Author: Geoffrey Archer
Original title: Eagle Trap
Edition Language: English
Genres: Military, Spy Thriller
He was head of an
international drugs ring, a kidnapper and a ruthless killer. One night
British Sea Harriers reduced his Beirut headquarters to rubble and his
evil empire to ruins. But Abdul Habib still had money, and hate, enough
hate to spare to construct an elaborate plan which would destroy
Gibraltar and the British Aircraft carrier which had committed the fatal
strike. All he needed was luck to thread a nuclear warhead through the
complicated network of the Middle East terrorist rings, get it on a
Libyan freighter and head west across the Med-And enough luck to avoid
the one man whose hate is even greater than his, Captain Peter Brodrick
of the Royal Marines.
I used to love Geoffrey Archer's novels, but this one did not stick with me. It has too many details about work of helicopters, aircraft carriers and other deathly devises to my taste. Though the plot develops quite vividly it is clear from the start where it is going. I would say nicely going military action book, I am just did not read those for a while and most probably was not in the proper mood.
What I liked about it is the description of the former USSR military. I am so used to caricature image of those in books and movies that I was nicely supersized that you can actually see intelligent and sensible people and not muscular imbeciles with a Kalashnikov.
The funny trope the author used when he was killing the side characters: every time they were thinking about their children and then bang!.. Only the main villain and protagonist does not have any children. In this connection one particular scene touched me deeply. When a Turkish journalist was running away from Kurd assassins, he jumped in a taxi and a taxi driver was now voluntarily helping this journalist. After the short race the driver ordered the journalist to leave taxi and went to the cafe to calm down. And this scene is written so striking and touchy, that it moved me. I hope the taxi driver survived after he was found by assassins.