Before we get into discussing Triad, I have to complain about a stylistic trope Rohmer keeps using that is getting on my nerves. He's fond of stopping sentences in the middle to identify who he is speaking about by inserting the proper name after the pronoun - as if he doesn't trust the reader to remember who he's talking about. 3 examples, 2 from Periscope Red and 1 from Triad:
1. …the year that he, Said Kassem, had been born in Haifa.
2. As matters stood, he, Smirnov, had a good chance.
3. If he, Kozlov, had been inducted into the Politburo...
There are, unfortunately, many more examples that he, Rohmer, has used in probably each book.
While I'm at it, just when I start admiring something he's written, along comes something like this sentence where he, Rohmer, would rather insert 7 commas into what should he 2 or 3 sentences just to keep it running on, as if he would lose the reader if dared use a period: " For it was absolutely essential that, if the fundamental principle of command and control from the central position, Moscow, was to prevail, the chief of the general staff of the Soviet Armed Forces had to have the capability of bypassing his field commanders to get information directly from the spot, and, if necessary, to give direct orders."
End of my grammatical complaints (for now). I am in the second half of Triad - are either of you done? What do you think?