Ok. If you are reading then there is a very good chance you will have read, and enjoyed the previous six adventures of Kris Longknife and her almost private army. Mike Shepherd takes a slightly different tack in this tale of high adventure. Longknife finally meets up with the dread Iteeche, only previously mentioned in dark tones in the earlier books, and being the unconventional, bold character she is, becomes involved in a dialogue rather than a war. Now this thread takes up most of the book and as I read it I started to think 'Part 1 of...' - not that there is anything wrong with that - Mike Shepherd's style and ease with his characters makes the book at one absorbing and enjoyable. Of course no Kris Longknife book is complete without action in the form of explosions, shoot-outs, mayhem and a couple of twists - I'm not going to say anything about that, don't want to spoil the read for anyone - however Jack is a bit more prevalent- and we've still got the 'R' word hovering between Jack and Kris. Yes this certainly leads into the next in the series, and I for one can't wait! - In the meantime- Simply going to have to start reading the whole series again.