Charlie Hardie is the functional equivalent of a comic book hero, and I mean that in the best possible way. This is the second of the three (so far?) books chronicling Hardie's war against the secret group who actually controls the United States. Hardie takes an amazing amount of punishment, as usual, and dishes out even more. Though these books aren't, in my opinion, up to the usual plotting and prose standards of some earlier Swierczynski books (notably The Wheelman and The Blonde), they are certainly a lot of fun to read.