This is the second book featuring a British journalist getting mixed up with the UK secret service. I was not a big fan of the first (audio)book, Night Heron, mainly as a result of a rather bland reading by the narrator.
This is much better, with a story that covers a lot of ground – China, Ethiopia, Thailand. A bitter rivalry between two influential Chinese families has international consequences.
The plot starts off broad, introducing a number of characters, but gradually becomes more focused until the core of the story reveals itself. The pressure is kept up all the way through the book and the story is well paced. You do not have to have read the first book.
In relation to the audiobook in particular, there is a different narrator this time and he does a really good job. He handles accents well, so that each character is an individual and he puts over the tension and emotion of the story.
This is a very good book. You want to keep reading – it’s addictive stuff. If you like spy stories this comes highly recommended.