And I still enjoy it, twenty years later. It is a rip-roaring tale of a man who sails half way around the world to Chile to find his daughter who is involved with an enviromental action group there. The passage of time hasn't dulled this premise, Cornwell's description of the group and their lifestyle would still be believable today although they may be slightly more concerned with global warming and less with French nuclear testing. There are all the usual elements of a Cornwell novel with a very masculine hero and convenient love interest. There is also an interesting sidekick in the shape of the hero's brother, an Anglican priest. Cornwell doesn't normally do sympathetic priest characters particularly well, for reasons stemming from his childhood that he explained elsewhere. David Blackburn is an exception, providing a sane counterpoint to his brother's emotions and a device to introduce plot changes at several points in the novel. There is also a credible love interest in the story, another thing that Cornwell doesn't normally do well. Mind you, those of us who read Cornwell aren't usually reading it for the romantic sideline but, again, he seems to pitch it better in this novel. And, finally, it is clearly a standalone novel with a beginning, a middle and an end unlike many Cornwell novels that are part of a series and written with that in mind. So all in all, not your typical Cornwell but an enjoyable tale all the same. It will seem familiar to Cornwell fans and is worth a read even if you've never managed to get into any of his other novels.