I am providing the same intro as I did in my review to "West Pacific Supers: Rising Tide" to provide any potential readers with a bit of a disclaimer.
I will preface this by saying I'm a fan of superhero/metahuman/powers-based fiction. While I developed that interest through comic books in my youth, I find that I am enjoying the long novel form for this genre.
I really enjoyed "Rising Tide," so getting "Victory at Any Cost" was a guarantee. I'm glad I did.
In my prior review, I had indicated some of my concerns, and it seemed like a lot of those were addressed in some form or another (not as the result of my review mind you) fairly early on in "Victory at Any Cost." I just felt I had a better idea of how the cities/superheroes handled issues during the non-peak "superhero-ing" season. I got the "reality" I wanted to this fantasy.
Overall, I found this to be a good, fast-paced read. I felt the author avoided some of the pitfalls and predict-abilities of the superhero genre, and really kept me on my toes. There were a lot of unexpected changes throughout the book, which I found refreshing. (Perhaps some of that stems from the role-playing origins?)
As a result, and this speaks to some of the other reviews, there are some characters that get lost in the shuffle a bit. With so much going on, it can be hard to keep track and some of the character development may not have been as strong in the tighter-group dynamic of "Rising Tide." That said, it didn't hurt my enjoyment, and I loved the ride the author took us on.
In addition, it didn't take me long to really feel like this was a continuing story. Many faces we had brief encounters with in "Rising Tide" came back to the forefront, and I feel like I need to be patient with how this "universe" ultimately unfolds before us.
I gave this a 5-star rating because the story really clicked with me. If you like superheroes, I feel this would be worth your time!