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Not impressed heretofore
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 7, 2016
I read The Templar Legacy over a decade ago and I have eagerly awaited each new Cotton Malone book since. I preordered this book nearly four months ago. I am currently about 30% into this book and I'm not impressed. With other CM books I would read for hours until my eyes watered. They were proverbial page turners. Not so much yet with this point. I have had to put the book down several times. It had been my impression that Mr. Berry was a thorough and dedicated researcher. The style and tone of this book almost sems like it was written by someone else. Some passages feel like they were taken from Wikipedia, a few words deleted or moved and put into the book.
I refer to the books description of a Soviet RA-115 (suitcase nukes). The definition given in the book on page 55 (Kindle) says,
An RA-115 "..."is engineered to last for years, so long as it's wired to a power source. In case of a loss of power, a battery backup is provided. If the battery runs low, the weapon had a transmitter that sends a coded message by satellite to a Russian embassy or consulate"
The Wikipedia entry on the RA-115 says,
"They can last for many years if wired to an electric source. In case there is a loss of power, there is a battery backup. If the battery runs low, the weapon has a transmitter that sends a coded message either by satellite or directly to a GRU post at a Russian embassy or consulate.
The passages are nearly identical. Is Mr. Berry using a ghostwriter?