Not a bad read, but…
I have some issues with In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard that have diminished my enjoyment of the book.
The language and writing style is one of the things I've least appreciated. They are convoluted, old-fashioned, and pompous. I think the story would've been more enjoyable if delivered in a breezy, straightforward style, instead of narrating in such a roundabout way.
The second thing I've found frustrating is the length of the novel, which is too long. If the author condenses the waiting for relevant information, instead of dragging it for pages on end, the book would be at least one-third shorter. As a reader, I've had the sense of being on the brink of an action that either never comes or is unreasonably delayed yet again.
It's just too bad because the plot is intriguing.