The history in this historical fiction novel was a little too complicated to follow since it was set in a time (1863) and a place (Istanbul, Turkey) that I have such little knownledge of, it’s hard to understand some of what the author is talking about. You can tell he has studied this area extensively. The fiction part of the story was interesting enough (unexplained murders of soldier cadets), but lagged at times. I had to make myself finish it. It was okay, but not the riviting piece the back blurb would make you think it was. Sorry Jason.