từ 4935 Castelo do Neiva, Bồ Đào Nha
A fine wartime, political thriller with a little bit of a human touch. The part reserved to the Resistance is particularly enthralling in that Humes is successful in depicting the isolation these guerilla fighters must have felt. While they were free to roam the countryside, it was always as anonymous citizens...this anonymity semmed maddening at times. It serves to underscore the depth of their conviction, even though history has taught that were on the just side, this conviction, in any warrior, seems somewhat noble. The postwar scenes are at times bloated with political philosophy, but still the intrigue behind these philosophies prevents the novel from bogging down. As for characters, I thought that John Stone was a character of enormous depth. There is never really a breaking point, just an accumulation of experience that ultimately breaks him. The same goes for Alexi Carnot. Overall, I thought that this novel was successful on everything it aims for except for the character of Ambassador Sheppard. We are left to wonder why he was to be viewed as a great man. I'm sure that Humes was trying to portray him as a last bastion to a noble America that was to disappear and be swallowed up by Red paranoia, but I just felt that there was not an action that he undertook that ennobled him. Perhaps this was his final desperation and he had no choice but to commit suicide.