Porter, Henry. Firefly. New York: Mysterious Press, 2018. c.480p. ISBN 978-0-8021-2895-9. $27.00. F
After having failed to find and rescue billionaire Denis Hisami's sister, murdered in Syria by Islamic State terrorists, Luc Samson, a Lebanese-born security agent, is asked by British intelligence (MI6) to trace the whereabouts of 13-year-old Naji, known to have been under ISIS tutelage. Naji may have witnessed the murder of Hisami's sister, but the Brits want him for the digital archives he stole from his masters. Code-named "Firefly," the highly intelligent and plucky teen has assumed responsibility for his fatherless family and is on his way from Syria to Germany to seek asylum for them all. Shipwrecked near Greece, he makes his way north into Macedonia traveling on foot through perilous terrain with numerous adventures, all the while pursued by Samson and ISIS killers who are after the stolen files. VERDICT Porter's sixth thriller (after The Bell Ringers), with its plethora of coincidences, requires a willing suspension of disbelief, but the reward is a dramatic portrayal of the difficulties faced by child refugees. Naji and Samson's interlaced histories will appeal to readers who enjoy thrillers enriched with social and political issues and driven by suspenseful episodes of flight and pursuit.