I read Sarum, and it was terrific. London, somewhat less. Even Russia was OK. But in this novel, Rutherfurd does not present the story chronologically, and the jumping back and forth makes it difficult to follow.
Making it is easier to follow would have at least made it tolerable. Jumping forward and back by centuries I found very poor.
It was a big disappointment.
My wife and I also had read Neville's novel "The Eight" and were looking forward to her latest work. What a disappointment.
The previous reviewer is spot on. The story is confusing with a lot of loose ends never tied up. For a mystery/thriller, the literary technique is rather amateurish, inventing solutions to some problems which the reader could not possibly have guessed or deduced.
A great deal of time is spent developing the historical framework, but it is hardly significant as presented and could have been done much better.
Don't waste you time...
There were only a couple of short stories in this collection that I found to my liking. I am quite ready to admit that my taste may be more "traditional" (if that term may be applied to Science Fiction). I grew up reading Asimov, Herbert, Clark and the like. SciFi stories which attempt to address serious social issues in the genre simply diminish the effect in my eyes.
To paraphrase Bob Seger, "Gimme that ol' time SciFi..."
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