As a sequel this book is a total success. In some spots it's better than the first entry in the series. The action never really falters at anytime during the novel and builds to an exciting climax while leaving an opening for the next entry.
What is over the top is, a trained surgeon who works with "Doctors Without Borders" being able to run around Europe with everyone from Interpol to "News of the World" looking out for him, escaping by hiding in trucks crossing borders, hijacking boats, stealing motorcycles, evading trained professionals, subduing trained agents, ferreting out 'black ops' before national security agencies, etc. This guy makes James Bond and Jason Bourne look like amateurs. I expecting that in one of the latter sequels we find out that he is a trained agent.
Though the relationship between Ransom and his wife Emma is presented as a love story, it's hard to believe that at some point they don't kill each other or run off together. The idea that "Emma" wants to protect Ransom by getting out of his life is in itself hard to fathom considering how she uses him.
The one part of the story that is very well done and should be continued in it's own series is the relationship between Colonel Graves (of MI5) and DCI Ford (of the Metropolitan Police Force). Reich seems to favor them in many ways during the story and they remind me of the two cops in Deborah Crombie's books. Take away all the espionage and daring-do and they seem the most real.
Nice addition to his growing portfolio.
Zeev BM Halevi