Nick Lee works for the United Nations Cultural Liaison and Investigative Office (CLIO) to protect the world's cultural artifacts and treasures. This statement alone had me hooked, but when I learned the story dealt with the Ghent Altarpiece and would, of course, have all of the hallmarks of Steve Berry's thrilling writing, I was all in. Nick has traveled to Belgium at the request of his ex-fiancé Kelsey. Kelsey broke off their engagement many years ago when she felt a calling to devote her life to God. Nick has struggled to move on from Kelsey, but when she asks him to come to Belgium, he can't refuse. His trip becomes very complicated very quickly when he sees Kelsey being attacked and the panel of the Ghent Altarpiece Kelsey has been restoring go up in flames. If that setup doesn't peak your interest, I don't know what would.
The Omega Factor is a fantastic standalone novel that I really hope becomes the kickoff for a new series. Nick Lee is a complicated and likable character and I can see how there could even be crossover books with the Cotton Malone series.
Overall, a thrilling read that has me excited and hopeful to see these characters again. I received this book courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.