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I like Kage Baker's books a lot and have most of them in hardback, but this is about her weakest to date. It's not a bad book, Baker couldn't write a bad book if she tried. The setting and science are convincing, the characters are colourful, mostly, the writing is good, it's never dull and there is always plenty going on.
And at this point I imagine you're wondering what on Mars I'm moaning about and only giving it a three star rating for. The answer is fairly simple: the struggle of the protagonists is never really convincing. The baddies -the British Arean Corporation and its representative on Mars are straw men. There is never a moment when you doubt that our heroes will win the day because the antagonists are useless and easily manipulated. There is never any sense of real threat and, as a consequence, no real drama.
It's a fun read but one without any substance.