The Vaux in this book is more confident and more experienced in the ways of espionage. There are Israeli and Syrian professional hit men hunting for Vaux. He is moved from safe house to safe house and finally sent to a remote military base in England. There is humor for those who are familiar with the spy genre. When an MI6 staffer suggests at a top-level meeting that Vaux ‘has come in from the cold’, the head of MI6’s Department B3, nearly chokes on his digestive and blurts out: ‘We’ll have none of that silly talk, thank you.’
The love of Vaux’s life, Alena, Syrian-born and beautiful, returns in this sequel and appears much more complicated than originally thought. Vaux also becomes her prey.
OPERATION SALADIN is a terrific follow-up to Mr. Croft’s first [spy] novel and I highly recommend it…
Portland Book Review