronisms are forgivable for a novel written in the late seventies but what increasingly breaks this book's back are naive politics, a stultifying lack of pace, hagiographic characterisation a...
  • Stuart Phillips
    Apr 11, 2016
    Didn't enjoy this as the other books, ...
  • Gerald
    Jul 08, 2019
    It's hard to belive how somebody can jump from wrighting greatly entertainig books to something as boring as this book. Basically it's a 50 page short story wrapped in 300 pages of .... something ...
  • Simon
    Dec 25, 2015
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  • Beth Cogswell
    Apr 01, 2019
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  • Joel Benford
    Dec 05, 2015
    A decent spy story buried in great rafts of clumsily-delivered extraneous characterization. At times it is fascinating, usually when it's being a spy novel. Too often it goes into long (i.e. whole chapter) descriptions of how somebody is taking option B because of the way their moth...
  • Jack Heath
    Mar 20, 2019
    Synopsis: a liberal was running against a conservative for President in a race of death. Flamboyant characters including Paul Christopher. ...
  • Bowdoin
    Feb 07, 2019
    Reader in group- The book I am currently reading is Charles McCarry's The Better Angels. I say this with no small sense of regret, since I've been reading this book for at least nine months. More accurately, I've been not reading it for at least nine months. It perhaps comes as no surp...
  • Jak60
    Mar 19, 2017
    Despite this book is categorised as one of the Paul Christopher espionage books, let's clarify that The Better Angels is more a political than an espionage novel (with some intriguing inroads into sci-fi with a slight scent of Orwell's 1984) and it does not feature Paul Christopher. Th...