I loved the first two thrillers from James Barrington and bought this one as soon as it was released.
The previous works were a great blend of strong plotting with some fantastic characters, the main lead Richter in particular. Richter is a gritty, and effective agent and was like a breath of fresh air, as was the 'British' element to the books. A world where your expenses were checked and you stayed in cheap hotels. Past paced with crisp dialogue, the first two were a joy.
And so to Foxbat...
The naughty North Koreans have a cunning plan to move south into South Korea while ensuring that the USA are unable to support the South Korean defence. This plan involves obtaining a number old MIG 'Foxbats' from various sources and our old friend Richter is called in to investigate when the intelligence agencies realise that something is up.
Sadly, while still a solid techno-thriller, this does not live up to the previous novels. The blend of plot and characterisation is not as strong and the elements that made Richter such a delight are not as evident here. In Foxbat Richter comes over as just another efficient agent but without the world-weary sarcasm and lethal nastiness we have seen before and that is a real shame.
The author calls on his flying experience for some detailed scenes with a Harrier Jump Jet but over all this felt slightly rushed and slightly short. Don't get me wrong, this is still a good solid thriller but it falls a little short of being a stunner like the previous ones. Having said that, will I buy the next one as soon as it hits the shelves? Like a shot.