wow. it's fair to say that i opened this book with above average expectations from leon uris, having read a few of his books before, and having thought they were quite good. so a touch of my opinion of this book comes from that. but really, objectively, this book is just awful. i haven't read something this patently poorly written in a while. this was so, so, so bad. it's not even worth saying what he was trying to do because he failed so miserably. i was initially going to write that this book read just like a nelson demille book (which is not a compliment from me), but i think in the end that that wouldn't give demille enough credit.