The U.N. is a complicated organization, and its intrigues, politics, trade-offs and petty jealousies are certainly reflected in this novel, the latest in the Yael Azoulay series, the sequel to “The Geneva Option.” The story really is a mishmash which mirrors the unruliness that is reflected within the glass façade of the buildings in Turtle Bay.
The novel encompasses a few story lines: A conspiracy to remove the secretary general from office (it should be noted that Yael acts as a special envoy for the SG), and a plot by a powerful lobbying and security company to take over UN security operations, including peacekeeping forces and, of course, to get rid of Yael, who is deep in the middle of the various aspects.
There is plenty of action throughout, but even this element does little to simplify or enhance what is an awkward book. A major part of the novel refers to a major UN-sponsored peace-keeping conference in Istanbul, attended by the heads of government of the five major powers and countless other world leaders. And, when the reader finally reaches the end of the book, such event is largely ignored. Does it take place? If so, what happens?...Continua