As has been said, the book goes somewhat astray of it's title but that's OK. The characters are real and interesting. Oddly, there are few if any super brain stories here. The Nobel babies struggle to decide what happens now that their "gift" is out, then life happens, pure and simple. Ditto the donors who run the gamut from hoping to someday meet their offspring to those who have all but forgotten they donated at all.
The authors spin on the larger picture represented here is balanced and his first person account is endearing. The book sneaks up on you, it's a good one. I liked the reader a lot as well. I'd definitely recommend this one.
The parallels to the Sharpe series are blatant, which is good if you're a fan of Sharpe, as I am. Truslow is to Starbuck as Patrick Harper is to Sharpe, from the way they met through their working relationship. Cornwell even introduces a lesser character in Col Lassan, war observer for the Government of France who turns out to be Sharpe's son. If you like the Sharpe series you'll like the Starbuck series and vice versa. Similar characters, different war.
Wrapping a history lesson around the exploits of likeable, fictional characters is no simple task. A few do it, fewer still do it well. The Aubrey Maturin series is one available here on Audible. My personal favorite is the Flashman series though, unfortunately, it's not (yet) an Audible offering. Cornwell does a great job and Tom Parkers read is just great. It feels odd routing for the South, knowing the outcome, but you will and the Starbuck series is a great way to get a history lesson you'll not forget.
The author has an ego, a big one, but I suppose that's a mandate given the job. Not much here about actual sniping, mostly the set up. Entertaining anecdotes are few. The book is OK. The reader has a thick Boston accent which wears me out for some reason. I can take most readers but this one has me close to giving up.
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