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I was bored.
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020
I've long been a fan of the author, but the last couple of books in his latest series just haven't done it for me.
This is better than the last one, but it's still a slog to get through. Though our main character was a bit pompous, I was with him for a while, hoping that things would work out and he'd find out the reason behind everything.
But the book soon turned into...a rather miserable tour book to Japan? Really. We got some interesting but dismal passages on Japanese prisons, Japanese views of race, and even the Yakuza - none of which had anything do to with the mystery of our main character's identity.
By the end of the book I no longer cared if Taured was real, didn't care if our main character made it home or not, and really sort of hoped he may end up dead because I disliked him that much.
It is readable, but not the fun and entertaining book I was looking for at all.