August, 1942, North Africa. General Gott, the commander of the Eighth Army, is killed, and suspicion points to a previously unknown Axis spy ring. Newly commissioned Jack Tanner, along with his trusty sidekick Sykes, while involved in raids behind Axis lines, find themselves involved in the search for the sinister mastermind behind the spy ring which threatens the success of the forthcoming campaign. Eventually, however, he and Sykes must return to their regiment to prepare for the Battle of El Alamein.
The author states at the back of the novel that he decided to write a Sharpe or Hornblower character for the Second World War, and this book, the latest in a series, does invite comparison with the Sharpe novels. Well researched and written, the battle scenes are exciting and realistic. The descriptions of Cairo and the desert bring the whole region to life. The characters are well defined, while the plot gallops along. I have not read any of the previous Jack Tanner novels, but this did not detract from the story, which stands alone in its own right. Fans of the genre will enjoy this latest offering.