A group of British agents led by American flyboy Luke Ray attempts to rescue a nurse held captive in occupied Belgium before she is executed by the Germans. As the group faces daily danger, Luke falls in love with Kezia and wonders if she or someone on his team is a counter-agent.
Toombs constructs a twisting, workmanlike plot and her research is top-notch. She displays impeccable knowledge of the technical aspects of war, and her choice of setting is unusual and well done. She is less capable at conveying the sense of urgency necessary to make this type of novel a page-turner.
Little time is spent developing the characters. All of them are rather wooden, and the bad guys aren't bad enough. What starts as a promising adventure and romance never really pans out. (Mar., 421 pp., $12.95)