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Entertaining but not riveting
on October 6, 2012
I'll admit that the main reason I purchased this book (on Kindle) was because, like the protagonist in the novel, at one time I was also an expat living in Luxembourg. I have to say that the author does a great job of capturing some of the daily routines, sights and overall feeling of being an expat in Luxembourg. On top of that, the book is an enjoyable read, and certainly there is plenty of adventure in the book.
On the downside, the author continually shifts back and forth between the present day and earlier periods, incrementally revealing more of the plot as the story progresses. While I understand the reason for this technique, it became a little wearisome after a while, and I felt that it was used to mask an overly linear plot development. In addition, the plot became a little too far-fetched and stretched the bounds of credibility later in the book.
If you enjoy spy vs spy intrigue and don't mind compromises in plot and character development, the book is fine. If you're interested in the nature of American expat life, the book is enlightening. At the end of the day, I came down firmly in the middle on the book. I enjoyed reading it, but I don't know if it is for everyone.