I'm going to be in the minority on this book but I felt the first half at least was way too slow going. The book could have been about 75 pages less and we still would have got the gist of the story without all the day by day training sessions and drives back and forth on the transit. Once the action started (not until about the last 1/4 of the book) it was better. However, if it would have been a paperback I probably would have skipped a bunch of pages or perhaps even put the book down unfinished. I'm scared to read the next book just for the reasons above. I could not handle it if the second book moved as slowly as the first.