Grace works for the CIA and her familiarity with Asia puts
her in high demand when an undercover operative goes missing
in Beijing. Agent Peter Lee was gathering information when
he simply dropped out of sight. Monaco is sent to find him.
is a very effective agent who sometimes colors outside the
lines but her success record keeps her out of the dog house.
In Beijing, she stumbles across an acquaintance of the missing
Peter Lee. Dr. Alan Richter lives in the same apartment building
as Lee and is an American working on China doing intellectual
research… or so his story goes.
seems to have more street savvy than your average college
professor causing Monaco to keep a close eye on him. When
the pair visits Peter Lee’s apartment, they are greeted
by a couple of Chinese thugs who Monaco dispatches on the
spot. And now the chase begins.
and Richter team up out of necessity and when Monaco discovers
that Richter is in possession of a flash drive belonging to
Peter Lee, she correctly assumes that someone with sinister
intentions will be wanting it. Their endeavor to seek refuge
in the American Embassy is thwarted by another assassination
attempt that costs the life of an Embassy official. No longer
able to trust any government options, Monaco and Richter strike
off on their own and aim for the source of their trouble;
a secret Chinese organization symbolized by three bats.
all Mark Terry novels, this one starts at a full gallop and
never lets up. The action is literally non-stop and barely
gives the reader time for a breath. If you're looking for
a well-crafted, high octane adventure, this one can’t
be beat. I seldom read a story in one sitting but this one
grabbed me from the beginning and held on until the end.