Conspiracy to make English impossible for a foreigner to learn. Take just one example: words ending in -ough. Depending upon the preceding first letter(s), almost every word is pronounced differently.
(If any word is unfamiliar, look it up.)
And, since when does g rhyme with f.
This is as bad as articles in German, which also have no rhyme or reason for their assignment to nouns.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.