This time, what starts off as a simple undercover mission investigating a break-in at the tennis field in Cornwall, Alex goes in to be a ball boy where he meets a very sweet American named Sabina Pleasure. Sooner or later, things point to multi-millionaire Alexei Sarov, and considering that Alex almost drowned while on vacation with Sabina, the MI6 and CIA decide to give him a fake American family, a mom and dad who are heading out to Miami. Why? Apparently to look for a nuclear bomb. What could the nuclear bomb possibly be for?
I think the third time around, we've come to see a pattern: Alex goes undercover, works mostly, gets caught, captured, escapes, big chase, the end. The third time around, it's extra stale because the amount of times Alex gets caught is a little too much to take. And as you may guess, Alexei Sarov is a little bit against the thoughts of the government. And a tiny hint of the bomb? Two words: 9/11 Reboot. Bin Laden had a crazy idea to do so, and so does Sarov with his weapons, except! I don't really think his idea is that bad. Like Herod Sayle in the first story, I kind of rooted for him. Imagine a world where we had a blackout for a month, and or cars all disappeared. There would be chaos, people blaming others for everything. But in the end, good came out of it. It was still action packed, but I think it was a bit extra painful, had a mostly unnecessary plot and was more or less a big rehash of the first two. Anthony Horowitz foreshadows a character death in the most plain way possible, and you can smell a lot of the fire coming.