Tony Hawkin wasn't really made for the FBI. He rarely hit what he aimed at, forgot his own code name, and had a tendency to panic at the slightest hint of trouble. Now he's gotten himself handcuffed to an attaché case with $2 million inside and stuffed aboard a hijacked DC-10 bound for Scotland, where he's chased through the countryside by the hijackers, Scots patriots, a crazy Cuban colonel, and half the police force. All of them want only two things—the money and Tony's head in a noose.
Once again Special Agent Tony Hawkin must rely on his own brand of expertise to outwit and confound a nefarious array of foes. Tony's plan is simple: lead them all back to London, like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and deposit them at the gates of Scotland Yard. There is just one small problem: London is 500 miles away, and Tony has no idea which way that is....
About the Author
Harry Harrison (1925-2012) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room!, the basis for the film Soylent Green. Harrison published dozens of sci-fi books, as well as novellas, short story collections, and comics, and was the editor of numerous science fiction anthologies.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I picked up this book after I found out that there was a sequel to Montezuma's Revenge. I must say, however, it's not the typical Harry Harrison that I really enjoy reading. With way fewer puns and jokes and humor than the Stainless Steel Rat series, these books have more of an early-career feel to them. They're not quite simple, but just not the well-rounded exciting books that are fun to read that I've come to expect from Harrison.This book continues the story of Tony Hawkin, American Indian and FBI agent (though he only works in the gift shop). He has a penchant for drinking (cue racial stereotype here) and does so at every chance he gets. But then, so does the Slippery Jim DiGriz, so you can't really hold that against him.Anyway, the FBI has a special case, and the only agent available, according to the computer, that meets all requirements is Hawkin. He is handed 2 million dollars in ransom money and sent to a newly hijacked Airbus 380 to pay off some terrorists when he gets shanghaied and drawn into an international incident. The Cuban counter-revolutionaries who hijacked the plane turn out (at least one of them does) to be a Scotsman in disguise (bet you didn't see that coming). They divert the plane while over England and in thick fog and land it at an abandoned military runway in Scotland. Several double-crosses ensue while each different faction tries to run off with the entire ransom instead of just their share. The Scots want it to free their country, too.Anyway, Hawkin travels all around the UK either being kidnapped or escaping kidnappers. He eventually returns to London and enlists the aid of some Israelis (from Montezuma's Revenge) in solving the case.While it was an enjoyable quick read, this book will sit on my shelf a long time before I go back to it.