This story is not as suspenseful as Nora Robert's other stories that I had read. There isn't as much surprise because the beginning of the story clearly shows who the villain is and what his motive is. While the suspense is a little lacking, the romance and the intricacy of running an antique store and art collecting keeps the book entertaining. The fact that Nora Roberts's heroines always have unique and interesting career shows readers that there are always a lot of interesting ways to make money other than being an attorney like many heroines in other novels.
This book is about the wife of a partner of a successful law firm who left behind her 12-year old and 4-year old daughters to go to fight the war in Iraq. It's just difficult to be convinced that a woman from an upper class family would leave her husband and traumatize her young daughters to go to war in Iraq. Even in a futuristic World War III setting where Pearl Harbor would be attacked again, an affluent attorney's wife leaving her young children behind to volunteer herself to fight in war would be a story being too far-fetched.
While it's admirable for any woman who dedicates herself in serving her country, a mother's utmost duty as a patriotic citizen should be caring and protecting her own children. Any mother who has the financial security and background like the heroine but who fails to be there for her own kids is not the ideal candidate to be assigned the responsibility to protect her country or the lives of other soldiers.
The heroine in the story is totally unlikable because all she cares about is the thrill of flying a helicopter and her sense of honor. What's not so honorable about her is she puts her vanity and desires above her children and family and just use "patriotism" as a veneer to cover her selfishness.