Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book?
This book had some really good sections and super bad ones. The beginning dragged, the middle appeared to flow and then the ending was so rushed you hardly had any time to digest what was happening.
How realistic was the characterization? Did the actions of the characters seem plausible?
If you've read any popular spy book, then there is nothing new about this book. Some actions of the characters are overly exaggerated and some seemed completely plausible. Michael Chase is the hero that is too good to be true and yet as a man in search for the truth, anyone can related to him at some point.
How does the setting figure into the book? Does it come to life? Did you feel you were experiencing the time and place in which the book was set?
Some parts of the setting were really hard to understand and relate to because they were foreign destinations no matter how well they were explained.
What are some of the book's themes? How important were they?
While all the mystery and spy stuff is prevalent, one of the more crucial themes to this book was relationships. Especially the father-son relationship and MIchael's need to move on after his father's death.
Did the book end the way you expected?
In most ways, yes and this is a good thing. I am not a big fan of books that leave you guessing and waiting for book two.
Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.