Top critical review
Slow pace and an unsatisfying ending.
on August 18, 2007
The pace of the book is very uneven. When it focuses on the espionage part it is for the most part at least somewhat interesting, but too often when it's getting interesting, Aikman stops the action to go into overlong descriptions of life in a submarine, or General Hodges's life story. On the other hand, he never really lets us get to know Ritchfield, the main character very well. Not enough at least for me to really care about him. There's also several examples of repetition, where the author explains things he's already explained. But apart from the slow pace, the biggest problem is probably that the book leaves way too many loose ends. Like the most obvious question, who won the war in the end? It's like there was supposed to be a sequel that was never written. I would not recommend buying this book.