One thing you usually can't fault Mayer on is the vaste amount of history, factual knowledge, juicy tidbits and the occasional conspiracy theory in his novels.More often than not I find myself looking up something mentioned in his books that I was previously unaware of.The premise is quite good, very national pride, prunk and glory sort of thing. I enjoyed the way Mayer managed to link the idea back to many important historical events and figures throughout the centuries. As for the plot it was wishy washy and repetitive in parts. I find when Mayer mixes his historical plots and the modern ones his storylines don't always gel well. Unlike his Black Ops series, which is much better.I received a free copy of this book for my review.