the rose, the flame, the stone, the fog, these are four of the best creations that morrell has achieved. i've read all of morrell's books until his 'burnt sienna' and 'double image' totally crashed my expectation of his new production. yes, after his 'extreme denial', i have given up his new books, but never never denied his early genius levelled works, i have to remind myself and strongly suggest to others that sometimes if you picked a recent work of some famous writers that disappointed you a lot, maybe you have to go back at least 5 to 10 years to search out their earlier works. people getting old, writers too. like robert ludlum, stephen hunter, fredrick forsyth, morrell's best works were before his 'double image', every one and all of them were(i should use present tense, are) great gifts to human civilizaion. we should read them without any prejudice, without any religious craziness like a reader gave this book just one star and spitted on morrell's great work. that's not fair and not even worthwhile as a unbias open-minded reader.