I've started Retaliation and am pleased to find many old favourites are back:
1. Chapter two begins with the US President (another President as main character!) and Jim Crane telling each other things they already know.
2. An ultimatum delivered to the Japanese Ambassador.
3. A main character who made his fortune in the oil business.
4. Thinly-veiled Trudeau bashing ("That socialist bastard up there in Ottawa")
5. A deal brewing to take over a major US company (wait a minute - didn't Pierre de Gaspe already do this? Maybe not - by page 40 I still don't know the target of the takeover bid - maybe it's NOT an energy/oil related takeover this time).
Why does Chapter 1 read like a pitch?
My new favourite Rohmer line, deliberately quoted here out of context for effect: "It'll be a cosmetic carrot for the beaver before I hit it between the eyes with my sanctions!".