I'm giving this book qualified approval. I love the galactic soap opera storylines, the characters, the political agendas, the scheming, and the "good guys make it through" thing. I love the concepts, especially where the science, so far in front of what we can currently achieve, seems so credible on such a narrow basis of fact.
What I can't forgive is the mind-boggling complacency in the proofreading. There is no excuse for laziness. If you are selling as many copies as this writer seems to be, you can afford to check it's spelled correctly. I can't see how the publisher let it all go through uncorrected. It just takes the shine off the enjoyment of a great story. Come on Randolph, buy a dictionary already! No, a spell-checker won't do the job, it can't distinguish between "their" and "there", or "led" and "lead". Time for some good honest tidying-up.