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VINE VOICEon 29 November 2002
Ann Maxwell does a good job here, turning what could be a silly excuse in to a workable plot line. When I read the cover blurb, I was a bit put off, because of the chase for an ancient piece of silk. So what. But the author does a good job explaining why this piece of silk is important, and why so many people want it. A really tricky piece of work.
Danielle (Dani) Warren first meets Shane Crowe in Lhasa (Tibet) when he rescues her from a raid by the People's Republic of China (PRC) army on her black market dealings, which she has resorted to to save a very fine pice of silk, which also happens to be a piece of the historical Buddha's robe. Shane has been hired to recover the silk by the sect of monks from which it was stolen. Shane gets her out of Tibet, but stays himself in order to try and find the silk again.
About one month later, Shane and Dani meet again in Washington DC when his company hires Dani as an expert in textiles, and specifically this silk. The two then go off to try to recover the silk, and gather information on their enemies.
For those that have read 'The Ruby' Risk Limited makes a return appearance, with a much greater role for Cassandra Redpath and Gillie. This book has a lot of flesh on its bones, making the problems faced by the protagonists seem urgent, and sweeping the reader along with the narative. The danger that the two characters face is immedeate. Maxwell's writing shines in this book. Her fans definately get their money's worth out of this book.
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