I said that I awaited the next of the Treasons cycle with bated breath. And every breath was worth it. Wow! The saga continues. This time we have the back story to York Ballin's journey into where how he came to be in the Navy and a lifer in 'Choice of Treasons'.
This is a gripping story that had me flipping through the pages.
I love Doty's writing. It's all here, the underdog with a mysterious background who works his way up through the ranks. Always there's a catch! He's the badly treated hero who still comes through, fighting a mindless war, controlled by the higher echelons of society, with lives being thrown away without regard to the fact that they are more than numbers on a tally sheet.
An unusual ploy, having as the second book as virtually the prequel for the first in the series, relating how York Ballin arrives at the point of being in the navy in 'A Choice of Treasons'. Can I connect this treatment of the storyline to that of The Norman Conquests by Alan Ayckbourn where the same weekend is viewed in three different rooms? It seems to me that Treasons is giving us three different timelines and perspectives of Ballin's life from which to read. We've had two. I am looking forward to the third. I really like this technique. I immediately reread 'A Choice of Treasons just to place both aspects of Ballin's life so far side by side. What we do see is that Ballin is not only a survivor, but there is something innately good about him, that puts him apart from others
Another exciting facade of York Ballin's story that's as mysterious, as heart wrenching on occasion, as it is bold.