This topical techno-thriller blends mystery and suspense in multiple plotlines. Vivid characters abound in sharply researched Mediterranean settings with technology, cyberwarfare and nautical content, all in the context of international politics and the the upsurge of Islamist terrorism. There are plenty of soft terrorist targets – and there is plenty of weaponry available after the fall of Gadaffi and the chaos in Libya.
Steve Baldwin has sailed to Crete in his search for a quiet life, still licking his wounds after the Gate of Tears fiasco. The Royal Marines had been his family, but now he is alone again – until he meets Helena.
She has a lot to hide and to avoid entanglement, Baldwin sets sail for Malta. There he is dragged kicking into the pursuit of a psychopathic female assassin – Maruška Pavkovic – with whom he shares some painful, bloody history. Can he ever escape these two clever, dangerous and demanding women – one of whom he is ordered to kill?
Islamist terrorism is spreading across the Sicilian Channel from the Maghreb into the soft underbelly of Europe – and Malta, with its Crusader history, is a key target. Abu ben-Zhair, the merciless terrorist master planner, is upping the stakes and religion is just one lever in his lust for power.
The chase – and the women – are more complex than Baldwin could ever have imagined.
This ebook is about 90,000 words and includes images which are not in the paperback version (322 pages). So, it's a good read!