The international arms trade is about to become a national problem... In 2012, in a Middle Eastern souk, CIA agent Miles Brookhaven was attacked. At the time he was infiltrating rebel groups in the area. No one was certain if his cover had been blown or if the act was just an arbitrary attack on Westerners. Months later, the incident remains a mystery. Now, Liz Carlyle and her Counter Terrorism unit in MI5 have been charged with the task of watching the international under-the-counter arms trade. With the Arabic region in such a volatile state, the British Intelligence forces have become increasing concerned that extremist Al-Qaeda jihadis are building their power base ready to launch another attack. As the pressure mounts, Liz and her team must intercept illegal weapons before they get into the wrong hands. When MI5 learns that the source of the arms deals is located in Western Europe, Liz finds herself on a manhunt that leads her to Paris, to Berlin and into her own long-forgotten past. A past buried so deep that she thought it would never resurface . . .
A paucity of action mars former MI5 director Rimington's disappointing eighth novel featuring British intelligence officer Liz Carlyle (after 2012's The Geneva Trap). Carlyle and her MI5 colleagues closely monitor a shipment of guns and bombs from Yemen making its way across Europe, at one point arresting a former French intelligence officer who has gone rogue and become an arms dealer. With the aid of the CIA, Carlyle and company track the weapons to a warehouse outside Manchester, where terrorists appear to be planning a major attack at a soccer stadium. Administrative politics and investigative procedure dominate the tedious second half of the novel, which builds to an anticlimactic finale. Fans may be saddened by the loss of a key series character in this outing, but they will be more upset with its overall lack of urgency.