I first heard of this book when AJ Quinnell had an interview with the Guardian newspaper, and from the sypnopsis of the book, I thought it sounded pretty good. I have previously been a fan of thriller novels, such as the Tom Clancy books, but this book amazed me.
The first few chapters are pretty slow-going, but when it gets going, it's very exiting.
When a former Soldier of Fortune; Creasy, gets a job protecting the daughter of a wealthy Italian family, he forms a shield of resistance towards everyone. However, as time goes on Pinta (the young girl) weasals her way into his heart. So when a group of kidnappers snatch her from Creasy outside her school, he goes on a rampage to kill everyone and everything that was in any way involved.
The writing is so effective, that you care about the characters, you want Creasy to be triumphant, you will feel his pain, and you WILL cry at the end.
You also feel that the Author, AJ Quinnell, knows what he is talking about when he describes weapons, the Italian crime Labyrinth, and Creasy's military history. This makes the novel even more compelling
This is a great book with a heart, a brain, and a nasty streak a mile wide.