Having read the reviews I must agree that this is not your typcial spy novel. It probably wouldn't take more than half an hour to tell the plot of the..Show More » story without missing out on anz of the facts. However, the fun for me lay exactly in the languid pace. This is NOT a fast pace spy thriller but rather a very slow description of spy work during the war. And as we should know by now spying is 95% boring preparation for 5% thrilling action. WEB gives the 95% a human face and paints a facinating picture of the characters.