OLD WAR. NEW ENEMIES. THE DEVIL HAS ARRIVED.
The University has been a clandestine organization since the days of the OSS. The University and its agents have always lived in the shadows; using its vast intelligence resources to help defeat the Nazis, end the Cold War and strike back at terrorists all over the globe. They have been at the forefront of global espionage for decades. Entrusted with running The University, James Hicks is one of the most powerful—and secretive—men alive.
But when Hick’s brilliant protege is turned by a terrorist group that has alarmingly already begun operating on U.S. soil, Hicks finds himself in a race against time to find out just how the agent has been turned and why. He must use The University’s covert global network to uncover a deadly biological plot that threatens to unleash a new era of chaos and anarchy not only on the United States, but on the entire western world.
A fast-paced contemporary thriller that calls to mind classics like The Day of the Jackal and The Hunt for Red October; Terrence McCauley has crafted a riveting novel of espionage that will immediately raise him to the forefront of our very best spy novelists.
This spy thriller from McCauley (Prohibition) is hard to put down, despite some faults. A proficient veteran operative who calls himself James Hicks has headed the New York City office of the University one of the most clandestine intelligence agencies in the world for three years. But when one of his most trusted agents, who has been working undercover for a Somali cab outfit, seemingly betrays him and sets him up to be murdered, Hicks uncovers clues to a conspiracy that, if successful, would send the world into a panic. Although the character of Hicks is two-dimensional and the conclusion a bit predictable, the story line succeeds in large part because of the gritty and stylish narrative, the virtually nonstop action, and the cutting-edge technology Hicks uses to track down criminals. Those looking for some top-shelf adrenaline-fueled literary escapism will be rewarded.