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Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2021
As always, very well written and well researched. But I found myself getting frustrated in reading of their attempts to leave Russia. At least 150 pages of the book were devoted to that task and it just became one big chase scene. Plus, the author made a serious mistake in the details of the plot. At one point, Charlie regrets not having his burner phone, which had been confiscated by police, but several scenes later, he has it again. The burner phone connected him to his CIA contact, who was instrumental in aiding their escape from Russia, but instead of finding a different way to contact the CIA agent, or explaining how Charlie got it back, the phone just magically reappeared several scenes later. I was really surprised that mistake made it past the editing stage and it really disappointed me, because Dugoni doesn’t typically make careless mistakes. He also relied on things simply “being in place” as they jump out of one pot and into the kettle of a different chase. How the plans are conceived is one of the things that make his books so good because they are so clever and innovative. I felt a little cheated that the reader just had to go along for the roller coaster ride. Overall, a good plot, but too many unnecessary hair-raising escapes, only to be back in the same situation of being pursued, just with a different scenario. I think he should have saved some of the clever escape scenes for a future book, and use a much shorter string of events to bring the book to a satisfying conclusion.