I have been a fan of Stephen Leather for years now and have read all of his books, but i feel that this one was just a nice read and nothing more.
Why? basically because it is just too pat and smooth. The grit and excitement of his previous books is just missing. If this is your first Stephen Leather novel, then i am sure will enjoy it.
The book is basically two stories interwoven. The first sees our hero Dan Shepard hitching up with some very clever bank robbers who live in seedy Pattaya and every now and then pop over to blighty to do some audacious roberry's. Dan's job is to ingratiate himself with the robbers and then working with them get them caught red-handed by the good guys (gals) SOCA- "Charlie" Button. As a stand-alone this is a great read and in the books last pages it all comes to an expected climax with a little twist as Dan finally gets involved with a bunch of home-grown terrorists who are determined to pull off the perfect terrorist attack in London.
This is where i find fault with the book. Mr Leather could have written a seperate story just about the terrorists and left it at that. By intertwining the two stories he weakens the whole book, as it is just too much to take in. Think of it like a good cake with too much sugar.Great cake but just a little bit less sugar and it would be supberb.
Having said all this the last two sentences of the book are really neat and i wont spoil it for you.
All in all a good read, but i have come to expect more of great author !