Every so often a thriller comes along that is truly unputdownable. They are few and far between, but this is certainly one of them. The book begins with a real bang - there are murders, kidnappings and several bombs go off in London. It seems as though the city is under attack, but the reality is that the bombs are merely cover for the real mission, which is to storm the Stanhope Hotel on Park Lane. The government is given demands, with the threat that the terrorists will blow up the building if they are not met.
Although the hostage situation is interesting enough, with many sympathetic characters to relate to; including Martin Dalston, who has inoperable cancer and was planning his suicide in the hotel, Elena Serenko, the duty manager at the hotel who has just got engaged and an American tourist, Abby Levinson and her young son, there is a lot more going on in the storyline. There are tensions between the gang of terrorists, personal stresses that the newly promoted Deputy Assistant Commissioner Arley Dale has to cope with, a very important hostage with very sensitive classified information and, also a man in the hotel who had planned a crime of his own and now finds himself trapped.
This novel is hard hitting, fast moving and exciting. It is also extremely well written, with great dialogue and characters. I enjoyed this very much. It is the first book that I have read by this author, but I am sure it will not be the last.