This latest entry into the continuing future history of humanity's best friend, the Bolo, is entertaining and gripping, most especially during the battle sequences. The nemesis this time, the Malach, are actually pack-hunter Velicoraptors with a high I.Q. and superiority complexes who work under an absolute matriarchy. They come from across the great void between galaxies to prove their genetic superiority, while stripping human worlds of refined materials along the way. The only thing that stands in the way of their plans are the cybernetic armored behemoths renown as Bolos. The hero, a middle aged lieutenant who has a difficult time following orders from incompetent superiors, well commands two Bolo Mark XXIV's. Even though harnessed under queer constraints of an a-typical, paranoid bureaucracy, the Bolos work their usual miracles with the lieutenant close at hand providing the "human element" that helps save the day. In a fight to the finish with the Malach, after they've conquered two human-occupied worlds and defeated numerous older, much less capable Bolos, the Mark XXIV's give them an outstanding contest. In comparison with earlier installments of Bolo tales, this story is a bit slower when the romantic and chivalrous aspects of the tale are invoked to carry the story line. Some of the interaction between the hero and heroine are thin, but the action sequences will blow you away. Another fine addition to the on-going chronicles that builds on the immortal legend that is . . . Bolo.