This Alexander Hawke opens with Hawke still smarting from the loss of his fiance and unborn child at the end of Tsar. He has fallen into an alcoholic haze and nothing can bring him out of it unitl a late night call from an old friend the Prince of Wales. There has been a threat against the Royal family from a mysterious man named "Smith". Hawke is drawn into this investigation which gets him out of his funk. Across the pond his old friends Stokely Jones and Harry Brock are involved in tracking down Muslim extremists called the Sword of Islam who have been recruiting terrorists in prison and unleashing terror attacks across the US and UK. The two cases collide and as is typical globe trotting violence ensues. No stop action with several nice twists and turns.