Firstly, I have always relished Faulks' craft and style; I downloaded this without a second thought. I became increasingly uncomfortable, however, with a plot including Auschwitz. For me, this is a hallowed area which is best left alone; I accept Kenneally triumphed with Schindler, but this is no Schindler. I confess to being an historian, and perhaps more sensitive - or pompous - than most, but I simply found the plot distasteful. This was compounded by a lack of depth in both plot, and cipher characters, which made me wonder if I was reading a literary parody - let's hope I was, and just didn't clock it.