I thorougly enjoyed this rattling good yarn on my Kindle, although I knew nothing about the author before I started. As others have commented, it gets off to a slowish start, but to say it took 2/3 to get going is rather harsh in my opinion. If the end was a little predictable, so what? It was a pleasing journey getting there. I hope Mr Simons can produce more like this, although considering the huge amount of research that has gone into a book of this quality, I don't expect future stories will come exactly thick and fast.