I enjoyed much of this book, whether or not it had factual errors. Not being a military man I could not comment on these.
However, as I read, I found an obtrusive, out-of-place note sounding a number of times -- little squibs about Christianity popping up here and there. I would not have minded these, and in fact would scarcely have noticed these, if they had been part of tightly woven character depictions. However, they just felt wrong, as though they didn't belong.
[I am adding to this review on 6 December a number of additional comments, which I have enclosed in brackets.
A number of Christian zealots (not to be confused with ordinary Christians) have bought this book as retribution for what they believe must be anti-religious feelings on my part. At least two have contacted me more or less admitting this. What I wanted to bring to people's attention was what seems to me to be a transparent motivation: selling books by assuming a false mantle of religion. The Black Sea Affair seems to me to include an attempt to capitalize on religion and the gullibility of many of the devout.]
[This review is a BOOK review, not a religion review. One novel that legitimately handles devout religion in its characters -- in strong contrast to The Black Sea Affair -- is In-Sight, by Gerard D. Webster. In In-Sight religion is an organic part of characters' backgrounds and personalities, not something slapped on at the last minute to sell books. And if you need another example of a religiously-themed book I greatly like, take a look at Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, too.]
[Folks, if you're going to buy The Black Sea Affair because of its little pro-Christianity snippets, which have nothing to do with the real plot, your being played.]
But to continue my original review ----- This is an interesting thriller about evil Muslims trying to blow up a major city with a hydrogen bomb. Evil Muslims, got it ?
I was not surprised as I finished the book to find that it was published by a religious, Christian publishing house. Obviously it was designed not only to amuse us as we read along, but also perhaps to convert us. Once I saw the aim of the publishing house, I knew I had been right in feeling that the little religious snippets I had found here and there were really the excuse for the whole book.
I don't like having religion slipped to me that way, and I wonder if the rest of Brown's novels have the same out-of-place messages.