In many ways Pearl Tao was a typical American child. She spent summer days at the pool, played softball and lingered at suburban barbecues in her home city of Washington, DC. Yet she is also an academic prodigy, with a university place sponsored by a secretive advanced technology corporation.
Only now, aged 19, has she begun to understand the terrifying truth of what her role is to be. What her parents intend her to become. Pearl's only hope of escape lies with two British spies: one, Trish Patterson, sidelined in disgrace; the other, former journalist Philip Mangan, gone rogue and following a trail of corruption. Helping Pearl might be the most important and dangerous thing either will ever do.
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By Laney on 06-02-18
Le Carre's True Heir?
There've been many claimants to be the true heir to John le Carre...and Adam Brookes is up there with any of them. His protagonist isn't James Bond but a flawed, rounded character being manipulated by higher authorities, with dubious values and moral compasses. Right doesn't always win out. Colin Mace's narration brings life to a range of characters, male and female, of different nationalities and ages. All in all, worthy of five stars.