This book is not for those who merely have a general interest in science and/or archaeology. The author gets extremely technical at times. I have two Master's degrees and at a couple of points he totally lost me. The author is repetative and loves to belabor the obvious. The book reads like a textbook but some of the conclusions are so far outside academic norms they stretch credulity. I wish I hadn't made the choice
I must be listnening to a different book than some of these reviewers. This is an excellent work, well written, well plotted and well drawn engaging characters. But, what really was fun for me as a professional historian was the enjoyment of picking out Weber's historical situations. Anything that mixes the Medici Papacy with the Battles of Trafalger and Lepanto in a 16th century setting is just great. Like many other reviewers I can't wait for the sequel. On the other hand I just might get it at Amazon so I don't have to wait.
This book impressed me. I thought the plot was very original, the characters well drawn and interesting and the reading nicely done. There are a lot of he said's as is usual with a new writer but you quickly get used to them. Overall the book was very enjoyable. The sequel is is the bookracks now, can't wait for Audible to get it.
This is a really fun book. As a historian I was impressed by the author's knowledge of 16th century Europe and the plot was fascinating. The only reason I only gave it a four was because after about the third escape from hopeless circumstances it was starting to remind me of Perils of Pauline, but the narration, plot and historiography were good enough for two listenings. This one's a keeper.
Higgins at his best. Spans four decades seamlessly with enough plot twists to satisfy anyone. The only thing I take issue with is his maligning the name of arguably the greatest fighter pilot in history (Erich "Bubi" Hartmann) by giving him such a morally pathetic character in the book.
Despite that, this one is a keeper.
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