The President is coming to London, but not to an entirely warm welcome. A fanatical mullah is offering a blessing to anyone who will assassinate the President, and though most London Muslims think the mullah has crossed the line, a few think otherwise.
Urgently, Sean Dillon, General Charles Ferguson, and the rest of the small band known as the "Prime Minister's private army" are called in, augmented by an extraordinary new recruit, an intelligence captain and Afghan war hero named Sara Gideon. She has her own deep contacts, but the more she investigates, the more she discovers herself in a very dark place indeed.
For the assassination plan is only the beginning. . . .
Capt. Sara Gideon, "a brilliant linguist" just home from a rough tour in Afghanistan, joins the can-do ranks of Great Britain's anti-terrorism squad, the so-called "Prime Minister's private army," in bestseller Higgins's rousing if predictable 19th thriller featuring former IRA enforcer Sean Dillon (after 2010's The Judas Gate). Dillon and his team get on the trail of a Muslim terrorist, Ali Selim, who's offering a blessing to anyone who assassinates leaders of the Western world, including the U.S. president, who's soon due to arrive in London. Violence flares as the search extends from London to Pakistan and into the Persian Gulf, where the bad guys kidnap Gideon, heir to a banking fortune, and hold her for ransom. Higgins fans will appreciate the well-choreographed action sequences, but those seeking a nuanced view of the politics of terrorism or characters with real depth will have to look elsewhere. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2011
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January 03, 2012
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