I like Follett and his espionage novels. But this is, sadly, a letdown of sorts. It has an excellent plot, though its more or less a rehash of the 'Eye of the Needle' scenario. Its execution is nearly good, save for being at least 50 pages too long with a bland ending. The action parts are typical Follett, fast and atmospheric. Still, I felt this book could have been way better than it was.