I was slow getting into the book and almost moved on, but about a quarter into it, I realized it had caught my interest. This is not a book exploring new ideas or attempting to shed light on the human condition or making a comment on society. This is exactly what it seems to be - a tense, well-written novel of the men and women who serve their country at the spear’s point. Nothing about it struck me as fake or contrived. No soul-searching reluctant or anti-heroes here; these are people who know why they serve and accept the incredible sacrifices required of them.
The science is a bit hand-wavy - seriously, thermal imagery through multiple concrete floor & ceiling assemblies? But it’s right at home in this setting, so put aside your well reasoned skepticism and enjoy. The authors seamlessly blend spying, top level operators and over-the-top geopolitics, although they’re still pushing Russia as America’s chief global adversary, which seems a bit silly. But in the end, it’s well-executed, and that’s what really matters. If you enjoy the genre, you’ll likely enjoy this.