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The pleasure is in the detail
on 15 October 2010
They are certainly well researched and moves at a good pace. However, sometimes too good, it's almost as if he wrote the whole series in a hurry (maybe to meet a deadline). Some scenes have quite a bit of detail and then suddenly a whole series of events will happen over a page or two.
I have greatly enjoyed his other books (in whichever of his guises) and these have been more leisurely constructed but these three books should, perhaps, have been four or even five.
All in all they have ended up as one long holiday read rather than true historical novels