After the prologue, we jump straight into the action, which takes place over just a few days. Thanks to the escalating and intertwining skirmishes, the book is a short, fast-paced read (something I appreciate with my minimal reading time). Even though this book was written from multiple third-person point-of-view, it read as Jamie's story to me. He was the character I connected with best, and he's the one I mourned the challenges faced most. Bryullov's and Hari's loyalties were questioned a few times, and I was never quite sure who they really reported to or worked for--but that's the life of a spy. From what little I've read about the history of the region, Chris's portrayal of ever-changing loyalties and violence seemed appropriate, if sad for the locals.
Great start to the series. I'm curious to see where Chris will take Hari and Jamie in the next story.
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