I believe that your personal politics will play a big part in whether you like this book or not. Conservatives will probably not like it and liberals probably will. As a moderate, the authors unrelenting desire to inject politics into a sci-fi/time travel/adventure was simply annoying.
In the world according to Mr. D'Amato, the United States, Caucasians, Mormons, the C.I.A., Corporations, Haliburton (ok, he got that one right) Tom Clancy, Alicia Keys and National Geographic are all bad.
The research is brilliant and the idea for the story is solid. I was really looking forward to reading this novel. But this is a wonderful idea squandered. The storyline is slow and strangely the pace does not increase as the book progresses. The lead character is marginally tolerable. At one point the author rags on Tom Clancy, but D'Amato is likewise very detail oriented, only unlike Clancy, often at the expense of the story.
In fact, lots of information appears to have no purpose other than for the author to convince his readers that he is a really smart guy. And this is a planned trilogy? Sorry, it's one and done for me.