Obvious that the author has done lots of research but do we need it all spelt out in long and boring detail? This is supposed to be an ACTION novel. Even when the action gets going in the way of martial arts fights these are described in such detail as to be leaden.
There are too many characters who are not drawn properly,eg describing a service record in detail doesn't illustrate a character. The dialogue is poor and stilted.
One of the reviewers said it would make a good film - well it was made into a telefilm, available on DVD, starring Joe Lando,& Rob Estes. filmed on board the QE2 it is much more satisfactory than the book. Cast of characters is slimmed down, the relationship between the brothers is altered and the secret service agents are much more effective than in the book where they seem to be protrayed as unfit and rather inefficient.Lots of action and no long descriptions of what people are eating.
Skip the book , get the DVD instead.
Not a book I will read again.