Gavin Shawlens is a fairly mild-mannered professor in biochemistry, who has been recruited by the British Secret Service to assist them whenever his particular scientific expertise is required in an investigation. He is anything but a secret agent and when he becomes involved with a new enzyme that will revolutionize the British fishing industry he is unaware just how far over his head he really is as he becomes entangled in a network of industrial espionage, murder, and international spying.
This is fast-paced, well written and the plot has plenty of twists and turns guaranteed to keep your attention and keep you interested. One thing I particularly liked about Gavin, as a character, is his fallibility. When he doesn't know what to do, he reverts to type and acts like any normal citizen would. He is as far removed from the image of "James Bond" as you can get and that is what makes him so engaging and interesting.
Bickerstaff left us wondering what comes next. Having read Book three and knowing where Gavin is placed by that stage, I am now fascinated by what must clearly happen in book two to reach that. I will definitely be reading the second book in this great series, very soon. An excellent read, highly recommended and well worth the five stars I am giving it. Good job Mr Bickerstaff.