While the plot was intriguing and the action was pretty good, the dialogue was a bit stilted at times and pretty silly at others. The scenes of torture were too gruesome for me and I just skipped over them which didn't seem to change my understanding of the plot at all. That would seem to make them gratuitous rather than necessary. I have a feeling this author can do better than this and I will try another one in this series to see if it gets better. If it doesn't, I'll have to give up on this author.
(Old review brought over from GR)