Those of us who enjoy historical and contemporary thrillers with an emphasis on international intrigue are blessed with a surfeit of great contributors: Alan Furst, Phillip Kerr, Olen Steinhauer and, of course, the continuing contributions of John LeCarre. Allan Topol is not close to joining their ranks with his utterly unbelievable Craig Page novels. The basic premises of the Spanish Revenge defy credulity: an American heading a European agency; his girlfriend, a famous reporter, becoming an active participant in his activities; an invasion of Spain by an army of Islamist extremists. As if that werent enough, the characters are crudely drawn, amazingly clueless for such supposed heavyweights and not particularly likeable. In short, I was very disappointed and will not be buying another of these books. I recommend others do the same.