Another Jones/Payne adventure, this one involving monks in Greece in high remote hilltop monasteries, and some ancient Greek artifacts that several groups want for various conflicting reasons and are willing to kill for. Shuffling between St. Petersburg Russia, and several parts of Crete, and involving ancient Sparta, this is a page-turner. The camaraderie between Payne and Jones is a great as usual, and he has a gift for delineating a character in a few swift strokes of the pen. One-act characters, toss-offs really, become alive with some choice words, and a colorful description. One of the best things abut his books are the smaller characters. Highly enjoyable, if a little improbable at times. I recommend the whole series. But they can e read as stand-alones, although there are quick references to other adventures, but they aren’t necessary to the story.
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