I love this period of historical novel and McCallin is the best I've read so far. In the beginning it's a bit hard to keep track of all the character..Show More »s, but stick with it; the book is very well written and very suspenseful. Narration is great including a multitude of voices and quirks vocalic quirks for several characters. I just finished the book and purchased Book 2. Can't wait to keep up with Gregor Reinhardt.
While listening to this marvel of historical fiction, I found myself stopping and Googling on several occasions. The struggles in the Balkins has alw..Show More »ays intriguiged me, especially the focal point of Sarejevo. I have learned more from historical novelists and journalistic memoirs than I could have imagined. There are so many threads of man's inhumanity to man that seem to escape the headlines of history. In the epilogue, McCallin refers to the House of Terror, synonymous with his Pale House and to Jasenovak Prison, whose crimes against humanity rival and surpass those of Auschwiz. The Ustase, given power over this tiny piece of geography are material for nightmares that outdo those of the SS. Gregor Reinhardt is McCallin's vehicle to guide us through and illustrate places in history that we might never have known existed. I look forward to Gregor's next journey into the no man's land between loyalty and morality. 2016 I think... To follow Sarajevo into our present frame of reference I recommend the book 'Love Thy Neighbor: a Story of War' by Peter Maas, which can be found on Audible.com.