Quite like a lot of Hollywood movies, the beginning is much better than the ending. The beginning was so ambitious and it's just lured me to keep on chasing the development of the story. Because I seemed to feel that there would be something quite extraordinary going to happen. At the end, though it's not anything that I could have expected, it's made me feel unsatisfactory. Is the seduction act of Dr. Ariel Weiss in the CIA Director's, Graham Weber's, apartment really necessary ? It's probably necessary to make us think that Graham Weber had fallen into Cyril Hoffman's trap. Nevertheless, at the end, we were told that Ariel Weiss actually informed the President that the audio and video material against Weber was fabricated. But if her plan was just against Cyril Hoffman, she didn't really need to go through that seduction act. Couldn't she just tell people that Hoffman had threatened to fire her if she didn't do what Hoffman told her to, without actually doing it ?!
In this novel, there are a lot of details about how the intelligence agencies in US operated or dealt with each other. Though nobody can probably tell us whether it's entirely true, the stories described in this novel are very fascinating and certainly offer a lot of desire for readers to find out what was going to happen next. The hacking parts are intriguing but it's not really at a level of "shock and awe" to me. At least, it's not too difficult for me to understand and imagine :-)
If the hacking has been too easy, it also seems that James Morris was able to go from country to country too easily, even when the British and European police were looking for him ?! A bit too difficult to believe and too unrealistic !
p.179 (2nd-3rd last lines), Ruth Savin's question was how one can the Jewish wedding is an Orthodox, Reform or Liberal one. But the answer on the 1st 3 lines of p.180 was about the Orthodox, Conservative and Reform weddings....Continua