I would give this novel a B-. The first and last 100 pages of the book were the most interesting, and the 400 in between were, quite frankly, boring. It's basically a history of Manhattan, which I expected from the premise. Unfortunately, it ignores the story of the main character for too long to really keep me interested.
Hamill is too wordy for me in this novel as well. I kept thinking, "OK, get to the point!" It took me a really long time to finish the book because I just wasn't that interested in picking it up and reading.
According to the Amazon reviews, most people absolutely loved it so don't let me keep you from giving it a try.
#10 in 2008