I’m sorry Mr Forsyth, but this book did not grip me.
Quotes from the book:
- “In that strange danse macabre that is espionage it is common for agents on opposite sides to attend embassy cocktail parties – conversing, beaming, clinking glasses and pretending to be all jolly diplomats together, while behind the mask privately intending to outwit and destroy the opponent.”
- “In triumph, modesty. In pain, stoicism. In defeat, grace under fire. But very rarely tears.”
Plot summary: Luke, a teenage boy with incredible technical skill is recruited by the British government to hack into various computer systems worldwide to steal security keys for the purpose of sabotage – changing the route of a Russian battleship; destroying an LPG gasline; and disrupting the North Korean missile program. The campaign of sabotage continues, but Luke’s safety becomes threatened when enemy spies find his location.
- “This timely, well-written thriller has it all. Great plot with surprising twists and turns. Intriguing characters. Spellbinding suspense. A fast, tremendously entertaining read.” Full review: Washington Post
- “… one of the most tedious books I have ever read” “The same thing keeps happening over and over again and the writing is completely devoid of tension.” “The world was a safer place. Though not for readers.” Full review: The Guardian