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Lots of spy business, less sex...
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2014
I liked this book since the protagonist is bit less of a sex maniac in this particular installment,
Not that I have anything against sex but making Mr. Barrington a sexual athlete that gets all the girls is odd at the his nominal age - he was supposed to be born in 1952 and kind of fifty something in all books published by Woods after 2000.
There are few other things I liked about the book. One little detail: there was, indeed, a military language school in Monterey, California, and my sister in law (no 3, my current sister in law is No 4) taught the Slovak language there for years. The school was closed in 1989 for obvious reasons.
Woods writes in this comments at the end of the book that this was his first book that virtually did not need editing of its substance. Perhaps some typos - I did not find any in this ebook.
The plot is definitely plausible with a killer properly killed before the book end while his adversary who does not kill but just steals can live for years to come.
Of course, stealing a strategic 'object' from UK government is rather vague, in a book by another US author an ingot of almost pure Uranium 235 (less than needed for a nuke) is bought in South Africa and used rather convincingly.
Woods, fortunately, does not pretend he understands anything of a technical nature, he is obviously an expert on good food, good drinks and easy women.
Altogether a fairly believable story using little bit of UK English (boot instead of trunk, lorry instead of truck, for instance) and with a true affection for the city of London.
Recommended for people of 14 years of age , there is not much of adult stuff there. Four stars.