Assumes the knowledge I was looking for. This is aimed at people who already know everything I hoped to find out froAssumes more knowledge than I had.
Assumes the knowledge I was looking for. This is aimed at people who already know everything I hoped to find out from it and didn't address one key issue. That doesn't make it a bad book, just one that is only accessible to and useful to people who have already studied the campaign in considerable depth.
What I hoped to find, based on the description and the portion of the beginning I could see on Amazon, was a detailed study of the campaign. What were the opposing forces? (air and ground especially) What forces did the Commonwealth send as reinforcements? Given that the Japanese were clearly preparing for war- withdrawing their merchant marine to the western Pacific, what were the British options in say early August 1941? What specifically could have been sent to the Far East that instead went to North Africa or the Soviets? What impact did those weapons have where they ended up? What impact would they have had in the Far East? Why did the British send a.clearly inferior fleet of capital ships only? Why didn't they return the submarines they had removed to other theatres and add to their number? Submarines would appear to be the ideal weapon against an enemy with overwhelming local superiority on the surface, but who has to land and supply forces on a fairly restricted set of areas.
That's what the book didn't do in any kind of depth. It did have some interesting info on the state of Indian army training, which was far worse than I had realized, and some interesting info on how the British chose Singapore as a base, some alternatives and how the Brits viewed their position in the Far East in.relationship to US. Many British choices were designed to impress the U.S. with British resolve rather than to actually defend the Far East....more
I didn't think this was quite as strong as the first two Monster Hunter books, but it was still quite good. Correia sets the stakes high, keeps the acI didn't think this was quite as strong as the first two Monster Hunter books, but it was still quite good. Correia sets the stakes high, keeps the action non-stop, but still manages to have decent plots and well-drawn characters....more
This is a strong story, with a unique protaginist--a hitman incapable of normal human emotions. It's well written for the most part, withA strong four
This is a strong story, with a unique protaginist--a hitman incapable of normal human emotions. It's well written for the most part, with one brief weak spot. The weak spot: a too-long section revealing one of the character's backstories. Other than that, good plotting, good action, good characterization and it held my attention....more
Mysteries aren't my genre of choice, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The story runs on two parallel tracks, with one point of view chaAlmost a five
Mysteries aren't my genre of choice, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The story runs on two parallel tracks, with one point of view character in 1978 and the other in 1998. You probably know from the book description that a Cleveland bank closed abruptly and remained closed for decades before Iris, a young architect, was sent to survey it for possible sale and renovation. Iris keeps stumbling upon mysteries as she tries to recreate a floor plan of the bank. Many of those mysteries involve a woman named Beatrice. Cut to 1978, where we meet Beatrice, then an employee of the soon to be closed bank.
The stories of the two women continue in parallel, with a series of ambiguous clues surfacing in 1998 as to Beatrice's fate 20 years earlier. The author does a good job with the parallel stories.
Overall, the book grabbed me and I kept going back to it whenever I could. There were some minor annoyances that kept me from giving it a five. At one point late in the book, one of the pov characters does an emotional meltdown that just didn't ring true to me. A meltdown at that point was called for, but the character thoughts during that meltdown needed work. There was also a prominent Romantic or at least physical subplot that ended up being extraneous to the story. I suppose you could argue that it was a red herring of sorts, but it felt unresolved and unnecessary.
Other than that, good story, a page turner and well worth my time....more