This book by Chris Ryan is just as good as all the others. The writing is detailed, but does not bog you down or pointless facts or slow your reading pace. The detail paints vivid pictures to make you feel in the action and present in the situations, both emotionally and physically. This book has less action than I remember from other books of his I have read. Just less than the first half of the book sets the stage for the major drama of the book. This half, while not full of any action or battles, is full of suspense which for the moment you are reading it feels just as good. When the main event of the book does take place it does so across country lines and is a life and death situation involving secrecy, deceit, a threat to the national security of two nations, and a thrilling rescue mission. As you near the end it does not seem as if there are enough pages to neatly wrap up all lose ends, but Chris Ryan manages to do just that. All stories entertained during the novel are revisited and closed appropriately, however it is not done in a way that seems rushed. I recommend this book to anyone who loves military stories, suspense stories, or stories likely based on the true memories of a former special forces soldier.