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The end of a love affair
on 31 December 2015
I have read every (or nearly every - may have missed the odd one or two) previous GS novel and have loved every one of them but I think this is the end of the love affair - this is the first one where I was glad to get to the end.
GS's usual ingredients (a fanatic with a mission and a journey, a damaged, normally psychologically, individual whose mission is to stop the fanatic, plus some manipulation, deception, betrayal and treachery) are all here but there is just too much of everything: too many fanatics, too many journeys, too many damaged individuals and too much manipulation, deception, betrayal and treachery.
There is also too much superfluous waffle and padding - whole subsidiary storylines could have been cut out (eg: the visits to the WWII battlefields) without leaving a hole in the main story.
Many parts of the story are way beyond credibility and many of the characters are cardboard cutouts.
A huge disappointment for me and I suggest that, if you are a GS fan, you give this one a miss.