** spoiler alert ** The premise of a book of a secret agent is very exciting, and the setup of second world war made it look more promising. But frankly, this paper thin story line is what lets down the novel. This novel does not deliver the racy and suspense narration one expects from a setting like this. The author takes a little too much time to set things up before he goes into the actual story, so much so that we get bored even before reaching the half way point. Some plot points in the narration shine, like the sequences in Bern and depiction of war-trodden Germany but the author failed to build a narrative around this, oft repeating his points. After one point, it becomes very difficult to grasp the intentions of Kolbe, things moving quickly towards the end with no real explanation doesn't help. The author should have taken his time in explaining motives clearly rather than stating the Kolbe's love towards Marlene and hate towards Hitler every second page. Many loose ends are left untied towards the end. Overall, it is pretty disappointing affair especially because I expected a much more strong narrative than this.
Narration is so dry that it will make Ludlum blush.
Why did they even bother fictionalising a perfectly good real life incident, interesting as it is? They have not fleshed out the scenery, or the characters, or the narrative. What's the point of a novel then?