I've now read all of Falconer's Stratton Series, and this one, certainly out of the last three, had my adrenaline pumping from start to finish. I feel it's certainly one of, if not, his best so far. The main focus of the story is the link between the El Shabaab terrorist network, and Somali pirates. This isn't new ground, as Matt Lynn, Andy McNab and Stephen Leather have each penned novels along the same line. But none of them have Stratton at the centre.
John Stratton, elite Special Boat Service and Secret Intelligence Service operative, is a man who barely thinks twice before risking his life in order to get the job done. He's fiercely independent, sometimes to his detriment, and this is one theme that Falconer explores with his protagonist in this instalment of the Stratton adventures.
Falconer manages to keep the pace going, like a good greyhound. There are minimal flashbacks or cuts to other character's stories, which can often interrupt the flow of the story. Falconer manages to include many nods to modern soldiering, as well as the attitudes and egos of the Special Forces. He is competent at weaving in the twists and turns that a story like this needs to keep the reader entertained.
If you've read Falconer's previous offerings, you'll be pleased to know that this is better than some of them, which fell way below par. If you've never read a Falconer novel, here's as good a place to start as any - though I highly recommend you read them in order.