by Andrew Kaplan
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062063786
Date: 31 July 2012 List Price $9.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Scorpion is hiding out at his safe house in Sardinia. He believes he's way under the radar and looking forward to remaining so. When he gets a message from someone on a Russian yacht, everything changes.
The note leads him to a meeting which leads him to the frozen wastes of Siberia as well as the Middle East and he's quickly involved in trying to prevent an assassination in the Ukraine. But every step comes with caution as Scorpion is surrounded by treachery and deceit. He's never sure who he can trust but he knows that trusting the wrong person could be the end of him and the world as he knows it.
With Scorpion Winter, Andrew Kaplan returns to what many consider the old style thriller genre. Kaplan himself wanted to investigate the role of the spy in the modern world set in a classic thriller universe. Scorpion winter looks not only at the fragility of international relationships and the constant misinformation that makes telling friend from foe so difficult but also at the role of the individual within this structure and the stresses it places on the human factor.
Kaplan plots with plenty of twists and keeps the action coming at you page after page. This is old school spy thriller at it's best as Kaplan puts Scorpion through his paces. The settings are drawn with detail and beautifully captured. The characters are interesting and inventive. The stakes are high and far reaching. This book has everything you would look for in a thriller. Definitely recommended.