The second installment of the Black Cobra Quartet follows the journey of Major Gareth Hamilton (for the backstory, see the synopsis for Book 1) and his copy of the letter. After their brief meeting, both Major Hamilton and Emily Ensworth, niece of the Governor of Bombay, have an instant attraction. When Emily learns that Major Hamilton has left she does all in her power to discover his destination and beat him there. What she doesn’t know is that he is on a mission to destroy as many of the Black Cobra cult as possible. As soon as Major Hamilton espies Emily on the dock, he saves her from certain death. He decides the only way to keep her safe is for her to join him on his journey north to England. As they elude danger and political intrigue throughout the middle east, it becomes apparent that they are more than attracted to each other.
While there are many exotic locations and much action, this novel falls short. The main characters are somewhat unbelievable and annoying at times. There is plenty of action but the descriptions are too long and one loses interest. Laurens began each chapter with a journal entry from Emily. Frankly, I could have done without these entries. They seemed to make the chapters continue forever and served little purpose. This book was fairly tedious and not one that I would recommend.
Score: 2.5 out of 5