The Code Bearers by John Westwood

This book by John Westwood  involves an interesting slice of naval history from the First World War, about a British naval attache in Russia finding a German code-book.  It also includes a charming romance.

I liked the main character, Bruce Stirling, and I found his love interest intriguing.  However, I found the writing too explanatory at times, and I also found the dialogue contrived.  I am used to the Ramage series and other naval books, and, unfortunately, the level of writing is often excellent in this genre.

I did wonder whether it would have been better to write this story as a non-fiction history.


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