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What did you like best about Signs of War? What did you like least?
I like the concept of the Watchman agency, albeit somewhat far-fetched. The overarching plot was interesting, but not as well executed. The continuity seemed to wain at times and I just couldn't get as engaged as I would like. Iranian missiles, Venezuelan involvement, Mexican drug cartel, crooked federal agents... throw in a diving donkey and you have a real spectacle. Make no doubt, I enjoyed the book and the narration by Elijah Alexander really breathes personality into the characters more than almost any other narrator to whom I've listened. But It tries to do too much in too short a period of time. All the different moving parts are very Clancy-esque, but the book is too brief to do them all justice in a manner that adds to the overall story.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have dedicated more content to developing the various subplots that eventually come together in a somewhat disjointed manner. It's as if a Saturn V rocket were given the motor of a Mercury Atlas rocket. The Iranians involvement was cursory at best and Mr. de Marigny could have leveraged the "evil" Iranians to really stir the pot, but alas there was no development whatsoever of the Iranian characters, none of which were even named if I recall correctly. The same goes for the Venezuelan involvement. There was insufficient intrigue developed with the Venezuelan connection apart from a couple of Venezuelan "special forces" personnel. The world knows very little about Venezuelan special operations and this book did nothing to add to that. It is easy to pick Venezuela as a protagonist in South America and the Western Hemisphere, but Cuba might have been a better choice as any unfriendly government in North, South or Central America could have been used just as effectively without any real development.
Which scene was your favorite?
SPOILER ALERT: The Cartel boss' comeuppance was well done, while the comeuppance of the ICE agent in charge was almost anticlimactic.
Do you think Signs of War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
It already does.
Any additional comments?
Still a great value and a good read for fans of the genre.