2 of 5 stars.
Honestly, I read this story because of the author's name and his family's history. I thought maybe he had something new to bring to the game. I am afraid not. Although the characters were interesting and the plot promised a good story (Murder, deceit, and a struggle for power at West Point and within Congress.) ultimately the writing fizzled out.
The characters became cardboard and their behavior unbelievable. (I truly believe a powerful U.S. House committee chairman would pound his gavel, retake the floor and declare a general in contempt of Congress if he was presented with the behavior of Lt. General Rysam Slaight, Superintendent of West Point. And the bad guy, Brig. General Gibson, went from being a cold, manipulating creature to a crazy madman in about two pages so the author could finish up the book.)
On the positive side the story was readable and didn't have any of those publisher's/line editor's mistakes that so many popular stories have these days. At least someone at the office read it before they sent it to press.
George W. Parker