I enjoyed reading the book tremendously. The plot is catching, the characters are realistic, the author's research and knowledge on a subject is very thorough. When I started reading the novel, I couldn't stop until I finished it. I BELIEVED the story,and there are not many books I can say the same about. There is everything in it - love, hatred, betrayal, despair, revenge... you name it. My only critique I have is about the ending. Although it's great, I thought it was a little bit predictable. I KNEW that Nick was alive, no doubt about it. For me it seemed like the author got a little tired of the novel and wanted to finish it quickly. On my opinion, he could have added some twist to the end. But anyway, what a great movie could be made out of it!! Way to go, Mike! I will be impatiently waiting for your next book.