A gripping tale told well which never patronises nor proselytizes. It makes no overt attempt to but does provoke thought about contemporary freedoms and the place of lawlessness in any overbearing social order.
The subject was alien territory for me so the introduction and prologue seemed heavy going as the author compacted plenty of thought and fact into powerful sentences. Thereafter the sentence structure opened and it was a pleasurable downhill romp until in the final chapter one hits the Bolsheviks and one knows that the end of the story is idealism hijacked.
Butterworth engages one with the interlocking historical characters wrestling with the moral and practical challenges of effecting change. Their conflicting passions, vanities and altruism are depicted en passant as pawn takes pawn.
There are some interesting illustrations which leave one searching for more.