Croft's moral wilderness and compilation of treachery ring far truer than the glamour of James Bond. And the clash between romance, personal loyalty, and institutional duplicity bears the stamp of one who knows.-Publishers Weekly
Retired-journalist-turned-MI6-agent Michael Vaux made his debut in The Wayward Spy. Now, in the fourth Vaux thriller, he returns for another Middle Eastern adventure.
Vaux is at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend, Anne, leaves to care for her ailing father. But on Vaux's first night alone, an old colleague from B3-a maverick subgroup of MI6-shows up at his cottage door. Someone in Beirut has unmasked dozens of MI6 agents and assets in the Middle East, endangering their lives and missions. Vaux is ordered out of semiretirement to find the traitor and stop the leaks.
As Vaux goes deep undercover in Lebanon, he realizes that the field office is full of power players with their own agendas. In a city reeling from civil war and in an agency at odds with itself, Vaux needs to determine whom he can trust with his secrets. But if he makes one wrong move, he may never see Anne again.
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About the Author
Roger Croft is a writer and former journalist. His work has been featured in the Economist, the Sunday Telegraph, and the Toronto Star. He worked as a freelance writer in Egypt and wrote editorials for the Egyptian Gazette. For more information about Croft's writing, visit his website at rogercroft.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In WAREHOUSE OF SOULS…Michael Vaux is called out of semi-retirement to find a mole hidden deep in Beirut’s ever-shifting, multi-factioned, treacherous, back-stabbing spy and political sandstorm…He works for a government outfit called B3 that does not have the support of MI6 , at least not willingly. His local contacts get killed sooner rather than later. Even his second-in-command has to be rescued when his prime contact is compromised. There are plot twists and turns and the author develops a sense of hopelessness as every avenue ends in death and deception. The question is who to trust and even who to like? Vaux’s motivations are hard to pin down and quantify. There seems to be some old-boy history with some colleagues, some ego to get a hard job done, and some bureaucratic mechanisms that drive Vaux. Evidently, it comes down to queen and country, and even that is suspect. Vaux seems to have a moral clock of some sort that ticks randomly, and it takes a few chapters to determine how he will act; his actions are usually surprising even then. This is one of the strong points of the book–Vaux and most of the characters in the book are not inherently predictable. They act like real, multi-faceted people… Like any good mystery, the author has all the answers to the identity of the mole in plain sight and hidden at the same time. The author does not bore with meaningless passages of time–the writing is almost skeletal, making each scene important, not only for what is on the surface but for what must be imagined and deducted from the short dialogues. Most of the scenes are dialog of one sort or another, so the reader must learn to listen. Everyone has an agenda, and only occasionally are the separate agendas compatible. This book, then, is a great antidote [at a time] when mind-candy books seem too sickly sweet or plot lines too woefully weak.