Marc's mission from the State Department is to find out who is funding the Iranian nuclear program. He has a lead - the money trail involves the sale of high-end art. He is nearly blown up in a gallery in Geneva just as he sees Kitra, the Israeli nurse with whom he had a brief relationship in the previous novel. She had had a mysterious phone call instructing her to go to Geneva and warn Marc of danger.
two work together, even though their relationship is strained. They
try to follow the money trail, teaming up with Swiss law enforcement.
Adding to the tension is a time constraint. A ship with unknown cargo
has left North Korea and its whereabouts unknown. The U.S. military
leadership is bent on making a big mistake by boarding the ship when
it surfaces. Marc is convinced it is a decoy, but he has to find the
real shipment and prevent its use before it is too late. The action
moves to the Middle East as the novel progresses.
is a fast paced international thriller. People from several nations
work together to keep Iran from completing their terrorist act. There
is lots of action along with the troubled progressive romance between
Marc and Kitra.
were a few concerns I had about the novel. One is that Kitra and the
female high-end art broker who is helping Marc are left alone to
attend a gallery event. They had already been attacked once and I was
surprised Marc did not arranged protection in such a public place.
Well, of course, they are attacked again (duh) and Marc has to rush
to save them (he was talking with his law enforcement friends).
Another issue is that a very wealthy person provides Marc with all
the extras he needs. That just seemed a little too convenient. I also
had some difficulty getting a sense of the locations, perhaps from
lack of description.
are issues that I felt detracted from the novel but it is still an
exciting one. Faith is a prominent aspect of this novel, from the
individual faith of Marc and Kitra to the collective faith of the
Christians gathering for worship that are from many nations. It was
very interesting to learn of the plight of Arab Christians in the
Middle East. People who like international political thrillers will
like this one.
Bunn is an award-winning novelist and a lecturer in creative
writing at the University of Oxford. His books have sold nearly seven
million copies worldwide. He and his wife divide their time between
the English countryside and the coast of Florida. To learn more,
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received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for
the purpose of this review.