Been a bit slow with this one. My reading rate has been severely scuppered by a load of other “life” related issues.
On the whole I’m a fan of Boyd’s work. This is not one of my favourites. To me this book has none of the great character development we find in other books such as ordinary thunderstorms or Brazzaville beach. I felt no connection to the characters and rally didn’t care about the story. It has shades of Robert Goddard but not RG at his best. It is too close to the brilliant book ” cutting for stone” by Abraham Verghese, but lacks the originality of this (and I’m pretty sure this came after “cutting for stone”). Yes it’s a book about pioneers (surgery,flying, architecture), but it drops to the level of poor crime thriller fiction to achieve this