Ben Traven is in a Manila jail when his old boss, Scott Horton, manages his release. Hort needs Ben for a vital mission.
Rogue agent, Daniel Larison feels betrayed by the government and has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA. He is blackmailing the government and will release the tapes to the news media unless he gets his payoff.
Other agencies are after Larison and Hort wants Ben to locate him.
Ben gets a lead from Larison's former wife, Marcy, that Larison might be in Costa Rica. When he leaves Marcy's house, two FBI agents who had been watching her home, try to force Ben to accompany them, to be questioned. The agents end up in the hospital. However, petite, young black FBI agent, Paula Lanier, gets the drop on Ben and persuades him that they should work together to get Larison.
Like many thrillers, there is competition between government agencies and when outside operatives from Blackwater are brought in, they don't seem to have any field smarts. Larison is able to spot them, overcome a tranquelizing dart and eliminate twelve of them without much effort. This disregard for American lives left me cold.The fact that Ben was ordered to observe them apprehend Larison and did little to prevent their massacre seemed inconsistent with what an honorable agent would do.
The novel also had a romance scene. It was almost as if the author felt that he had to add this. The rough sex action added nothing to the plot and was unnecessary.
I found the characters stereotypical, the plot didn't hold my attention as well as it should have and the conclusion was unsatisfactory.
On the plus side, the author can tell a suspenseful story, he did good research about the torture tapes but after reading his excellent John Rain novels, this novel disappointed.