Wolf Star follows the continuing adventures of the USS Merrimack and her crew following the events at the Myriad, which make it a sort of sequel / prequel / alternative history.
Many things are the same, but not everything. Augustus is sadly missing throughout most of the book and poor Lt Colonel Steele is carrying a torch for Kerry but not doing anything about it. There are also no gorgons (at first) and Rome and the US are at war, but gradually this changes.
But the fundamentals of the world and the crew of the Merrimack are the same and just as engaging as before.
It's a much tougher ride for Captain Farragut in this book. He's faced with some pretty difficult moments and it's interesting to see how he copes.
Some of the more minor characters from The Myriad get a chance to shine. Commander Calli Carmel is to the fore for much of the start of the book and has some fantastic scenes of hijacking and a rather sticky legal problem.
It's really interesting to see the crew as they meet the gorgons for the first time and follow them as they begin to understand the scale of the threat and what they can do about it.
There are lots of great bits in there, but in particular I loved the idea of Colonel Steele arming his marines with plant fronds on the Gladiator.
It's a great book which is clever and interesting enough, and has such fantastic characters, that it's a pleasure to read a variation on the basic set up of The Myriad.
I'm really looking forward to the next part.