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The time/POV shifts in the story were occasionally hard to follow. One paragraph would follow another (not a chapter break), but the action was days later. Or the same day, different locale.
I don't think the refrigerator of a 1942 submarine would have had plastic containers--plastic in those years was hard to come by, mostly bakelite, and not likely to be found in ship refrigerators.
I didn't like the ending. Contrived cliffhanger, the kind intended to force you to read the next in the series to find out how the hero or heroine gets out of an impossible situation.
It is long - 561 pages - which is not a problem for me but long, predicatable and boring is. It's like a 4 hour Mentalist, with just a one hour plot stretched on and on. All the 1942 (or therabouts) chapters could've been in a prologue instead of messing up the flow of the book completely. The story line about the old white men's club has been done to death and it changed every few chapters to our heroine's perils, creating constant p.o.v. adjustment; and which were many. Because she's the strong, silent type. (Sarcasm.)
Anyway, beyond a genral wow, did I just spend 8 hours reading that...what I was left with was: if someone bit you in the leg through the skin - ewwwww - wouldn't you wrap a towel around it? And, what would ocean water do to it? OMG, infection!
Guess I was NOT engaged.
Wishing it, doesn't make it so. With a great underlying plot; a secret French Sub, a fortune in gold and conflict between the Free and Nazi French, I looked forward to a great read....and the sub part was good. But the book kept jumping back and forth from the second world war to the present time and some stupid, secret college society with delusions of grandeur, and for what? One or two paragraphs about the boat and her cargo would have set the stage for the climax, forget about the flying back and forth to Washington, an ill defined super human bad guy and the rich childhood friend who added nothing to the story except an escape airplane ride and another fancy yacht (there are three of them in the story already).
Her handling of the sailing parts of the stories are wonderful, truly she has been there, she has marveled at the majesty of the oceans and writes well about it. I wish for those kinds of stories to keep coming and leave the fantasy to teenagers.
Having said all of that, this is not her best stuff. I mean she's creating characters named 'Diggory' for heaven's sake.
Characterization and scenic description, two of her strong points are lacking here.
The story itself is top-notch: WWII mystery sub with top-secret, damning info about the Allies and gold coins in wine bottles smuggled out of France. Where did it all go. Nothing wrong with this. That's as good as it gets. The female lead, ex-marine with a past connected to this Diggory character, saves a guy from drowning and gets drawn into the mystery of the lost sub as a result. THis just never clicks for me.
Finally, she creates this hokey club of puppet-master types who actually run the country and its important institutions. This never adds anything to the story and I think the attempt to create an over-arching conspiracy group muddies up what could have been a top-flight tale.
Pacing, good, but a little disjointed. Can forgive that, for I think this was a pretty ambitious undertaking for her.
Nope, what I really miss is the down-homey feel of the Seychelle books. peopled with believeable characters with sort of normal names. Ok, Ok, what's normal about Seychelle and the names of her two brothers. i get it.
This is one she should be discounting and get back to work on Seychelle.