In this third installment of a series lauded for its "nonstop action in vividly rendered international locales," international spy Simon Riske must face a ring of ruthless masterminds and foil a plot with global implications as he becomes the world's most wanted man (Booklist).
Life is good for Rafael de Bourbon. The forty-year-old Spaniard recently married to a wealthy English beauty, and is days away from opening a luxury boutique hotel off the southern coast of Thailand. But when the Royal Thai Police storm the hotel and arrest him for blackmail and extortion, "Rafa" is thrown into Bangkok's most notorious jail. In desperation, he reaches out to the one man who can prove his innocence.
Simon Riske, ex-con and now "private spy," owes Rafa his life. Once he and De Bourbon were the closest of friends, until a woman came between them. Riske rushes to Bangkok to secure his friend's release and overnight, finds himself caught up in a web of intrigue larger and more dangerous than he could imagine. In hours, it is Riske who finds himself the wanted man.
On the run in a foreign country, pursued by powerful unseen forces who will stop at nothing until he is killed, Riske must stay alive long enough to uncover the truth behind an international conspiracy that threatens to wreak carnage across the glittering capitals of Europe. From Bangkok to Singapore and ultimately to Cannes, Riske enlists the help of a daring investigative reporter, a rogue Mossad agent, and his own band of home-grown specialists, to thwart the cabal behind the plot, only to learn its very origins are frighteningly close to his past.
Frighteningly timely, diabolically clever, and ever so stylish, The Palace is Christopher Reich's sharpest and most exciting book yet.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Strap in tight, because this installment in Christopher Reich’s high-octane Simon Riske series takes the mercenary spy on a breakneck chase around the world. When Riske agrees to help an old friend stuck in Bangkok’s most notorious jail, the suave fixer for hire finds himself staring down the barrel of a massive international conspiracy. All the shadowy power brokers involved want him dead—and the excitement never lets up as Simon races to find the truth and avoid getting assassinated. The action hurtles from one glamorous city to another, with shocking plot twists and revelations coming at us faster than the hero’s prized Ferrari. The Palace is part James Bond, part Jack Reacher, and 100 percent white-knuckle fun.
Thriller Award winner Reich's entertaining third Simon Riske novel (after 2019's Crown Jewel) finds professional problem solver Riske's old friend Rafael "Rafa" de Bourbon, a Spanish entrepreneur who's about to open a luxury hotel on the coast of Thailand, worried about illegal activities he's witnessed while working with a company called PetroSaud. As Rafa is considering exposing PetroSaud's crimes, the Thai police arrive at the hotel and arrest him for bribery and extortion. Rafa asks Simon for help. Simon, who has just completed a mission in Amsterdam to recover a stolen painting, comes to Rafa's rescue because he owes his friend a big favor and because Rafa has recently married an ex-lover he's fond of. Simon has less success with this operation than with the one in Amsterdam, and he's soon on the run. Appealing supporting characters ex-Mossad agent Danni Pine and top-notch financial reporter London Li come to his aid. An unexpected closing twist promises exciting developments to come. Clever, sophisticated Riske stands out in the crowded action hero field.
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This is the third of a trilogy of Simon Riske novels.
I used to enjoy Reich’s work but this is absolute garbage that deteriorates badly as the series progresses.
A total waste of time and money both of which I had back.
Stay away from this abomination of so-called fiction.
D. Brent Glamann,M.D.,F.A.C.C.