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By Geoffrey Archer

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The Burma Legacy
By Geoffrey Archer
Charnwood Large Print, 2002
ISBN: 0-7089-9369-9
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed by Herbert White - May 30, 2006

From Geoffrey Archer, the author of Fire Hawk and The Lucifer Network, comes The Burma Legacy, another fast-paced, unforgettable thriller featuring the slightly flawed MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) agent, Sam Packer. Paired with Inspector Midge Adams, a narcotic's officer with the Australian Federal Police, Packer travels to the Golden Triangle where poppies, drug dealers, and death abound. Packer has been tasked with the job of stopping Peregrine Harrison from killing Tetsuo Kamata - a task more easily said than done.

During World War II, the British Harrison had been captured by the Japanese and interned in a POW camp. There he was tortured and maltreated by Kamata, who is now, fifty-five years later, a wealthy businessman. A chance sighting of Kamata brings all of Harrison's hatred and lust for revenge to the surface. Without hesitation, Harrison sets out to get his revenge by killing, or at least, having Kamata killed. In his late seventies, Harrison is perhaps, physically unable to carry out this task on his own. A leader of a cult, Harrison's followers are willing to do anything for their leader, and he is not beyond using them to get his revenge.

In the process of trying to find and stop Harrison from committing this understandable crime, Packer delves into the dark recesses of Harrison's past, and his own. When Kamata is kidnaped in Burma, Packer must insinuate himself into the world of drugs and war lords that control the Golden Triangle in order to try and get him back. In the process he must deal with a host of enemies all bent upon one thing - killing Packer.

The Burma Legacy is a great read. Archer's writing is well-researched and smooth. Packer is a hard hitting, womanizing, secret agent who isn't afraid of danger or doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Like the other books in the Packer series, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, and it will leave you anxious to read more from the pen of Geoffrey Archer.

The Burma Legacy can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of Charnwood Large Print.

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