I really enjoyed this story. The political and international background is authentic. The characters are interesting and I particularly liked Natasha. The book could have done with a heavier dose of her and her sadistic ruthlessness. She is certainly not somebody who you would want to cross, even if you were battling for the same side.
For the most part, the pace is good, although it stumbles in places and I found some of the dialogue a bit forced and stilted. There were a few irritating little flaws in the narrative that acted like itching powder on me. Perhaps, since reading On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, I have become over-sensitive to adverbs and whether they add to or subtract from the meaning. I’ll admit that I have also been guilty of the same crime.
However, having said all of this, the underlying story is great and is well worth reading.
I am looking forward to reading the sequel.