This is a mosaic novel, displaying a dazzling array of settings and styles. Several threads run through it and keep all the elements building toward a fascinating and compelling conclusion.
Several things stood out as I savored this novel. There is a wealth of finely observed details, made all the more impressive by the diverse times and locations of the stories. The action scenes were truly outstanding, reminding me of the best adventure novels. Characters have very distinctive voices, and the writing style is brilliantly varied to reflect the time period of several stories. Descriptions are vivid. There is sex, but there is even more heart.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It will linger in my memory.