Sadly, being the last book in the Dark Age series, this book left more questions than answers. Fire and foremost, whoever edited this book was either blind, drunk, or just incompetent. There are many typos, grammar errors, misworded sentences, and punctuation faults.
Now to business. Nothing good happened in this book. That's one of the things that turns me off the most. The Lyrans got screwed, The Republic Integrity was sullied, all of the likeable characters were either murdered, lobotomized, or turned into devils, and the tyrants and monsters all went on not only living, but gaining even more power. WHAT THE HELL?! If you're going to end a book line then at least tie up SOME ends. This book didn't tie up any at all. The HPG network is still down. Fortress Republic is still unchallenged and undisturbed. The Wolves and the Falcons are running rampant. Archon Caleb and Khan Hazen are still insane. Tucker is still screwed. Alexi Holt is now the devil(along with every other Republic operative). Alaric is still as self absorbed(and alive, I hate that guy) as ever and Anastasia went from a fanged wolverine to a cowering pussy cat. All the author did was turn the entire universe on its head, butcher all the good characters, refuse to finish what he started, and leave you high and dry. Everything about the way the book progressed and ended just makes me angry. If you're a hard core Battletech fan I'm sorry to say you'll be sadly disappointed.