Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers' Favorite
"Scorpion Betrayal" by Andrew Kaplan is a thriller which barely allows the reader a second to take a gasp of air in order to get ready for the next thrill-a-minute experience. Scorpion is a man who works as a government agent - and yet, he doesn't. He is backed up in his espionage work by the government and yet, he isn't. He finds himself trekking all over Europe in search of the "Palestinian" who is bent on massive destruction via bombs and toxic plagues. There is a love interest in the form of Najla, a Lebanese woman who tells as many lies as dogs have fleas and yet, Scorpion is strangely attracted to her.
This book is flawlessly conceived and it moves at breakneck speed. The fate of the world at large appears to be in the hands of the Palestinian who appears unstoppable. But Scorpion is so well-developed in his character that the reader cheers for Scorpion to out-manipulate him and to restore the semblance of order to the Free World. The characters are unforgettable. The reader understands the manner in which each and every player in the plot thinks, feels and acts. But even so, the reader is kept guessing as to how they will all interplay to either facilitate or rescue the common folks who are clueless as to their impending fate. Kaplan is right up there with the best of the suspense writers and this book gives him an instant and lasting credibility in his field.