The Op-Center team heads for Spain, where ethnic conflicts
threaten to break out into a conflagration. As the novel’s intelligence chief
Bob Herbert puts it, this clash “will make the Spanish Civil War look like a
brawl.” The intelligence team’s efforts to defuse the crisis are foiled when an
Op-Center representative is assassinated in Madrid on her way to a high-level
diplomatic meeting. Someone very powerful wants another Spanish War—no matter
what the cost. Now the crew must delicately navigate the treacherous shoals of
a planned insurrection by a popular Spanish general and his troops. As usual,
Clancy delivers a memorable cast of characters, and he welcomes us into the
byways of little-traveled territory in this action-packed intrigue.
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