As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the Taliban is poised to take over, the CIA calls upon the Austrian aristocrat Malko Linge to execute a dangerous and delicate plan to restore stability to the region.
On the ground in Kabul, Malko reconnects with an old flame and hires a South African mercenary to assist with his mission. But Malko doesn’t know whom he can trust. His every move is monitored by President Karzai’s entourage, Taliban leaders, a seductive American journalist–and a renegade within the CIA itself. Before he can pull off his plan, Malko is kidnapped and nearly killed. When he finally manages to escape, he finds himself alone and running for his life in a hostile city.
I received an e-mail asking if I would be interested in reviewing this book. I have never heard of the author and it looked interesting so I figured, why not. When I had the book in my hands I knew it was going to be a good read, but I didn’t know how good.
I don’t read many books in this genre as it’s a hit or miss for me and sometimes a dry read. I read this book in two sittings, it had me from the second chapter and would not let me go. There is so much that goes on and has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster.
The story line is well written and the plot could be, and probably was, something that was conceived by a government and could have been plausibly executed. De Villiers had connections with various intelligence agencies making this story a blend of fiction and truth. All the characters are very believable, the settings are incredibly detailed and the story as a whole was enthralling. The main character, Malko Linge is an aristocrat playboy who plays the spy and has been compared to Bond, who is the spy who plays the playboy. Malko has more lives than a cat in this book his life is constantly in danger and how he is able to get out of the situation is sometimes remarkable and a bit far fetched but it takes nothing away from the story line.
I will say that I really enjoyed this book and I am very glad that I have been introduced to another writer who I will be reading again when more of his books are made available. De Villiers died in 2013 and his books are being translated for the first time from his native French. This is the second in the Malko Linge series but it can be read as a stand alone book.
Book provided by publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review