In some ways, this is a diversion from what I expect from Andy McNab in that the main character is less of a hardbitten hero than his usual characters. But that probably made him more human for me. I expect a lot of readers will empathise with James Mercer’s crusade vs. The One-percenters, those super-rich who stomp on the fingers of those below them on the ladder of success, and have the legal loophole experts that help them pay no taxes.
Mercer steals from these men in revenge for the financial ruin of his family to compensate for the wrongs they have caused.
Then he is caught by his current target and forced to plan and execute another theft ; a ledger from the premises of another super rich oligarch, one among the many who have erected elaborate hidey-holes in the relative geographical isolation of New Zealand. But nothing is what it seems. As Mercer puts together a team of experts and lies convincingly enough to lure them down under to attempt the theft, to his consternation, his beloved adopted-sister gets involved.
The plot twists from one surprise to the next, involving benevolent crusaders and ruthless opponents. A worthwhile read, as good as any of McNab’s previous thrillers. Thank you to Penguin Random House, SA, for this ARC by Bantam Press.