It is hard to believe that Macomber's books keep getting better, but they do! In this, the sixth novel of the series, Our LtCmdr Peter Wake has experienced the political pitfalls of Washington, the dangerous jungles of Panama, and a protracted war in the eastern Pacific, where he is officialy a neutral observer. His neutrality becomes almost impossible to maintain as the war between Chili, Bolivia, and Peru, loses its last chance for peace. Back in Washington his home life has also taken a turn for the worse. This book is impossible to put down.