Yes. It had twists, turns, doublebacks, and lots of research went into it that he shared without being didactic. The ancient history of Manhattan fit smoothly into the narrative.
Ellis wove new (to me) ideas into the narrative and still was able to keep it naturalistic, unlike his work in other genres.
No. He reminded me a lot of George Guidall, who did excellent work in the first version of American Gods.
I normally listen to books with a fantastical aspect to them, e.g. zombie apocoplyses, space operas, etc., and was expecting a mind-bending story like so many of his others, but I was pleasantly surprised by the lack.
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