PositiveThe Washington Independent Review of BooksThe cast is vivid ... brings many scenes to life with novelistic detail ... The author lays out the story with the pace of a procedural and the perspective of an historian ... Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones has assembled here an impressive raft of new material through Freedom of Information requests and research at the U.S. National Archives. His writing is not always nimble, and sequences can be confusing. Some passages feel stilted, and we lose main characters for long stretches. But his storytelling instincts are strong, and it’s quite a tale. The real-life characters live and stray far beyond the conventions of spy novels, revealing a usually hidden cross-section of society mired in misdirection and ego at every turn.
PositiveWashington Independent Review of Books\"Warlight moves with the same sinuous language as [Ondaatje\'s] earlier books ... The story can twist out of reach at a few points, but Ondaatje reels us back — sometimes years later ... Warlight sets this drama appropriately amid London fog at its murky edges — the shores of the Thames and its lacework of canals; the countryside near Suffolk. In finding his way through the story, the author crosses new lexicons, and we emerge from it like after a hard rain.\