Drake’s backstory is compelling; we don’t meet him when he’s the highly-trained covert agent that he turns out to be, instead, we are first introduced to him in a college baseball game. It’s during this game that one error of judgement alters the course of his life. We get to witness the evolution of this complex character every step of the way; a man with some scores to settle, including with some friends and one family member, yet constantly battling with his conscience as he goes about his grim business.
There is a side plot involving a scheming US general with a far-fetched plot to wrestle control of the world’s oil away from OPEC, but thankfully, this only occupies a small part of the book and doesn’t detract from Drake’s story. The two plot strands come together nicely at the end of the book and make for a satisfactory conclusion to this highly-accomplished thriller.