This is the second book in a proposed trilogy involving a young lawyer named Peter Farrell, and it has the same sense of excitement and danger that impressed me in the first book. One thing, though, before reading this book I would strongly suggest that you read the first book (The Cross of St. Maro) or you might be initially confused about who the characters are and how they are now in the positions they hold. It could be read as a stand alone book, but it's better read with the knowledge of the characters gained from the first book.
That being said, once again Peter Farrell is thrust into the middle of something that he really doesn't understand, at first. There is a supposed prophecy from an ancient apocryphal Bible era book that contains Peter's name, and some dire warnings about a coming catastrophe. The President requests that Peter get involved in trying to solve the mystery in this ancient writing. This takes him to San Francisco where he meets with a mysterious black ops person, and is also reunited with a character from the first book. Shortly the action shifts to Hong Kong and the interior of China, where all kinds of mayhem break out, and there is a tremendous motorcycle chase in the center of Beijing.
There are twists and turns everywhere in this book, and some really nasty characters, not to mention some American higher-ups who decide that, perhaps, the President isn't up to doing her job and should be replaced by the more pliable Vice President. Action takes place in an underground facility in China, and also in a secret location in the U.S.. When the end comes (with a sense of relief to the reader who gets caught up in all the action and excitement) there is just a hint that there is more in store for Peter Farrell, which I assume will occur in the final book.
The research that the author had to do to write this book appears to me to be staggering, but he uses his knowledge lightly, and it never slows down the plot. It's definitely a page turner, and a book that can easily keep you up late at night to continue reading, since you just can't go to sleep when the main characters are in danger, which they appear to be on almost every page.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more