Double Down (Shadow of the Templar, #2) - M. Chandler This is my favourite in the Shadow of the templar series - well aside from High Fidelity, the latter from fangirl reasons...A mysterious thief haunts industrial sites all over America, stealing prototypes of all sorts of things, mostly weapons. FBI Special Branch Team Templar is involved for two reasons: first and foremost, the prototypes or rather counterfeits keep showing up in Russia, in the hands of leading Russian terrorist Karpol, thus threatening US security and even bringing in the CIA. On a more inofficial level, the modus operandi of said thief reminds Simon Drake, leader of the special OPs team fatally of his very special friend's, Jeremy Archer. So what would be more obvious than simply ask Jeremy? Although his team is less than excited at the prospect, Simon brings Jeremy on, only to learn than Jeremy may know the thief's identity but isn't inclined to share. What Jeremy is willing to do is helping them catch the thief. In doing so, Simon lets Jeremy lead an operation that fails royally. What is more, shortly afterwards Simon has to learn that there is a mule in the FBI who proceeds information to the very man they are standing against, Karpol.When Jeremy finds out the mule has to be a member of Simon's team, Simon boils over. Despite the tender relationship that has built between the two unlikely partners, Simon throws Jeremy out. He has to learn the hard way, though, that Jeremy was right. I liked this book best in the series because it is the most plausible. For once there is a villain who's really conceivable and a plot that has at least remotely to do with reality. Although the entire series is escapism at its best, I liked being able to actually see a possibility. Second, in this book, the relationship between Simon and Jeremy gains a depth and quality that makes the development of something more than sex finally possible. Like the other books in the series this one is fast - paced and packed with action. Remarkably, nearly every sex scene is fade to black, and yet the author manages to render the sexual tension between the major characters perfectly.