Sorry once more for being late to the discussion.
Just to add my praise for yet another great book from Una Mc Cormack.Excellent characterisations,great dashes of intrigue and a splendid plot(as usual).
I was delighted to see the return of Rennan Konya.
And reading through this thread has my mind spinning with possibilities,theories and counter-theories....all good then.
Btw,to the poster who insisted that the USA doesn't monitor their allies...I'm sure all that fuss about the NSA tapping the phones and e-mails of practically everyone in the world was pure fabrication.Grow up.