I really enjoyed this book! This "every-day person who gets caught up in political intrigue" story is a good, political thriller that is both unique and well told. Aside from excellent character development I enjoyed the strength of each of the three seemingly disparate stories that wove their way into one very compelling story. Each of the three stories, complex in their own right, has the strength to stand on their own, as could also be found with the story "Traffic". For me "By A Thread" compares with the "The Da Vinci Code" as far as it being a fast-paced thriller with unique religious overtones. For me what sets this book apart from the "The Da Vinci Code" is, while both are page turners as far as action is concerned, it has a level of character development that exceeds what is found in "The Da Vinci Code". In that regard this is a more complete story. "By A Thread", while a political thriller, is also an enjoyable spy novel that, while takes place on multiple continents, mainly takes place in Vienna, Austria. For me Vienna is an excellent location as it was once the veritable crossroads of cold war spy and espionage stories, whether real or fiction (i.e., "The Third Man"). In this case the context of the spying is current. What is interesting about this story is it provides conflict at various levels within the three distinct stories, is educational, forces the reexamination of stereotypes, is current and can be viewed as eerily close to reality; thus great fiction and compelling story telling. The other nice thing about the characters in "By A Thread" is they are the "every-day person", meaning I can easily identify with them! I feel like I have picked up new friends in Kevin, Jassim and Devore. I wish the press would take note of Devore's efforts and follow suit! "By A Thread" is well done and an excellent read! I can easily see this being made into a movie.