" While many of the elements of fiction I loved were in place, interesting protagonists, intriguing settings, brain-bending true-to-life science (neuroscience), spies, assassins, questionable memories, martial arts, and moving action, I felt the end lacked... something. It didn't feel like the most powerful ending that Morrell could have written. On the whole, I liked the book and will lend it out to my friends. I learned a lot, though, about Executive Protectors, tradecraft, Japan, and Japanese Culture. Morrell presented the Japanese culture in a way that a westerner can understand it more thoroughly than one would think. But, as is stated in the book, people of the western mind are not tribal enough to truly, completely, understand the Japanese mindset. And, to a degree, Morrell seems to be admitting that he too only has peripheral understanding of the mindset himself. But, as all good authors, he shows you what he does understand and uses that as any adroit magician will do to hide what he does not understand.
On the whole I did like it and would recommend it. "
— Mason, 1/18/2014