HIS ex-fiancée’s new husband has been snatched off a footpath while walking to dinner in an upmarket part of Delhi and Ben Hope is now the wife’s strongest – perhaps only – chance of having Amal recovered alive. Will this crisis response and former military commando step up to help?
That’s the question faced one otherwise-quiet weekday evening by Ben as he starts to unwind after a typical day at his tactical training base in France.
Ben has just finished putting a group of clients through a routine hostage-extraction exercise when an unexpected visitor delivers the shocking news of Amal’s kidnapping and Brooke’s subsequent distress.
In fact, the capture of part-time playwright Amal is the second blow to have struck the billionaire Ray family in less than a month; three weeks earlier his younger brother Kabir disappeared, presumed dead, when an archaeology expedition he was leading was ambushed by bandits in the arid Haryana region of northern India. Kabir and two graduate students were in an area scattered with remnants of one of the world’s great ancient cultures, the Indus Valley Civilisation, apparently carrying out field research.
Upon hearing of the attack, London residents Amal and Brooke flew immediately to Delhi to be with Amal’s elderly parents and a third brother, Samarth.
Now, with their second son also missing, the remaining Rays will go to any lengths – no expense spared – to ascertain the pair’s whereabouts.
Seeing Brooke again in such an unlikely setting is a complication Ben has not anticipated. In order to undertake this life-threatening investigation on twin fronts, is he able to set aside his unresolved feelings for the woman he was once within a few hours of marrying?
Ben must come to terms fast not only with his own emotions but with both the seedy slums of Delhi and the largely lawless neighbouring desert mountains.