Anthony Pour's The Undercover Gentlemen was probably born some point in between Ian Fleming's Bond novels and W. Somerset Maugham's tales from around the world — more precisely, a culmination of Fleming's choice of subjects and Maugham's writing style. Astonishingly, Pour is able to put together all the different characters, scenes and moods without losing the plot and simply mixing all the elements in a well-structured set. Suspense is left untouched with the reader not being able to second-guess the ending right up until the last page.
A reluctant secret agent, a chancy wild goose chase, romance, many far-off locations are the mail ingredients of The Undercover Gentleman. Altogether, the thriller and action story walks side-by-side with the tender relation between the middle-aged protagonist and his young girlfriend, while both of them are being sucked into a maelstrom of events that are beyond their control, yet naturally interweave with their personal stories. One of the greatest talents Pour shows in writing this book is the ability of creating not just suspense and atmosphere, but also characters with unique but plausible personal stories. The trick is that all of them have a well-defined past, present and personality, so the reader feels their existence and wants to know more about them.