I believe Mr. Harral cast the first hook in the prologue. Though I did have to take a minute to understand his need for the many details in the chapters which followed, once I did, the character development, locations, and acronyms began falling in place. The author did a beautiful job of leading the reader into the core of the novel, and then BAM, the second hook was thrown. At this point, I was fully engaged and enjoying every bit of it, while finding it difficult to put the book down! Congratulations, Mr. Harral on a great novel! Sequel?