The book is slow to start, and does not pick up the pace quickly.
That said,the writing is excellent and it was a surprise how I kept my interest.
Some of the Author notes in the back are very unexpected.
The stories are true, as true as a historical novel can make them.
And Norma Bonesteel is based on a real person. That is like saying that Granny Weatherwax (prachett) was real. Spooky.
I gave this to a coworker who likes historical fiction and he is in awe about it.