Defender is the first book in the Alex Morgan series; Morgan is an agent of Intrepid, a specially trained and secretive group at Interpol. In Defender, a coup is about to take place in the African country of Malfajiri. Two British agents have been lost (one confirmed killed, one suspected of having gone rogue). Morgan goes to Mafajiri as the coup starts and chases the rogue British agent (Victor Lundt) in the aftermath, leading to a tense final battle in Sydney and discovering who was backing the agent.
Morgan is described as part Jason Bourne and part James Bond, which is quite an accurate description; his battle in Sydney with Lundt is something that would not be out of place in a James Bond film. The action is described in plenty of detail and focuses on different characters involved, moving quickly from one to another to keep the pace rattling along. There is also plenty of lead up to the action, putting it into a context and showing why Morgan takes the action he does. A good thriller and I would be happy to read the second book in the series (Hunter) and continue to follow Morgan’s exploits.
Rating (Out of 5): ****