As the destinies of three men with troubled pasts converge in a web of seemingly unconnected events, it becomes apparent that their futures are held in the hands of the terrorist leader, the Sword. But in the spiralling vortex of world "realpolitik" who are the victims and who is the aggressor?
In the near-future setting of this well-crafted techno-thriller, a mysterious Islamic organization called the Angels of Judgment galvanizes the Middle East with a series of raids in which its members take high-level Russian and American diplomats as hostages. The erstwhile Cold War enemies respond by planning a joint counterattack involving the best of their respective special forces. But British journalist Tom Girling is also tracking the Angels, seeking to rescue a kidnapped friend and avenge his wife's murder at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. Cook ( Angel, Archangel ) takes his readers on a high-suspense journey into a world of shadows where nothing is what it seems. Leaving no loose ends dangling, he reveals the real ``aggressor'' only in the final pages of a work that succeeds both as an adventure story and as a psychological thriller.