This book was much better than I was expecting it to be! While I cannot judge how accurate the events and history are, I can say I liked the story.The author quickly draws you in right from the start. No time wasted, which I like to see. This is a true page-turner. Very hard to put down. While it may seem lengthy to some, once you start reading, you fly through it. I thought this book is well paced and done. My only complaint: a bit too much detail at times, but that may be trying to correlate to real events.The characters are fantastically done! You really feel for them. Even the 'bad guys.' Miriam was my favorite character. I thought Jake would have been, but certain things he does pulled me away a bit. Overall, nicely done! I will have to keep an eye out for other books by Lance Charnes.