The first part of the book, leading up to the explosion, is very good. The second part, however, gets bogged down in endless lawyer tales as well as boring details about the private lives of the characters. The author lack balance, as well, in failing to point out the outrageous British violations of neutrality, truth, and common decency.
The book lacked focus. Parts kept my attention to the point I stayed in my car to hear what happened next, but more often than not, I found myself asking why is the author yet again developing another character only to leave me wondering what happened to the character just developed.
Take a pass on this book.
Started pretty slow and stayed that way. Did not listen to all 10 discs. History was a little too clinical and jumped around with a lot of different characters....for real history buffs only.
This book gives a very good picture of German espionage in the US prior to WWI. Students don't learn this stuff in school because schools don't want to offend groups. It was fascinating to hear of the extent & sophistication of German spying in this country.