Harris has survived. Despite the fact that the Unified Authority handed him a fleet of ships, manned by thousands of clones, with the sole purpose to use them as target practice for their new natural born navy. Surviving even when his enemies had far superior technology, and much better mobility. Even being shot, poisoned, and having the combat reflex that so defined him on the fritz, Harris has survived and so has his determination to have clone independence from their UA creators.
Still on Terraneau, with only a few thousand marines under his command. Harris knows that the wreckage in the sky above him doesn't account for nearly all of his missing fleet. Caught up playing politics with a man who wants to make himself king, General / Right Reverend Doctorow wants nothing more than for Harris and his marines to get off Terraneau so he can run the show unimpeded. Harris is recovering, though he's doubting himself in ways he's never doubted himself before; his courage, his physical ability.
When Harris discovers how his fleet escaped the battle above Terraneau, he risks his neck to go out and find them. The Enlisted Man's Empire is out there, they've liberated planets from the aliens who captured and cut them off, they have hundreds of ships, millions of soldiers, and one big problem. Harris is conscripted in handling the cancer in the Clone Empire before it takes them under. The problems for the Enlisted Man's Empire are only very tip of what's going on in the galaxy, and Harris, the clones, and the United Authority are not read for what's next.
I loved this book. While Harris is a general, he isn't tasked with commanding thousands of marines, in another all-out, do or die campaign. The Clone Empire feels like it goes back to the roots of what really drew me into the Harris series. Harris going from planet to planet, investigating, trying to get to the root of what the enemy's game is. There's intrigue, twists and turns you won't see coming, and Harris has absolutely no one he can really trust. Everyone is trying to play him for their own ends, Harris is aware of the predicament he's in, but he has no idea what's really coming. The book was exciting, beginning to end. There was large scale action and the hand to hand fighting in which you love seeing the last Liberator clone. The Clone Empire was a great read, Steven Kent brings it back to the roots of the series while still expanding the depth of the universe and characters. I can't wait to see what will happen next.