I have to agree with the reviewer who said this book isn't a patch on Banks. It was entertaining, and I will definitely be picking up the other two books in this series, but it did have faults too. For instance, Roche is an intelligence officer with the COE... a spy if you will, yet she seems completely unable to take care of herself. She is trained to evaluate situations and fight if need be. She is supposedly skilled with or without weapons, yet The Box seems to do all her thinking for her, and Cane all her fighting.
Roche did not come across as a believable spy to me. She was more like a woman caught up in events she had no control over and was obviously in over her head from day one. As someone else said, this book is a conventional space opera. It is an easy and quick read, but certainly not a thought provoking one. I do look forward to learning more about Cane in the next book. He is the only character with some mystery about him. The other characters are pretty much standard for this kind of story.