This is the second installment of Iris Johansen's 'Catherine Ling' series. This is an action-packed story with a bit of the paranormal thrown in. This story was a edge of your seat page-turner. I loved Catherine Ling when she was first introduced in the 'Eve Duncan' series. I am glad to see her come into her own. I can't wait to see what comes next for this character.
Catherine Ling is a CIA operative. She is one of the best that they have. Now that her latest mission is over she is looking forward to spending time with her son Luke. Luke was kidnapped at age two and she was able to rescue him when he was nine. There is only one person she trusts her son to, and that is her friend Hu Chang.
Erin Sullivan is an American journalist living in and helping the people of Tibet. Erin is kidnapped by a mercenary named Kadmus. Erin has information that he wants and he will stop at nothing to get it from her. When Hu Chang asks Catherine go rescue Erin, she goes. She manages to get Erin out of Kadmus's compound but they are unable to catch their ride off of the mountain. Now they are going to have to find a way off of the mountain. Catherine is contacted by Richard Cameron, a friend of not only Erin but of Hu Chang also. Catherine is bewildered by Cameron but she also finds herself drawn to him. Catherine is going to have to team up with Cameron in order to stop Kadmus's reign of terror.
Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. When Luke was kidnapped at the age of two, it nearly broke her. Now, nine years later, her son has astonishingly been returned to her and Catherine vows never to fail him again. But when her job pulls her away from home, she relies on the brilliant and deadly Hu Chang to safeguard Luke in her absence.Now Erin Sullivan, an American journalist with mysterious ties to Hu Chang, has been kidnapped in Tibet. If Catherine doesn’t agree to spearhead the CIA rescue mission, she knows that Hu Chang himself will go, a possibility she can’t risk. But she will be facing a monster whose crimes stretch back forty years, always eluding the CIA. And the job grows even more complicated when Catherine meets Richard Cameron, a supposed ally who’s clearly not telling all he knows. Their attraction is immediate, but Catherine isn't at all sure that he can be trusted. If she’s going to rescue this journalist with a story worth killing for, she’ll need to keep Cameron very close. From the treacherous landscape of the Himalayas to the twisting back alleys of San Francisco, the clock is ticking for Catherine and those she loves most. At every turn she faces a ruthless enemy who is determined to keep the truth buried, even if it means that none of them live to see tomorrow.