There are some books that you just don't want to put down, The Clone Sedition is not one of those books. This book is impossible to put down, I couldn't have even I wanted to, I was so drawn in and engaged with the story.
The newest installment in the life and times of the last liberator clone, Wayson Harris, takes an entirely new direction from previous books. If you haven't read any of Kent's Clone books, this is probably a good place to jump in. In many ways, The Clone Sedition is a new series set in the same world, and includes familiar and new characters. The previous Harris book, The Clone Redemption, ended the long running story arc of the Avatari and the Unified Authority, making this a fresh start.
Harris is no longer racing across the expanse of the Milky Way trying to save humanity, natural born and synthetic, from annihilation. There is no practical means of leaving the Earth solar system, and he's settled, uncomfortably, into the role of the conquering administrator. When an situation arises on Mars that needs to be handled, Harris is eager to get back into a "leading from the front" position, and takes his marines to the red planet.
The Mars Spaceport is overflowing with refugees who are living in abject squalor. Some have turned to religious fanaticism in hopes of escaping Mars and getting to Earth, where there is more than enough room for them. These most desperate of the desolate see the Enlisted Man's Army as the source of their plight, and try assassinating several clones, including Harris. Their failure is what leads Harris to Mars to try to route out the dissidents. Nothing goes right for Harris after getting to Mars.
I'm not going to talk much about the plot beyond that point. The book is too good, to give any kind of spoilers. That's not to say you'll see what's coming, because you won't. There are a myriad of twists and turns, and they build upon each other to the point that the tension and fear really gets in your head. Kent does a masterful job of weaving an intricate and complex story that keeps you guessing and doubting.
Some points stand out that are worth mentioning. Not since the first book in the series has the fact of Harris' Liberator status really been a central point. Often times being a Liberator and having the intense combat reflex seems like just a tool that he uses and controls. This book throws that out the window, Harris has been through too much, fought too hard over the years, and his combat reflex is starting to take on a life of its own. While not quite addicted to violence, he's walking a thin line, and when the combat reflex kicks in, he revels in it, in a way we haven't seen before. Harris has never been so scary or deadly.
Also we're not in Harris' head this whole time out. We see through the eyes of Admiral Cutter, an old navy clone who has the highest rank in the EME, thanks to Harris. And Travis Watson, a civilian lawyer who Harris has hired to help him with the natural born population of Earth. It's so interesting to see Harris through the eyes of others. Harris knows he's a badass, but it's a fact born of experience, for him it's not something special. He doesn't see that others see him as everything from the most capable deadly sociopath ever to walk, to a living legend that has put everything on the line for his men time and time again.
As a bonus, we learn more about Ray Freeman than was ever previously known. If Harris is a living legend, Freeman is a demigod of badassery.
This book is darker than anything we're use to from Kent, but it's also richer in depth and development. The bar has been raised.