Now the intrigue continues as Fernandez brings us into a world where nothing is as it seems at first — places, people, and events morph from one apparent reality to another. Assassination attempts reveal themselves to be misleading, disappearances are not quite what they seem to be, and characters have a chimera-like quality. And this fictional world exists against an almost eerie backdrop of realistic contemporaneity — readers will enjoy identifying several avatars of public figures in the world scene, and some locales are somewhat strangely familiar, yet different.
(How much do we really know about ‘Area 51′?)
Fernandez’ writing style is a delightful blend of fast-moving, crisp language presented in a paradoxically unhurried pace that allows the plot to develop slowly and deliberately. We are constantly challenged to think about where she might be going, almost sparring with her to see if we can guess correctly. And there are many surprises in store.
For those who delight in inventiveness, there is a wonderful mix of fanciful electronics, maps, other visuals, and thoroughly detailed forensics. For those who enjoy three-dimensional characters, there is a believable cast of heroes and villains. And for compelling dialogue, consider…
‘I was hoping you’d come after me. But then (your boss) came up with that lame sting operation in Florence and ruined all my fun,’ Simon allowed with the same annoying grin.
‘That’s not why.’ Suddenly, the appeal to motive struck Noble like a lightning bolt.
He never thought I would get this far. Now he’s trying to convince me that his purported cat and mouse game was intentional. He is trying to mislead me into believing that he was going to assassinate one or several heads of state, who were only decoys—but that’s not his plan—or is it?
Finally, the ending caught me by complete surprise. Fernandez won the sparring contest because when I went back to check, the clues were there — no obfuscations, just cleverly woven into a very entertaining and thoughtful narrative. My only complaint? That I have to wait some time for the next installment in the trilogy.”