The story has so many holes in it that it is not believable. If it were stated to be a science fiction or jungle adventure story, it might hold up. But the story line is absurd.
The book was informative and entertaining. Perhaps too long. It definitely could have been edited somewhat.
I enjoyed the book but not nearly as much as The Dante Club. I learned quite a bit about India, the opium trade, publishing, Dickens' tours in the US. But some of the dialogue was just silly.
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