This is what I call a flick read - story was good, but there were large sections where I could just scan the pages and it didn't interest me. So, flick onto the next section that has some relevance. A long book with only a few really interesting bits. Could have been shorter with less padding. However, the timing of the coming together at the end was not good or believable. The whole series was just too long with too much padding. Preferred the World War series.