Tug of War Synopsis
Captain John Garrett of the Australian Army has been ordered back to Melbourne from Townsville to investigate a suspected intelligence leak in Central Bureau.
Garrett and an American Captain, Al Tucker are placed into the unit ostensibly as intelligence officers with no one, including the current section leader Captain Anthony Myers, aware of their mission.
Tucker begins to work against Garrett who desperately tries to track down the spy operating in the city. In doing so he discovers the most closely guarded secret of the Pacific war. As he draws closer to the truth so begins a life and death battle for survival. (Kobobooks)
The Book Beginning is:
He lay on his back and stared up at the six men standing in a semi circle around him. They were smiling, laughing. They were, he concluded, happy he would die.
What a way to capture your attention.
I really enjoyed his contemporary mystery thriller Sink or Swim. With Tug of War, Ross Collier has moved to a different subject matter and genre, historical fiction. Common to both novels though are endearing characters and Collier’s accessible and engaging prose.