The author of British Agent continues his personal story with an interlude -- a vacation -- in which he ""returns to Malaya"", the scene of his first serious escapade, his romantic love affair with the Malayan girl, twenty five years before. It is more definitely a travel book -- less an autobiography -- though the recounting of his wanderings, the cruising through the islands of the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, on and on to the Malayan Archipelago, Java and back, -- abounds in personal anecdotes and the unfolding of his own story, on a limited canvas. The best book for the traveler (in fact or imagination) interested in that part of the world that I have encountered. One gets not only the ""feel"" of the countries, but an insight into their political, social and economic conditions and the historical background. Lockart has a genius for spinning a yarn -- and he doesn't let his readers down in this new book. A good bet for last minute Christmas gifts, as it is unlikely to be a duplicate.