This is my review of the book The ways of the World by Robert Goddard, which I have read recently. I have always enjoyed reading Robert's book and was looking forward to this one. I am pleased to say it did not disappoint, though did leave me slightly frustrated at the end but we will come to that later.
Like so many books recently this is based around the Great War, but in this case it is in 1919. A period that I know very little about, but this did not matter. Robert some how manages interweave history and characters together in a way that makes the story line totally plausible.
Without giving too much away the story line is all about the negotiations at the end of the Great War. Armistice was signed in 1918, but the war was still officially in place, all be it no fighting in the trenches, just the diplomats, fighting over who will get what.
Add a murder and an ex-RFC flying ace James Max Maxted, our hero, give it a good stir of mystery and out comes a page turning mystery. Three quarters of the way through the book, I did think that there are a lot of loose ends here, and in fact new ones seem to be being added. How was it all going to come to an end.
Well a few of the strands are drawn together but the majority are left open as it is book 1 of a trilogy, which I had not noticed when reading. So very frustratingly I will have to wait to read the next part of the story. Other than that this was a very enjoyable book.
So this was book 50 week 39 fiction 47 (audio books 14) non fiction 3
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