Remember the good, old-fashioned secret-agent novel? It's become a lot more sophisticated since the Bond-crazed 1960s, most notably in acknowledging its heroes as mere mortals complete with deep and sometimes dark psychological problems. Morrell, creator of the wildly popular and troubled John Rambo, here introduces Brendan Buchanan, an American spy who specializes in changing his identity. No, there's no plastic surgery; rather, Buchanan is a government "method" actor, actually becoming the characters he's assigned to portray. Unfortunately, failing to alter his features causes him to be recognized by someone from a previous assignment, and the chain of events that follows makes him a target not only of the bad guys but maybe the American government as well. Aided only by his wits and a pesky reporter who eventually becomes his love interest, Buchanan uses his various identities to infiltrate a truly dastardly plan by the bad guy, Professor Alistair Drummond. While battling evildoers, Buchanan also fights the ghosts of his past, a past he's tried to escape by constantly changing his identity. This is a fast-paced, entertaining thriller with an intriguing central character, a plot loaded with twists and turns, and an open-ended conclusion that suggests this is the first of a series about Buchanan and his reporter-lover, Holly McCoy.