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After listening to Ken Follett's Hornet Flight (excellent), I had high expectations for Code to Zero.
Flashbacks--from WWII to 1958--and Flashtechs--from the story to 1958 vintage space technology--eventually merge into a somewhat coherent plot, but take far too long. The object of suspense should be how the story may turn, not whether the author is ever going to get his arms around it.
And the story?when it does come together?keeps being broken apart by consistency goofs. After beginning the story waking up in Washington with amnesia, dressed like a vagrant with no trace of his identity, the hero eventually traces his way back to his home--where he pulls a key out of the pocket of his stolen clothes and opens the door. The Ford Fiesta, one of which the hero steals in 1958, didn't start production until 1976. Time machines and self-replicating pocket replicators shouldn't be needed for a historical novel to work.
With good editing, Code to Zero could have become an engrossing yarn. However, it is simply too poorly crafted to approach that potential.
23 of 23 people found this review helpful
Though it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat, and I felt the characters could have been a bit more developed, I still found this to be an entertaining and well written book. There were several plot twists that were an unexpected surprise, but for an espionage book, it was still a bit mild.
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