Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
World War II is behind them, but now an ominous Iron Curtain is descending in Europe. American Jake Burnes, Frenchman Pierre Servais, and their two wives travel to Turkey to help set a defense against Communist expansion in Istanbul Express, a novel by author T. Davis Bunn.
I’ve enjoyed the Rendezvous with Destiny series, especially the first novel, Rhineland Inheritance. It was a pleasure to see the four main characters teamed up in this conclusion, and I gained a new favorite, an older character by the name of Phyllis. She brings some refreshing moments to the story, including a fair share of its humor.
While I’d say the suspense and tension in this historical series is on the low-key side in general, I imagined the series might still go out with more of a bang, especially considering some of the high moments in the first four books and the intriguing setup at the end of Berlin Encounter.
However, in this last story, I found the tension and mood so low-key and the pace so sedate that my interest wandered a few times through it, and I never got deeply engrossed in it. More than past the halfway point, I was still waiting for things to pick up, and the ending doesn’t bring the series to a satisfying close so much as the story just seems to choose a place to stop, having nowhere else to go.
I also wondered about the number of punctuation errors in the edition I read (Books 4 and 5 combined in a hardback) and places where the recurring lack of conjunctions feels more awkward than stylish, as if the wording wasn’t given a final polish.
But overall, I got what I was looking for when I decided to read some new-to-me books from the ’90s by one of my longtime favorite authors.
Here’s my review of Book One in the Rendezvous with Destiny series, Rhineland Inheritance.