In this fifth novel by Adam Hall, of his highly successful espionage series, Speical Executive Quiller is called back from Tokyo by his employers at the Bureau in London. But once there, everyone is cagey and refuses to reveal exactly why he has been brought back into Operation. Eventually he learns that he is to be flown out to an Airfield at a secret location and briefed by the Air Ministry. A freight plane has gone down carrying an enigmatic cargo and London want to reach it before any other Security Service. The problem is that it has gone down in Algeria on the Libyan border and lots of others are interested too! Also, the plane has been buried somewhere in the desert and Quiller only has approximate co-ordinates fot its location!
Flown into the desert by glider in the middle of the night, Quiller knows that this is one mission that could well be his last! His Base Control quickly becomers a "Red Sector" and close to being compromised and meanwhile, Quiller is stranded in the middle of nowhere under a burning, scorching sun looking for something that has been buried in a sand storm under unrecognisable sands. And then there is the cargo.....exactly why are London only giving him half the information?
This is yet another tense, action-packed thriller of the kind fans have long come to expect! Even when Quiller is facing certain death and searching the sands aimlessly for what feels like a couple of chapters, the reader is unable to grow bored as Hall still manages to maintain the tension! This is just another example of how skilled and talented an author Hall actually is!
Once again, Adam Hall attempts to break the mold and give us something different and, once again, he manages to succeed! Though on paper this doesn't look the most thrilling of Quiller's objectives, the reality is quite different and I think long-time fans of the series will not be disappointed!! Newcomers to this series can also enjoy this because, as with the majority of the other books, the story can be read independently of any of the others.
In short, I would recommend this to readers old and new alike......with this fifth novel in Quiller's adventures, Adam Hall again proves why he is the master of the spy thriller!