- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2558 KB
- Print Length: 454 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (15 April 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JQG90HS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the first in a trilogy of books covering the intertwined lives of two families who are connected by marriage and their professional lives (they are spies). The hybrid spy/family saga spans most of the twentieth century with this first book dealing with the First World War.
To truly appreciate this masterpiece you must accept this is a trilogy and read all three books. Highly recommend this satisfying labyrinth tale.
It intertwines fiction with real events, this is sometimes cleverly done but at others, if you know a bit about key WW1 moments, you'll have alarm bells ringing in your head about particular plot lines way ahead of time.
There's a lot of setting up at the start which means the book does seem to drag for a while before it gets into its stride.
The biggest problem I had though is that there are a lot of characters and a lot of Railtons and the latter have a habit of marrying and having children so it can be hard to keep track of who's who. You could really do with plotting a family tree as you read.
There's also the odd historical howler - the LMS railway hadn't been formed in 1918 for example.
Finally it seems to have a sort of sprint finish. Having dragged its way to 1917 it deals with the last two years of the war and a short hop to the 1930s to set things up for a sequel in just three chapters.
You'll find a fair bit to like here but as a reader you need to be prepared to work at it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too many Railstons, very poor introduction to the various families and not one character worth following. Read morePublished 22 days ago by eamon cowman
If you like your 20th century history spiced with fictional,yet wholly believable truisms, then this is for you. Real,unreservedly effusive adult reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Longodds
What a tale of treachery and love. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next book in the series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carole Barlow
This is a sort of hommage to Keith Follett's series The Century Trilogy. But Follett can really write. Gardner cannot manage his hordes of named characters to the same extent.Published 7 months ago by S. McHugh
Brilliant. In the secret world of espionage there can be no greater praise. I couldn't put the trilogy down.Published 10 months ago by A. A. Strange
It may have been hard work to write it but it was even harder to read it - I could not believe itPublished 15 months ago by christopher balnaves
Fascinating characters and intriguing relationships intertwined with the setting up of the secret services and the tragedies and heroic acts of war.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer