After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, life seems to be getting quieter for maverick Federal Agent John Corey. Professionally sidelined, away from his wife, and partnered up with a young, good-looking rookie named Tess, Corey is saddled with a dead-end job running easy surveillance on a group of Russian U.N delegates in New York City.
But then his subjects slip the net. Tess starts acting suspiciously, and an old, dangerous foe reappears. With Russia resurgent and a clear and present danger in his own back yard, suddenly Corey's life hits the fast lane once again.
This is DeMille's seventh John Corey thriller, and whether you are already an avid fan of the series or a new reader it doesn’t matter as DeMille's protagonist has a whole lot of charm and wit about him that you get to know this character very quickly.
DeMille has packed a lot into the plot as it is set only over 24 hours but it ends the way it begins, at a fair pace and it is very hard to put down. The story is told from the point of view of Corey, but it is split into different parts so the reader also gets to see the action from the point of view of the Russian bad guys.
This is very much a cat and mouse plot that leads to plenty of tension as you reach the end of the story. DeMille's easy writing style means that this book can be devoured within a couple of sittings, and Corey's wit and dry humour throughout sets the tone very nicely. An excellent thriller, fact paced and full on action perfect for a holiday read.