Highly decorated Delta Force operator and Iraq war hero Simon Monk loses everything when his romantic partner defects to Beijing after being caught selling US secrets to Chinese Intelligence. Monk is drummed out of the Army from the blowback but gets a second chance at a career when he is recruited into a covert group within the CIA.
Years later Monk’s latest assignment sends him to Cairo, where the head of station has disappeared amid a highly publicized sex scandal. But things are not what they seem. When the base chief turns up dead and the Egyptian government looks the other way, Monk and his team hunt down the assassin.
All roads lead to a ruthless and lethal cult from Egypt’s ancient past who discard every unwritten rule of espionage to win. Monk is forced to take to the shadows to find and destroy his most dangerous adversaries yet, as a chain of events threatens to ignite war in the Middle East.
I must admit, this book gave more action than what I normally prefer, but the writing style of the author had me mesmerized on every page. Christian Beck has a way of weaving words that bring the story to life for me, sometimes so real I found my heart racing and feeling every blow that came my way, both physically and emotionally. I was truly mentally exhausted by the time I finished the book and for the first time I felt I was given TOO much by the author.
Monk’s career was not only stellar but one he worked hard his whole life to build. His reputation preceded him, he had won multiple Bronze Stars of valor yet when his partner does the unthinkable the foundation under Monk began to crumble, not because of anything he did, but because of who he is. Being a homosexual man in the military was frowned upon and he found he was judged at every turn once the truth came out. Where he was admired for his ability to get the job done before, now people doubted his ability because of who his heart desired.
Now at his second chance of a career his mission it to find an important man has went missing and a sex scandal is brewing into massive proportions. Monk can fit in to the scenario well with his sexual preference but will he be at risk as well since homosexuality is not welcomed in Egypt. This isn’t his only problem, it appears he and his team are the only ones who are willing to find the truth as to what happened.
I became overwhelmed with suspense, CIA/military terms, maneuvers and the drama but each second was worth the read. Oh don’t think you have to wait till the end to get the blood pumping, right off the bat you get to see the kind of man Monk is when he deals with Yeva, which I believe is why I struggled to keep pace with him in the rest of the story. This is a certain recommendation for those who love action packed stories that are based in a military theme that feels very realistic.