As with all series, you'll enjoy some instalments more than others. But I don't think Silva is capable of writing a bad book & for me, his novels are an annual must-read. He's a master story teller & this was one of the best of recent years.

The real time politics & thinly veiled versions of actual world figures make this a gripping & timely read. But at the bottom of it all is a poignant & personal story line that reminds us innocent people end up being collateral damage as presidents, kings & prime ministers play their games.

All the old gang is back as the plot unfolds across multiple countries. The author's extensive knowledge of the Middle East & spycraft is general provides the backdrop for a perfectly paced & absorbing read that not only entertains but shines a light on the state of current events.

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