There were five or six different storylines in here, all of which intersected at some point with one of more of the others. By far my favorite was theThere were five or six different storylines in here, all of which intersected at some point with one of more of the others. By far my favorite was the one about Hod Brackenridge--gold prospector, prizefighter, miner, soldier, entrepreneur. I also liked all the parts about Wilmington, S.C. and the characters from there (Luncefords, Scotts, et al.) All of the action that took place in the West and the Yukon was great. Same with Wilmington and NYC. The military action in Cuba and Philippines I found much less interesting and not much fun to read. So it was kind of annoying every time I was getting really interested in one of the more compelling subplots, suddenly that chapter ends and you're back into the the dreary Philippines campaign for another 50 or 100 pages, or occasionally into one of the other smaller subplots that I found uninteresting, such as the story of Harry Manigault and his work in the early moving picture industry.
So I was between 3 and 4 stars most of the time I was reading this, and around two-thirds of the way through, I decided that I would probably give it 4 stars if this one thing that i really wanted to happen happened, and 3 stars if it didn't. As you can see by my rating, that thing that I wanted to happen did finally happen ... on page 952, the fourth-to-last page of the book.