A zestful, adroit and witty book, the story of a Greek adventurer, which may ghave had its inspiration in the life of Zaharoff, but which makes no pretensions to parallel its history. From bootblack to armament king, a sort of modern Horatio Alger, with the fascination of a success career, precarious adventure, stratagem. The central figure is a blackguard at times, dishonest, an opportunist, btu thoroughly entertaining (in fiction) and somehow engaging. There's plenty of humor; there's swift movement for the most part; there's erudition and sly with and thoughtful philosophy. A book for the Linklater market, for those who like original and unconventional intridgue and adventure.l A book it shoudl be fun to sell.