Intense is definately the right word to describe this unique novel. The book begins with fragments falling rapidly and without apparent connection. But Mr. Spite puts these shards together to create a story filled with suspense and brillant resolution. I enjoy a mystery that gives me the clues but surprises me with the outcome. When such a book is the first book in a series it is even more gratifying as I envision many more hours of great reading experience to come. I recommend this book to anyone who looking for more than a "casual read".