I chose to read this book as a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
This novella has a gripping opening as it starts with three bombs simultaneously exploding in three Italian restaurants in three different cities. The deaths caused and the fallout from these explosions resonate throughout the story.
Bentley is a former undercover cop and therefore writes his main character, Steve Regan, with great insight. It is also clear that he has lived in, and is very familiar with, Thailand although I felt at times there was a little too much telling rather than showing me this knowledge.
It may be the name of the main character that instigated this thought but as I read the book I was reminded of cop shows of the 70’s. The writing was stark and brutal with little emotion and as the state-of-the-art comms room towards the end is described as having typewriters I guess I could be about right with when it was set.
I did finish the read but felt it would have benefitted from tighter editing and possibly a proofread as well to help avoid some distracting typos. This is the second part of a planned trilogy which might interest those readers who like crime fiction but this author has also written a very well received memoir of his part in Operation Julie which I think they would also find fascinating.