As a fan of historical fiction I expected to like this book a lot more. All the pieces are there but they never quite joined up into a suspenseful tale. I spoil nothing by saying the killer was revealed way too early in the book and was so stupid that I actually was a bit embarrassed it took so long to catch him. The book also suffered from an over abundance of side plots and too much ultimately pointless “forensic science.” Only the likability of main characters kept it uneasily afloat. I think I will go read The Alienist by Carr again to remind myself of how this book could have been done the right way.
I loved Honor from the very first book, but as the series goes on David Weber is drifting slowly away from what had made it great. This is the first book where Honor is noticeably being pushed off to the sides of her own series, replaced by interminably explanation of new technology and tactics and a beginning of the slide into the murky, frustrating obsession with politics that sucks whatever joy could have been out of the following books. The parts with Honor are still good enough to make this one worth the listen, however maddeningly short they maybe, but it is the last book I can say that of. If after listening to this book you agree with me that politics and unrestrained techno babble are not as good as compelling characters and plot, I would make this the last in the series you bother with. I wish I had.
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