The story is taut and well told; the ending not one we would wish upon ourselves.
The plot develops well and I didn’t catch myself thinking that any particular piece was padding.
The author is economical with his descriptions but the characters are well drawn and the settings visual.
The author’s foreword is a make or break as far as wanting to continue is concerned. For me it was the make. It intrigued the hell out of me. He gives his reasons for writing the book and makes a request: that we as readers take the time to read the quotations at the top of each chapter. I have to say that they are unsettling in the extreme.
According to the author the story is based on historical fact: the third wave of Islam and the threat it poses to the Western world. That threat is what drives the fictional story of the possible kidnap of a young woman and the two retired policemen hired to find her.
Was she kidnapped? Do they locate her? You’ll have to buy and read the book to find out.
But be warned, you’re in for a few nights of very restless sleep afterwards while you mull over all the information the author puts before you.