Rated of 5
by Gail G. (Northbrook, Illinois)
This is a fast-paced spy novel. The one thing I did not like about it was the constant change of times and locations. Just when I became comfortable in one spot, the location and time period would change to another one, so I was unable to get into the play by play action the way I'd like to. The main character of the book, Sally Sin or Lucy Hamilton, was a spy in a earlier life. However now she is married and a mother, too. But her spy master keeps trying to involve her in the old game. Her husband comes from a wealthy family while Sally has no family to speak of. They were killed when she was a little girl, although Sally suspects Simon her spy master knows more than he's telling her. He keeps trying to involve her back into the old spy game but she wants no part of it. Sally doesn't know why he wants to bring her back because she is not very good at spying; her only real asset is her language skill with all kinds of foreign dialects. That and she seems to be close to Ian Blackford who always knows where she is and does not try to kill her. Simon wants Sally to bring him in because he's become a rogue spy and is working with other bad guys. I would have liked to stay longer at some of the action scenes. Sally would very much like to know about her earlier years. Ian seams to know her earlier history. The bad characters do not seem to stand out much. The only ones who feel real would be Theo - Sally's baby--a spoiled brat because she doesn't know how to handle him, and the Nanny who feels more real life-like as an adjunct character than the primary ones. The Nanny has positive vibes for Ian because of his looks and Sally's ambivalent feelings towards him. I feel he is not the really bad guy in the story, not like the Blind Monk and the spy master, Simon.
I give the novel a 5 for action, a 4 for story development and a 3 for character development.