Plot: This novel is a rip-roaring adventure: well plotted, well paced, and full of action that will keep readers turning pages.
Prose: The book is well researched and boasts clear, skillfully crafted, sometimes philosophical, and thoroughly enjoyable prose.
Originality: This is a historical adventure in the tradition of Patrick O'Brian that is nonetheless fresh and original.
Character Development: The characters are vivid, consistent, and varied. Female characters are as multi-dimensional as their male counterparts. Character interactions are authentic and interesting.
Blurb: A fast-paced, skillfully told, and thoughtful adventure. Fans of Patrick O'Brian will be delighted.
Date Submitted: May 10, 2017
Nine reviews in the two weeks the book has been available:
Pearl Angeli: FIVE STARS “[This book] was definitely one of the most interesting books I’ve read up to date. It was gripping, action-packed, with well-developed characters.”
James Mosley: FIVE STARS “A most enjoyable read of Napoleonic adventure, spying and intrigue.”
Frederick Ware Huff, Author of The Liberator Bomber: FIVE STARS “Another cliff hanger as Henry Doyle returns to the fight. Plus you learn of the Barbary Wars and the interaction of cultures in the early 1800s that whets your appetite for more.”
Rebecca: FIVE STARS “Classic fiction novel that deserves a five star review.”
Kate S: FIVE STARS “Wonderful and developed plot! A well written, deeply researched historical fiction that kept my attention till the very last page.”
Grady Harp, HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE: FIVE STARS “Strong propulsive writing, rich in color and vivid language make this a fine introduction to what appears to be a series of importance.”
Amanda Shepard: FIVE STARS “Fans of spy and adventure novels will be enthralled by Behr's writing, and his characters just help to drive the story forward.”
Bianca: FIVE STARS “[This book] is certainly a must to pick up.. A good read and well-executed.”
Edard: FIVE STARS “This book contains fascinating characters, wonderful and accurate in-depth historical settings, fast paced action and great perspective on mid-eastern religions that provide an understanding of how those parts of the world think and act. The twists and turns set in a fast moving story will prevent you from putting this book down until the early morning hours.”