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on how to stretch a limited plot line? Write a story presenting multiple viewpoints of the same events, then skew the event slightly and rewrite. I must admit that he writes very evocatively, but of nothing. There is no "there" there once you get to the end. He writes well enough that I finished, but I don't feel any better for having done so.
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I love stories set in two time periods but this outshines them being set in the first and second world wars as well as the war which is set in the future.
I found it easy to follow as there are eight parts to the story, the main character tebor being the focus on every other part. it all comes together at the end as all good stories should.
john banks did a good job performing the book.
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It starts out with promise and intrigue but half way through bogs down into interminable trivia and a torturous obsessing over Spitfires. I found this unbearable and pointless. It may be that the multiple questions raised in the first half are answered at the end but I can't see any conclusion that would justify the investment, so I am forced to leave this offering three quarters finished. In this way, after four novels, I also take my leave of Christopher Priest as an author, who in every book seems unable to capitalise on a compelling start, the tension dissipating as the narrative runs out of steam and loses its way.