Alex Morgan is Chris' alter ego - and often, when you have an ex-military, been there, done that, type of protagonist, it's a case of 'woulda, coulda, shoulda' on the part of the author. With Allen and Alex, it's more a case of 'been there, done that, bought the elite paratrooper turned counterterrorism expert t-shirt'. Because these are the facts, folks. Chris Allen's life is just as fascinating as fiction, and probably quite a bit stranger.
There is no way to go any deeper into the action without giving plot spoilers, except to say there is brotherly love, lots of stabby stabbing (yes, I love the stabby stabbing), mind control, two of the most unpleasant characters I have come across in quite some time in the form of the two Danes, and someone whom you hope like hell has a shred of humanity left inside them, but truly, absolutely doesn't.