This is the eighteenth and, at the moment, last novel written by Craig Thomas. It's a little sad to think that he's done with his writting carrer. But at least he went out with a pretty good novel, featuring his character Patrick Hyde, no less. Although his novels written in the 90's were missing a little something from his cold war era novels, this one was one of his better post-cold war efforts.
Where we last left Patrick Hyde, he had moved back home to Australia with his girlfriend Ros. Ros is becoming sucessful with her business, and Hyde is helping out Australian Intelligence involving a drugs ring and Burma. When things get rough he goes back to England to see if his old boss Kenneth Aubrey can help him out. But Aubrey has his own problems, and just maybe their problems are connected. Craig also brought back some sub-plots from his previous novel, A Different War, particularly those involving British MP Marion Pyott and David Winterborne. Like in A Different War, there's a lot of political/economical things going on that can be hard to follow at times, because it's somewhat boring, but it all eventually makes sense.
In the end, it's a pretty good Craig novel. Hyde is always fun to follow on his adventures, and we even get some quick appearances from Godwin and Cass, characters from previous novels, even if they were mere cameos. I also found Marion's story easier to follow this time around than in A Different War. The novel of course includes the recurring "man hunt" plot device which Craig has used masterfully in many of his books.
I'd love to see Craig publish more novels, whether it's what Hyde and Aubrey are up to these days (if Aubrey hasn't died yet, he must be getting up there), or even setting the novels in the past, which I think would be a great route to go with and could open up so many possibilites. But if that day never comes, then we still have eighteen novels from Craig Thomas to revisit from time to time. Thanks Craig, and see ya 'round...