Harry Jones, that omnipotent modern hero ready to rush where angels fear to tread and save humanity from itself, is on the move again. This time he, with a band of confederates, has focused his attention on rescuing an old buddy, Zac, from the clutches of a central Asian tinpot dictatorship where he is being held in an impenetrable prison as an unfriendly. Heading the mission to rescue Zac from certain death, Harry is only repaying a debt from years before when his friend saved his wife during a boat accident on the Thames. It doesn't matter that the incident happened twenty years ago, Harry is a man of honor who will do anything humanly possible to return the favour. This story becomes a fascinating journey into a shady world that is extremely backward, dangerous, and corrupt. If that isn't enough, there is serious political opposition coming from those in high places back home who aren't comfortable with the idea of Harry intruding on their private schemes to profit from supporting foreign tyrants. Beside contending with cruel, sadistic prison officials and corrupt national leaders planning to seize government when the time is right, Harry faces a bigger, more ominous system where connection in high places in Britain are prepared to throw him under the bus if that is what it takes to protect their dirty, illegal investments in grubby old Ta'argistan. The price Harry is willing to endure to remain a principled individual amidst such moral torpor - incredible privations, loss of friendship, and betrayal is only superceded by his masterful skill in getting out of tight corners. Once again, another well-written, fast-paced thriller of an adventure that has you guessing to the end. There are many angles to this superman's life, and he thoughtfully uses everyone to make the world a safer place in which to live.